Jeju: The Beauty Is in the Drive

On Jeju, the journey can be as rewarding as the destination.

There are two major cities on Jeju Island – Jeju City and Seogwipo City. Both cities have a lot to offer in the forms of entertainment and culture and it’s understandable why locals and tourists spend most of their time in these two places. However, if you take the time to explore the routes from one city to the other, you will find even more gorgeous views, bits of culture, and astonishing landmarks.


The 1131 highway on Jeju is a great road to travel along if you are going between Jeju City and Seogwipo City. Beginning in Jeju City you can visit the Samseonghyeol tourist site and then head up the mountain to check out the wonder of the Mysterious Road and serenity of the Jeju Horse Pasture Land

Jeju Horse Pasture Land / 제주 마방목지

Enjoy the views of Jeju City and the mountain foliage in the Forest Tunnel as you make your way to Seogwipo.

Jeju Forest Tunnel
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Once you near Seogwipo, a short turnoff will take you to Donnaeko Waterfalls and inside the city you can enjoy the only waterfall in Asia that falls into the ocean at Jeongbang Falls.

Donnaeko Waterfalls
Jeongbang Waterfalls
Source: Lisa Fischer

On your way back to Jeju City, try taking the 1139 highway. On this road you can enjoy a beautiful view of the southern part of the island, Seogwipo’s Natural Forest, and the head of the Eorimok trail.

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Eorikmo Trail / 어리목 at Hallasan National Park
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Once reaching Jeju-si you can then visit Jeju’s famous Loveland and the Halla Arboretum.

Jeju Loveland

There is also a coastal route, the 1132 highway, which circles the island and makes for a spectacular summer drive. Stops at Sunrise Peak (Seongsan Ilchulbong), Jeju Folk Village, Oedolgae, Sanbangsan, and Hallim Park will definitely result in a memorable road trip.

UNESCO World Heritage site, Seongsan Ilchulbong
Source: Lisa Fischer
Jeju Folk Village
Oedolgae Rock
Sanbangsan Mountain
Hallim Park

Getting There

Having a car is an added bonus to taking a trip across or around the island as you can stop and go as you please. Still, the Jeju bus system is quite handy and you can get to most destinations easily.