Jeju City, on Jejudo Island, is the capital of South Korea’s Jeju Province. In the city, Sinsan Park has displays of marine animals at Jeju Folklore and Natural History Museum. Jejuhyanggyo Confucian School houses ancestral tablets and offers calligraphy classes. On the coast, Yongduam Haesu Spa Land has seawater saunas. Nearby, divers at the dragon-shaped Yongduam Rock collect seafood using traditional methods.
Up for a hike? Then climb Korea’s highest mountain, Mt Hallasan! Located in the centre of Jeju Island, Mt Hallasan is a dormant volcano that is listed as a UNESCO World Natural Heritage sites. Despite its high altitude, it is quite easy to climb and most people can make it to the peak and back down within a day. From the peak, hikers are rewarded with a huge beautiful crater lake as well as breathtaking views of Jeju. For those not up for a hike to the peak, Mount Hallasan also has seven scenic trails, each less than 10 kilometres.
Teddy Bear Museum
Teddy bear lovers, go crazy here! Quite possibly among the most well-known museums in Korea, Jeju Teddy Bear Museum displays thousands of teddy bears from all over the world What more, some of these teddy bears have been painstakingly designed and created by hand. Walk through the history of teddy bears in the History Hall, where you can find bear-y versions of famous historical figures such as the Mona Lisa.Get artistic at the Art Hall and marvel at the latest artworks and animation characters.
This is one for Mummy and Daddy, kids. Open only to those above the age of 18, Loveland is – you’ve guessed it – a park focused on sexuality and eroticism. 140 sculptures of men and women in various states of undress and different sex positions litter the park, all of them works of students from Hongik University. Other elements you can find in Loveland include large phallic statues, stone labia and hands-on exhibits.
Jeju Folk Village Museum
Ever wondered how Koreans lived in the 19th century? Then travel back in time to the 1890s, by visiting the Jeju Folk Village Museum. More than 100 traditional houses and 8000 folk artifacts are housed in this cultural village for an educational immersion and your viewing pleasure. There are a total of 4 villages in the museum’s sprawling grounds: Mountain Village, Hill-country Village, Fishing Village and Shamanism Village. Several other exhibition halls showcase the artifacts used in farming and fishing, as well as folk performances.