5 Days 4 Nights in Jeju Island : A Muslim-Friendly Holiday Destination

Feature Article
Written by @Lan 
Published for Jeju Tourism Organization

Located southwest of the Korean Peninsula, Republic of Korea’s largest Island and designated as Jeju Special Self-Governing Province, Jeju Island is well-known as a resort island and popular holiday destination with magnificent views. Thanks to Jeju Tourism Organization, we were privileged to visit this amazingly beautiful Island which is becoming more and more Muslim- Friendly. This is our 5 days and 4 nights experience as Muslim travellers in Jeju Island!

It was actually our first visit. Our main concern was definitely food. When we arrived, we were glad to know that there are quite a number of eateries across the island that are Muslim-Friendly. Problem solved! Next, places to visit. Sanni, our tour guide assured us that everything had been taken care of and all that we need to do; relax and enjoy! Awesome. For the benefit of readers and future visitors, we will be sharing our experience, according to our 5 days and 4 nights itinerary.

 

But first let’s get you familiar with Jeju Island; the essentials, especially for first-time visitors.

 

Getting Around Jeju Island

Below is a map of Tourist Spots in Jeju Island courtesy of Jeju Tourism Organization. Feel free to download as you might need it prior coming to Jeju. If you need more maps and more information, visit Jeju Tourism Organization official website, click HERE.

If you are planning to fully rely on the public transport to get you around Jeju Island, please refer to this LINK. VisitJeju official page clearly describe Jeju’s Public Transportation System. It also gives you an insight on how to move around by renting a car, taking the taxi or getting to and from the Island’s Airport.

Express and Trunkline Bus Route Map (Source)

 

Dining Guide For Muslim Visitors

When selecting appropriate eateries, Muslim travellers in Jeju may observe the 4 labels above. The specification for each category is clearly described in the diagram below. Eateries normally display their respective labels at the front of the outlet, enabling Muslim diners to determine whether to go in and dine or simply walk away. At the end of the day, it will be individual’s decision and it is always smart to politely walk away whenever there is doubt.

For a full list of Muslim Friendly eateries in South Korea, click HERE.

 

Muslims Prayer times in Jeju Island

For Muslim Travellers’ convenience, here is the link to current prayer times in Jeju (Faj’r to Isha’s), click HERE. As in other locations across the world, prayer times changes throughout the year. The link above will also gives you exact local prayer times in  all other locations in South Korea. Always ensure that you keep your prayer garments handy.

Note for Muslim Travellers:
More and more hotels and attractions in South Korea are extending their hospitality to fulfill the obligations of Muslim travelers. For a full list of facilities equipped with prayer rooms (especially in Jeju), click HERE

 

Other useful links
by Korea Tourism Organization
Guide for entry into South Korea (Link)
Jeju International Airport (Link)
Recommended place to stay (Link)
Full list of Tourist Destinations in Jeju (Link)
Travel Basics in South Korea (Link)

 

Our 5 days 4 nights itinerary

Day 1

Depart from Busan

We departed from Gimhae International Airport, Busan. We were in Busan for 3 days and 2 nights exploring the best of that awesome city (Link to our experience in Busan, click HERE). From Gimhae, we boarded Jeju Air for a short flight directly to Jeju International Airport. Upon arrival, Sanni, our cheerful tour guide met and brought us to the comfy tour bus!

 

Lunch at Badapungkyung

Located in Jeju-Si; Badapungkyung is an eatery that is Muslim Friendly and serves Halal Menu for Muslim Visitors. Famous dishes: Korean/Seaweed Soup with Sea Urchin but there are also plenty options available. The deep-fried grouper was absolutely yum!

654, Seohean-ro, Jeju-si
Phone: 064-711-7992
Hours: 1100-2300

 

Check-in at Maison Glad Jeju

Maison Glad Jeju is a 5-Star Tourist Hotel (Grade 1) with 457 rooms including 56 luxurious suites. Strategically  located in the city center, guests will have access to downtown shopping area! The hotel offers 4 room categories namely Superior, Deluxe, Premium (Premium, On-dol, Terrace) and Suite (Junior, Family, Heritage, Corner, Parlor, Royal and Presidential). Breakfast is served at Samdajeong Restaurant. Shuttle bus to and from the airport is available. We stayed in the Premium Room located in the main building. Read our review, HERE.

80, Noyeon-ro, Jeju-si, Jeju-do
Phone: 064-747-5000
Website: Click HERE

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Playbox VR @ Sumokwon Theme Park

We visited Sumokwon Theme Park to specifically play all the 5D (Playbox VR) but we also managed to visit its other attractions; Ice Museum and 3D Art Illusion! Outside the building, there’s a moderate size park with LED lights all over! Must-do thing if you come here is the state-of-the-art 5D attraction!

