Occupying half of South Korea’s Jeju Island, Seogwipo enjoys a fairy tale-esque position surrounded by rugged volcanic coastline, cascading waterfalls, national parks and excellent scuba diving areas. Its natural spoils are complemented by a range of waterfront bars, seafood restaurants and family-friendly museums.
Things to do in Seogwipo
There are two major waterfalls near Seogwipo’s city centre, including the Jeongbang Waterfall, a 23-metre natural wonder that cascades over a rocky outcrop into the East China Sea. The nearby Cheonjiyeon Waterfall is 22 metres tall and boasts a small pond and a landscaped trail with native wildlife. Go for Jeju Island’s waterfall trifecta by adding the three-tiered Cheonjeyeon Waterfall, about 30 minutes away.
Visiting with family? Stop in at Teddy Bear Museum to see cuddly teddy bears dressed in elaborate costumes. It’s located next to the Believe It or Not Museum, which houses curiosities and bizarre artefacts. Jeju Waterworld is perfect for relaxing while enjoying lap pools, waterslides, an indoor golf range or hot springs.
Active travellers will love visiting Soesokkak, a famous waterway surrounded by lush forests that’s known for its kayaking and traditional raft rides. Test your courage on one of five hiking trails that traverse the shield volcano called Hallasan. At 1,950 metres tall, it’s the highest mountain in South Korea and home to Gwaneumsa, an ancient Buddhist temple built in the 11th century.
Soak up Seogeipo’s natural beauty along the Yongmeori Coast, where rock caves and layers of fossils and crystal-clear waters are perfect for diving. Don’t forget to take a break and enjoy some of the island’s fresh sashimi or Korean-style dining around the city centre.
Getting around Seogwipo
Seogwipo is spread out along the coastline, so you’ll need a vehicle to see most of it. The area is covered by inner-city and regional buses, along with taxis. You can walk around the city centre of Seogwipo, while scooter rentals are also available.