Hidden spots on Jeju Island that only the locals know of

Jan 10, 2018

South Korea’s Jeju Island has become a hotspot for domestic tourists as well as travellers from around Asia. Aside from checking out the famous Korean drama filming locations that draw fervent fans, take a walk on the less-trampled side of the island frequented by the island’s residents.

Gwaneumsa Temple

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Lesser known than Yakchunsa Temple, Gwaneumsa is a special place to the local Buddhist population. Located one bus stop away from the Gwaneumsa Hiking Course that takes you to Hallasan mountain’s summit, this complex – built during the Tamra Dynasty Era (BC 476 – 1005 AD) – consists of a main shrine, a bell tower and a pavilion. Stroll the temple complex and surrounding forests, and look out for the Jeju Roe Deer, which is known to roam the area. Guests can choose to spend a night at the temple, during which they can take part in meditation sessions.

Rose Marine’s

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If you find yourself in Seogwipo City, grab a table for an evening of makkgeoli (rice liquor) and kimchi jeon (pancake) with friends at Rose Marine’s (Jeju Special Self-Governing Province Seogwipo City Male Middle Road 13, tel: 064 762 2808). Nestled between Saeyeongyo Bridge and the popular Cheonjiyeon Waterfall, this eclectic pub buzzes with a largely local crowd.

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Seogwipo Arts Center

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Situated at Namseong Village within walking distance of the popular Cheonjiyeon Waterfall and downtown area, this 8,481 sq m space is where you can catch free exhibitions and performances, which usually take place on Saturdays and Wednesdays. Its 802-seater main auditorium is the perfect spot for catching a chamber music concert featuring local talent.