1329 Yeon-dong, Cheju, Jeju-do
Phone: 064-742-3700
Website: Click HERE

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Dinner at Cheonhaecheon

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We had shabu-shabu buffet here, having unlimited Seafood, Halal meat, vegetables, mushrooms, noodles and Haagen Dazs ice cream! There’s also a station where cooked food are served.  The shabu-shabu hotpot comes with two kinds of soup – spicy and herbal. We had both! Highly recommended for 2 reasons; delicious unlimited food and the eatery is Muslim-Friendly.

Private Prayer room for Muslims is available on the 1st floor.

25, Halldaehak-ro, Jeju-si
Phone: 064-742-1101
Hours: 1100-2300
Details: Click HERE

 

Day 2

Gwangchigi Beach

We had quick breakfast at the hotel as we’re to visit so many places today! First stop, Gwangchigi Beach. This beach is located in close proximity to Seongsan llchulbong/Sunrise Peak. The view of Seongsan Sunrise Peak from here is amazingly breathtaking! This beach appears in ‘Warm & Cozy’ drama, starred by Kang Sora and Yoo Yeonseok. It’s a great place for a pit stop before ‘hiking’ Seongsan Sunrise Peak.

 

Seongsan llchulbong

After a quick stop at Gwangchigi Beach, we visited Seongsan llchulbong. We’re amazed with that breathtaking view at Seongsan ilchulbong! It was formed 100,000 years ago by an underwater eruption on the shallow sea bed. It’s also listed as UNESCO World Heritage. At the base, 1.30pm and 3pm daily, watch the amazing woman divers demonstrate their diving routine. When not diving, they are selling their freshest sea harvest such as abalone, clams and many more. Read our full review HERE.

284-12, Ilchul-ro, Seongsan-eup, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do
Information: 064-783-0959

 

Candle Making Experience

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Jeju Bada, literally translated as “Jeju sea”, is a candle shop that is growing in popularity for their unique beach candles. We came here and ‘showcased’ our talent in making beautiful candles!

Aewol Haean-ro 272, Jeju-si
Instagram: Click HERE 

 

Maze Land

Our next destination was this mind-blowing Maze Land that covers an area of 50,000 square meters and features three different outdoor mazes (Whinstone, Woman and Wind Maze). The maze is made from stone and wood found in Jeju that describes Jeju principle of “three something” (rocks, wind and women). In total it’s 5.3km in length thus making it the world’s longest stone maze. One of Running Man episode was filmed here! There’s also a Maze Museum and collections of sculptures by “Jang Ging IK”. It’s indeed a great place to have fun with your kids, friends and family members.

2134-47, Bijarim-ro Gujwa-eup, Jeju-si
Website: Click HERE

 

Drone Game @ Jeju Best Hill

An interesting place not to be missed as it’s here that one will be able to maneuver a Drone, trying to score marks by flying it through some obstacles! It is located in Jeju Best Hill, used to be a place of filmimg site for Bangtan Boys (BTS) album and photos. Beautiful hot-air balloon theme trip is also available as well as accommodation facilities (Glamping Site and Pensions).

Note: This attraction is currently setting-up a prayer room for Muslim guests. In the future, they are planning to cater Halal meat for Muslim guests staying in their pensions (upon request)

2109-36, Namjo-ro, Jocheon-eup
Website: Click HERE 

 

Dinner @ Bagdad

We had our dinner at our most favourite restaurant in Jeju,  named as Bagdad. This restaurant serves Muslim-Friendly Indian Cuisine and we had Chicken Makhani, Tandoori, Naan, just to name a few! Must-visit if you are in Jeju, without a doubt; highly recommended!

38 Seogwang-ro 32-gil, Jeju-si
Phone: 064-757-8182
Facebook: Click HERE

 

Day 3

After breakfast, we checked out early from our hotel as we’re to stay at another hotel in Seogwipo (Bayhill Pool & Villa). More on that later, for now let’s continue with the activities!

Innisfree Jeju House

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We participated in Natural Soap Class activity where we made our own soap using ingredients found in Jeju such as green tea, tangerine and volcanic clay.

425, Sinhwayeoksa-ro, Andeok-myeon,Seogwipo
Phone: 064-794-5351
Website: Click HERE

 

Osulloc Tea Museum

OSULLOC Tea Museum nearby the Seokwang tea fields in Jeju is located next to Innisfree Jeju House. It aims to introduce and widespread Korean tea history and its tradition. The Tea Museum  consists a variety of spaces including indoor garden, Tea Cup Gallery and Tea Stone. The museum is visited by 1.5 million people annually.

