Wonderful Korea – Jeju

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Korea’s first and only Special Autonomous Province, Jeju Island, or Jejudo in Korean, is known as the “Island of the Gods”, formerly called Cheju Island. Located on the southern coast of South Korea in the Korean Strait, it is the largest volcanic island off the peninsula with a population of over 580,000 people.

Jeju Island is sometimes called ‘Samdado Island’, meaning ‘three many’, referring to its winds, rocks, and women that are in abundance on this island. Due to its past volcanic activities, the island is scattered with many unusual shaped of black lava rocks.

Jeju City is its capital and the island is famous for its many natural World Heritage sites like the world’s largest lava tunnel. Besides that, the island is a famous honeymoon spot for newlyweds, featuring beautiful beaches, amazing hiking trails, majestic falls, some unusual theme parks and wide range of fun activities. The northern coast of the island is densely built, hence it is not considered very attractive, whereas the southern part has been developed specifically as the island’s tourist destination.

 

History

One of the 41 paintings in the Tamna Sullyeokdo illustrating the inspection tours that took place on Jeju. Photo courtesy of Jeju Special Self-Governing Province

One of the 41 paintings in the Tamna Sullyeokdo illustrating the inspection tours that took place on Jeju. Photo courtesy of Jeju Special Self-Governing Province

Jeju Island used to be called many names, such as Doi, Juho, Tamna, Quelpart, Joonwonhado, and Taekseungnido. Besides its unique reputation of being an ‘Island no three kinds’, it is also reputed to be an island with no thieves, beggars, or locked gates.

Legend has it that three demi-gods appeared from Samseong, north of Mount Halla and became the ancestors of the people of Jeju and founders of the Tamna Kingdom. King Taejo of the Goryeo Kingdom tried to establish a close relationship between the Tamna and Goryeo, but it was refused by Tamna. This led to an unfortunate event where Goryeo troops were dispatched to force Tamna to submit, and eventually caused the island to become a district of Goryeo, called Tamna-gun. Later on, during the rule of Gojong of Goryeo, Tamna was changed to Jeju, meaning ‘province across the sea’.

During the Joseon Dynasty (1392 – 1910), the people of Jeju Island were badly treated as if they were foreigners in their own land. The island became a place for horse breeding and exiled political prisoners. During the 17th century, Injo, the 16th King of the Joseon Dynasty, implemented a law where Jeju islanders were prohibited from travelling to the mainland. This created huge uprisings, such as the Kang Je Geom Rebellion in 1862, the Bang Seong Chil Rebellion in 1898, and the Lee Jae Su Rebellion in 1901.

 

Japanese Occupation

17,000 strong Haenyeo or ‘sea woman’ protested against the Japanese-controlled Divers Association from 1931 to 1932

17,000 strong Haenyeo or ‘sea woman’ protested against the Japanese-controlled Divers Association from 1931 to 1932

During the Japanese invasion of Korea, Jeju Island underwent a time of depression, hardships and deprivation. The people of Jeju were very much involved in the Korean independence movement when Japan was ruling, and the peak of resistance arose from 1931 to 1932, when the Haenyeo, or ‘sea women’ protested. This strong women’s group came from six eastern villages, and grew to about 17,000 protestors who protested against the Japanese-controlled Divers Association. Although they were later brutally crushed by the Japanese, it was the largest protest known in history that was led by women and fisheries workers.

Jeju Island went through yet another uprising on the 3rd of April to May 1949, when the South Korean government conducted a brutal anti-Communist campaign to suppress any attempt of an uprising. The main reason for the rebellion was because of the election on May 10th, 1948, which was to create a new government for all of Korea. Because the elections were only for the southern part of the country, and the other half would be under United Nations Temporary Commission on Korea, this created fear of further division, which led to a violent reaction from the South Korean Labour party’s guerrilla fighters who attacked the local police and rightist youth groups that were on Jeju.

There can be no doubt that both sides committed atrocities, but it was said that the methods used by the South Korean government to suppress the rebels were extremely cruel. Later on, American soldiers discovered the bodies of ninety-seven men, women, and children, killed by the government. They also caught the police executing some seventy-six villagers, including women and children.

A mass grave near Jeju International Airport was discovered in 2008

A mass grave near Jeju International Airport was discovered in 2008

As a result of this, around 14,000 to 30,000 people were killed, which was 10% of the island’s total population. This horrific incident in Korean history was brutally suppressed by the Korean government, and strict punishments were implemented. It was only 60 years later in 2006 that the Korean government apologised for the killings. Compensations were also promised but nothing has been done since. In 2008, a mass grave near Jeju International Airport was discovered, and in it contained the bodies of victims of the massacre.

 

Location

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Map of Jeju Island

Map of Jeju Island – click to enlarge

Located in the Korean Strait, on the southern part of South Jeolla Province, Jeju has two major cities. One city is on the central northern coastline and the other on the southern coastline.

