First released in 2017, with a second season in 2018, Hyori’s Homestay featured regular people coming in as B&B guests at veteran idol Lee Hyori’s home and followed their exploits around Jeju. It highlighted popular spots as well as lesser-known gems that gave viewers a clearer picture of what beautiful experience awaits on the island.
If you need to get to know Jeju Island, Hyori’s Homestay is the only show you need to watch. Here are just some of the most awesome places and things to do in Jeju based on the show.
Paddleboarding at Gwakji Gwamul Beach
Gwakji Beach is one of the most recognizable places in Hyori’s Homestay, brought to the fore by Lee Hyori’s love for the ocean. Loved by locals, it is a serene rocky beach with soft sand that’s popular for picnics and paddleboarding.
Nearby, you’ll find a traditional open-air public bath, along with various cafes and restaurants by the beach.
Location: Gwakji-ri, Aewol-eup, Jeju-si, Jeju-do
Scenic Stroll at Handam Coastal Trail
The 1.2-km Handam Coastal Trail offers a very refreshing stroll from Gwakji Gwamul Beach to Handam Beach, where many of Aewol’s famous cafes are located. Most of the coast is rocky, and you can spend time savoring solitude while listening to the waves hitting the rocks.
At the end of the trail, you’ll find Bomnal Cafe (featured in Warm and Cozy) and G-Dragon’s Monsant Cafe.
Location: 1359, Gwakji-ri, Aewol-eup, Jeju-si, Jeju-do
Hiking at Hallasan’s Yeongsil Trail
Yeongsil is one of the many trails around Hallasan that’s perfect for a moderate day hike. It does not reach the peak but instead takes you through 6 kilometers of beautiful mountain scenery, which is especially breathtaking during spring and autumn.
Location: 246, Yeongsil-ro, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do
Peaceful Visit to Cheonwangsa Temple
Found on the Eoseungsaengak Trail, Hallasan’s shortest course, Cheonwangsa Temple is a magnificent sight to behold. A picturesque temple in the midst of a thick forest that turns into different hues every season. Close by is Seonnyeo Falls, the only waterfall in Hallasan.
Location: 2528-111 1100-ro, Jeju-si, Jeju-do
Food Trip and Shopping at Dongmun Traditional Market
Hyori’s market runs have given us a glimpse of local life and Jeju’s abundance. At Dongmun Traditional Market, you’ll surely have fun exploring every alley and discovering unique local products, especially food!
Location: 20, Gwandeok-ro 14-gil, Jeju-si, Jeju-do
Birdwatching at Jongdal-ri Coastal Road
The coast of Jongdal-ri is the perfect walking course for nature and bird lovers. Along the trail, you can find Tokkiseom island and fish farms, which are areas where migratory birds are a popular sight.
A little farther away, you can also catch a glimpse of the magnificent Seongsan Ilchulbong, a popular sunrise spot.
Location: 1267-3, Siheung-ri, Seongsan-eup, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do
Sightseeing at St. Isidore Ranch
For farm life experience, St. Isidore Ranch is represented by the beautiful scenery of free-roaming horses on vast grass fields. Apart from that, it also features unique houses called Cteshphon, adapted from Iraq and originally built as farmer accommodation. Now, they serve as a unique backdrop for photos, especially popular among soon-to-weds.
Location: 53 Sanroknam-ro, Hallim-eup, Jeju-si
Rocky Adventure at Suwolbong Geo Trail
Featuring striking volcanic rock formations and coastal cliffs, Suwolbong is a great site to indulge scientific curiosity and learn firsthand about Jeju’s geological heritage.
If you reach Suwolbong Peak, which has an observatory, you may find views of Songaksan mountain and the islands of Chagwido and Jukdo.
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*Featured image via JTBC, Korea Tourism Organization