15 Sinhwayeoksa-ro Andeok-myeon, Seogwipo city, Jeju-do
Phone: 064-794-5312/3
Website: Click HERE

 

Visit to WE Hotel Garden

Healing Therapy

It’s kind of exploring the healing power using various vibration of sound from some sort of bowls; something almost similar to what we have experienced in Nepal long time ago. It’s quite difficult to describe the process in words but in short, we felt very relaxed after the session, as if all the burdens on our shoulder have shifted away. This is one of many therapies offered by WE Hotel. The hotel does have extensive Wellness program that aims to help maintain and improve health.

Lunch

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We had lunch at Dachae (Muslim-Friendly as the hotel is able to provide halal meat upon request), one of their many dining outlets. We were served healthy but delicious food (Green Salad, Beef Skewer, Marinated abalone “Bibimbab” in soy sauce with seaweed, Seaweed soup with sea-urchin and Rice Punch).

Prayer Room

At WE Hotel, there is also a big private space for Muslims to perform prayers.

453-95 1100 Ro, Seogwipo Si
Phone: 064-730-1200
Website: Click HERE

 

Shangri-La Yacht Tour

The Shangri-La Yacht Tour at Jungmun Tourist Complex offers exciting private and public tours; with scenic cruise around the island’s southern shore! That’s not all as fishing is allowed and refreshments will be served. We went aboard Shangri-La V and it was indeed a memorable cruise. Though the weather was a bit bad, we still enjoyed every minute of it! When in Jeju, we highly recommend this activity for you and your family members/friends.

Website: Click HERE

 

Play KPOP

“PLAY K-POP” is a digital theme park where new media technology and K-pop music meet. The Live Holo Concert, a hologram concert, gives more excitement than an actual live concert. Live 360 3D, a 360-degree 3D animation video, is so real that you might feel as if the 3D images pass through your body. This interactive entertainment space also features regular exhibitions, special exhibitions, a cafe and a souvenir shop.

Prayer room is available at Play KPOP. (Credits: Edryana Idrus)

15, Jungmungwangwang-ro 110beon-gil, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do
Phone: 064-780-9000
Website: Click HERE

 

Yellow Cafe

Next, we went to Yellow Cafe, just across the road from Play KPOP! Must-try: their awesome Banana Milk and Banana Ice-Cream! If you do come here, try their Family Set (Cube Bread, Banana Latte, Americano and Banana Milk) for only 16000 KRW.

90 Jungmungwangwang-ro, Seogwipo-si
Phone: 064-739-1140

 

Dinner @ Chunsimine

Short drive from Play Kpop is this amazing eatery, ChunSimine that serves Muslim Friendly food! We went here and had their famous Hairtail or Cutlass Fish (in Malay: Ikan Layur, Selayur or Timah-Layur). Cost? 78,000KRW (2pax), 108,000KRW (3pax) or 138,00KRW (4pax). Pricey but worth eating; delicious. Alternatively, if you’re here, opt for the Roasted Mackerel set that cost from as low as 65,000KRW for 2 pax. Or Cutlassfiah stew in a pot for just 15,000KRW!

16, Changcheonjungang-r0, 24beon-gil, Andeok-myeon, Seogwipo-si
Phone: 064-794-4010

 

Check-in @ Bayhill Pool & Villa

Designed by architect Kim Dong Jin, Bayhill Pool & Villa is a luxurios pool villa located on the south of Haye-dong, Seogwipo City, Jeju. We stayed at this place for 2 nights. We’re indeed impressed with it’s spacious, luxurious 3-bedroom ‘Ice Castle’ Villa! It’s absolutely one of the best places to stay in Seogwipo City. Each Villa offer its discerning guests an outdoor swimming pool as well as private jacuzzi.

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Ice Castle Villa

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Our Room

A la carte Breakfast is served daily at Narnia, Bayhill Pool & Villa. Three things are notable here:  amazing view, delicious food and the Chef’s ability to prepare Halal Food for the Villa’s Muslim guests (upon request). Read our full review HERE.

424 Yerae-ro, Seogwipo-si, Jungmun
Phone: 064-801-9000
Website: Click HERE 

 

Day 4

Breakfast at Narnia, Bayhill Pool & Villa

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We had yum breakfast at Narnia! (Bread, Taboly Salad, Tumeric Rice and Halal Chicken Tomato Stew with Potato & Mushrooms).

