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Jeju Island Travel Guide For Filipinos (UPDATED 2022)

ICYMI: South Korea is finally resuming the issuance of all tourist visas starting June 1, 2022. But if it’s too tedious for you to go through the visa application process, say no more — along with the country’s reopening comes the reinstatement of visa-free entry to Jeju Island!

Read on to find out everything you need to plan the best Jeju getaway this year!

 

 

Jeju Travel Guidelines & Requirements 2022

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Starting June 1, 2022, Jeju will once again welcome Filipino tourists visa-free, for a maximum stay of 30 days. 

Here is a checklist of requirements:

  • Philippine passport
  • Roundtrip tickets
  • Proof of vaccination (should include a booster if the second dose was taken past 180 days)
  • Negative result of RT-PCR test taken within 48 hours or rapid antigen test taken within 24 hours before departure
  • RT-PCR test within 3 days on arrival

 

 

How to Get to Jeju

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There are no direct flights from the Philippines to Jeju, and transiting via Seoul is only possible if you have a visa. 

That said, below are visa-free countries that Filipinos can transit through. Be sure to check for flights once Jeju’s visa-free entry has been implemented.

Before you get to Jeju Island, be sure you already have these travel essentials ready:

  • South Korean SIM card or travel WiFi – so you’ll stay connected throughout your trip, which is essential especially for finding directions and contacting your hotel.
  • T-Money card – which you can use for transportation and payment at convenience stores and other affiliated shops.

 

 

 

Where to Stay in Jeju

There are numerous amazing accommodation options throughout the island, and it’s easy to find one that can satisfy even the strictest budget. Below are the best areas to look for accommodation on Jeju Island. 

Expert tip: if you’re staying for three days or more, book hotels in different areas so you can get the most out of your trip to the island. The best formula is staying in Jeju City (north) and Seogwipo (south).

 

Jeju City

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If you’re in for a quick visit, Jeju City is the place to be. You get the laidback vibe of the island while being conveniently surrounded by lots of dining, shopping, and recreational options. It’s also a great jumpoff point to the island’s top attractions.

Top-rated hotels in Jeju City:

 

 

Seogwipo City

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Seogwipo is another major city, located south of the island and about two hours from Jeju City. It’s the perfect starting point for more nature-oriented adventures such as hiking and surfing. 

Top-rated hotels in Seogwipo City:

 

 

Seongsan-eup

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Waking up to the sunrise is also a magical experience you can’t miss in Jeju. And Seongsan-eup is the best place for this, with Seongsan Ilchulbong Peak providing an amazing viewing platform. If you plan to go island hopping, particularly to the must-visit Udo Island, Seongsan is also where you’ll be taking a ferry.

Top-rated hotels in Seongsan:

 

 

Where to Eat in Jeju

Eating is also a great adventure in Jeju! Here are the best food havens you should not miss. 

 

Dongmun Traditional Market

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Situated at the heart of Jeju City, Dongmun Traditional Market is where you can find it all. It’s a huge and exciting place to explore, with its labyrinthian alleys lined with mouthwatering finds — from fresh seafood and street snacks to local produce like the famous hallabong!

Location: 20, Gwandeok-ro 14-gil, Jeju-si, Jeju-do

 

Black Pork Street

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The first thing you have to know about black pork is that the meat is not black; the color refers to the pig’s coat. However, the meat does have a distinctly darker hue compared to regular pork, which also indicates a richer flavor. It is usually enjoyed at K-BBQ restaurants. Take your pick at the famous Black Pork Street in Jeju City!

Location: Gwandeok-ro 15-gil, Jeju-si, Jeju-do

 

Chilsimni Food Street

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Delightfully located along the coast of Seogwipo City, Chilsimni Food Street is lined with restaurants and cafes that offer views of the ocean as you dine. It is the best place to enjoy various seafood specialties. Pubs, BBQ restaurants, and Instagrammable cafes are also added into the mix. 

Location: Chilsimni-ro, Seogwi-dong, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do

 

Things to Do in Jeju

In such a small island, there are so many amazing things to do! You can find the best experiences around Jeju’s mountains, beaches, surrounding islands, and quaint local villages.

Check out KKday’s top recommendations!

 

Hiking at Hallasan

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For nature lovers and adventurers, South Korea’s highest mountain Hallasan should be the ultimate travel goal. For those not into extreme physical activities, you can choose from different trails that take you through the most scenic spots around the mountain. 

 

 

Museum Excursions

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There are about a hundred museums in Jeju, from living museums and outdoor exhibitions to cute and even quirky ones. Museum excursions are a great activity for families with kids — but also anyone with more peculiar interests.

 

 

Photo Tours

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There are many great places in Jeju that serve as a perfect backdrop for photos of all occasions. Photo tours not only let you capture the best moments but also ensure that you get professional photos worth sharing with others!

 

 

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