Jeju City

Jeju City (제주시) is the largest and capital city of Jeju Special Autonomous Province, South Korea.

Understand

Yongduam Park in central Jeju City. Here be dragons.

Predominantly the administrative and population capital of Jeju island, Jeju City is also likely the first and final stop for tourists, playing host to Jeju International Airport as well as the major domestic ferry terminal.

The city is fairly large yet compact, located on the north side of the island and sandwiched between Mt Halla and the coast.

Orientation

Map of Jeju City.

The city consists of the old downtown (Jungangno 중앙로) to the east and the surrpounding areas of Tapdong (답동, a port district north of Jungangno, also romanised as Topdong) and Yongdam (romanised differently on almost every sign: if it helps, there's nowhere else on Jeju with a similar name, the rock seems to be spelled Yongduam -- 영두암 -- and the surrounding suburb Yongdam -- 용담 -- on Naver). The inter city bus terminal lies just south of Jungangno.

Tucked slightly inland to the southwest lies Shin-Jeju: Jeju's new high rise commercial quarter and where the modern Korean highrise apartments reside. A humongous traffic intersection in Shin-Jeju acts as a western hub, feeding cars and buses across the entire west side of the island across one of three major highways: one coastal, one interior and the alpine 1100 metre road.

Finally, on the coast both north of Shin-Jeju and west of Jungangno lies Jeju International Airport.

Get in

By plane

Via Jeju International Airport. See the main Jeju page.

By bus

Inter-city buses, and the Airport Limousine (inter-city bus #600) travel frequently between Seogwipo on the south side of Jeju for 3000 won or as low as 1000 won from nearby rural townships. Intercity buses will terminate at the Bus Terminal, but all arriving via the west side of the island will pass by the stop outside Halla Medical Center.

By boat

Daily ferries go between Jeju and the mainland. See the main Jeju page.

Get around

By bus

Jeju City has an inner-city (shin-nae) bus system that is equally as efficient as it is poorly marked for tourists. Bus shelters have lists of stops in Korean only, but the stop names are mostly fairly non-descript and require you to have local knowledge or a map to make any sense out of them. Bus maps are not available from tourism centers, but English station lists can be obtained, the relevant information from which is reproduced below:

If this system was not frustrating enough as it is, you may have to transfer to go most places and the announcements tend to be quieter than on the mainland. Listen out for this when having to transfer between buses. Buses cost around ₩1,000.

On foot

Nothing in downtown Jeju is more than approximately 2 km from anywhere else so whilst not convenient, walking is quite feasible, and sometimes even faster. This includes the areas of Yongdam, Tapdong, Jungangno and the inter-city bus terminal.

See

Yongduam Rock.
Wooden Government Complex. Frogs are conspicuously absent.

Do

Buy

Dongmun markets, some utterly humongous traditional markets exist in Jungangno. As expected, they sell a lot of fish. Furthermore, modern, Western-style shopping can be found in the underground mall out on the main road.

Department stores such as Lotte and E-Mart exist in Shin-Jeju.

Eat

Being a seaside town, there are many great seafood restaurants available, so just take your pick.

Mid-range

Opposite Hotel Impress there is a row of seafood restaurants. The one closest to the sea has very friendly staff and serves a great meal.

Sleep


Go next

Seogwipo, a more upmarket and tourist oriented city on the south side of the island and home to the Jungmun Tourism Complex.

Alternately, use Jeju City as a base to explore the island's interior and attractions:


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