 

Camellia Hill

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Our first destination this morning was Camellia Hill. It is home to 6,000 camellia trees of 500 different species including species that are known to produce the world’s largest and earliest blossoms. Camellia Hill also boasts palm trees, wildflowers, and other plants as well as a sprawling grass plaza and an ecological pond.

166, Byeongak-ro, Seogwipo-si
Phone: 64-792-0088
Website: Click HERE

 

Tangerine Picking @ Jeju E-In Farm

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We were here for Tangerine (Gamgyul) picking at Jeju-E-In Tangerine Farm! Tangerines here are grown in outdoor fields (noji-harvested November to February) or in greenhouses (harvested from March to October). For a small fee, one may pick tangerines and eat on the spot (unlimited) and take-away 1kg of Tangerines! Alternatively, buy em’ in large quantity. There is also a cafe where visitors may enjoy citrus tea, juices and desserts made from Tangerines.

20-14 Hogeunseoho-ro, Seogwipo
Phone: 82-10-2822-1787

 

Jeju Folk Village

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From Tangerine picking activity, we visited Jeju Folk Village which is not far from Pyoseon Beach. To preserve Jeju’s cultural heritage as it is, Jeju Folk Village makes Sanchon (Mountain Village), Eochon (Fishing Village), Tosoksinangchon (Folk Religion Village), JejuYeongmun (government of Jejumok during the Joseon Dynasty)and exiled House based on the 19th century. Jeju Folk Village displayed the over 100 traditional houses the ancients actually lived in.

631-34, Minsokhaean-ro, Pyoseon-myeon, Seogwipo-si
Phone: 64-787-4501

 

Jeju Herb Dongsan

Our next destination was Foot Bath/Spa at Jeju Herb Dongsan! After tiring tours, get your feet ‘refreshed, rejuvenated and smell nice!’ There is also a Herb Garden nearby filled with herbs and flowers for you to admire (plus LED Festival)!

170 Don-ohreum-ro, Pyoseon-myeon, Seogwipo-si
Phone: 64-787-7362
More information: Click HERE

 

Day 5

Breakfast at Narnia, Bayhill Pool & Villa

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On our last day in Jeju, we again had yumm delicious breakfast at Narnia! (Bread, Fatoush Salad, Tumeric Rice and Halal Beef Curry Chicken). It’s kind of sad eaving today since we love everything about Bayhill Pool & Villa especially Narnia!

 

Dongmun Traditional Market 

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We visited Jeju Dongmun Traditional Market which is a longtime indoor market with stalls selling fresh seafood, produce, clothing, general goods and yummy food! This market was established in 1945 and after a big fire in 1954, the market moved to its current location. Prices, way inexpensive and one may get an insight into locals’ culture, especially food!

 

Lunch @ Daewonga

Sadly our final lunch in Jeju. But, we did have an awesome lunch at Daewonga in Jeju-si! This Muslim Friendly eatery is well-known for its Abalone Spicy Seafood Stew!

15, Donam-ro 16-gil, Jeju-si
Phone: 064-753-3030

 

Christmas wish came true!

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We did wish for a White Christmas and we did not expect it to happen in Jeju. It did. Just before we left Jeju for Kuala Lumpur, we had our White Christmas, though way too early but we are grateful for that, still.

 

Bottom Line

Jeju is not only a beautiful island. It is a place we felt we belong to in the sense that we’re comfortable being here. We’re extremely satisfied with what we had seen and experienced. Food were delicious, most importantly; the eateries we visited are all Muslim Friendly. The locals were absolutely friendly and polite. Although there were times that language was a problem, it did not stop us at all to become more closer and closer to Jeju’s culture, life and its people.

That said, as Muslim Travellers, we can assure all first time visitors that being here is not really a problem at all. This island is perfect for your next vacay. Food, not a problem at all as Jeju Tourism Organization is trying their very best to accommodate Muslim Visitors especially when it comes to dietary requirements. Without a doubt, we would say that Jeju Island is becoming more and more Muslim-Friendly. It’s a perfect Muslim-Friendly Holiday Destination!

 

The trip to Jeju from December 4, 2018 to December 8, 2018 was organized and sponsored by Jeju Tourism Organization.

A little Thank You note:
We’d like to convey our utmost gratitude and appreciation to Estee, Nabila, Bemi and Sanni for all their guidance and help during the entire trip. 

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5 thoughts on “5 Days 4 Nights in Jeju Island : A Muslim-Friendly Holiday Destination

    1. Lan

      Hi Sakura
      Thank you for reading! We hope you will have awesome trip in Jeju do. It is one of the best places on earth to visit. Cheers! Lan and Joe

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