The capital city is Jeju city, where visitors fly into. All the major attractions and places of interest lie outside of the city. Hence, it is recommended that you arrange your own transport to move around. Otherwise, it would be best to stay in the city where it is convenient. Seogwipo is the second city and it is to the south of the island, closer to all the tourist sites.

Smaller villages can be found dotted all over the coastline as well as the eastern and western parts of the island. Below are a list of the villages starting from Jeju city, moving clockwise down:

  • Gimyeong Village – The closest village to the Manjangmul Lava Tube
  • Seongsan Village – A village with several good seafood restaurants, located on the east side of the island that connects to Udo Island, Seongsan Ilchubong, and a volcanic crater
  • Udo Island Village – A tiny island off the coast of Seongsan, it is a great for place for hiking, biking, or riding all-terrain vehicles
  • Gangjeong Village – Located just west out of central Seogwipo
  • Hallim Village – This village is close to many of the inland theme parks and golf courses

 

Climate

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Due to its location, Jeju Island has a humid subtropical climate which makes it warmer than the other parts of Korea. This is probably the reason why it is a very popular destination for tourists from Asia, as well as South Koreans. Like South Korea, it has four seasons but with a milder winter temperature that hardly goes below 0 °C (32 °F).

In South Korea, spring is from March to May, summer from June to August, autumn lasts from September to November, and winter occurs from December through to February.

 

When to Visit

The best time to go to Jeju is during its beach season from July to September, during the summer, when temperatures are about 26 °C to 33 °C. Autumn is also a good time to visit, as it is still not too cold and dry, while winter months are short and mild. Sometimes you may experience snowfalls in the northern part of the island and in the highlands. The southern part of the island is where tangerines are harvested. Outside of the summer months, the island can be very windy, so be prepared.

 

Getting There and Around

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There are 23 different airlines with direct flights to Jeju international airport: 13 local and 10 international flights. A majority of the flights are from Seoul’s domestic airport, Gimpo or Busan, and from Incheon, where there is also one direct flight per week. Check with your travel agents, as Jeju airport is undergoing expansion, and more convenient routes could be added in.

The main mode of public transportation in the island is bus and taxi. Hiring your own car is probably the best option, but you will need a valid international driving license. Most of Jeju’s attractions are within two hours of driving distance, but may well exceed to three hours if you are travelling by bus.

 

Culture

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Being somewhat isolated, Jeju Island has developed a culture distinct from the mainland. It is an island known for many local legends, and this can be seen in their artefacts. One very distinct artefact that can be seen all over the island is the basalt rock dol hareubang, or ‘stone grandfather’ sculptures.

The famous Haenyeo sea women of Jeju Island

The famous Haenyeo sea women of Jeju Island

Jeju people’s matriarchal family structure is another distinct cultural aspect found in the Haenyeo, or sea women, who are considered the head of the family. This is because when the Jeju men disappeared for weeks on their fishing expeditions, the women had no choice but to take over and find ways to put food on the table.

Since the island’s windy climate is not suited for planting crops, the women learned deep sea diving to obtain their daily meals. Today, these powerful ‘sea woman’ are still going strong, with some of them are in their 60s and even 80s. These women can free dive to 20-metre depths without any breathing equipment, and earn a living from the various marine life they gather. Today, they are considered an icon of Jeju Island, and you will see them all around Jeju’s coastline.

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A Haenyeo female deep-sea diver at work

A Haenyeo female deep-sea diver at work

Besides being renowned for the Haenyeo, Jeju is also well known for bangsatap, which are tower-shaped stones that can be seen everywhere on the island. No one seems to know who built these bangsatap or when they were built, but it is believed that these stone carvings protect the villages from bad luck, and they are built according to divination. A rice paddle is placed inside the bangsatap as it is believed to help gather lots of money, and an iron pot is placed to avoid disasters in the village.

Bangsatap stone pillars are believe to protect the village from bad luck and the location they are placed on is very important

Bangsatap stone pillars are believe to protect the village from bad luck and the location they are placed on is very important

 

Jeju Dialect

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Jeju islanders have a distinctly different dialect from the people of South Korean mainland. It is a dialect spoken and understood only by older generations, and less than ten thousand natives speak this language today.

Most of the people on the island speak the standard Korean language, but since Jeju is a popular tourist destination, most services in the city such as taxi drivers can speak in English, Japanese and Chinese. However, if you go beyond the city, you will find most of them only speak Korean, so do prepare yourself with a Korean language guide book.

 

Etiquette

For a general guideline on Korean etiquette and table manners, visit http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/wonderful-korea-seoul.html

 

Festivals

Jeongwol Daeboreum Fire Festival

Jeongwol Daeboreum Fire Festival

Jeongwol Daeboreum Fire Festival

The Jeongwol Daeboreum Fire Festival is a huge prayer festival held yearly to pray for good harvest and good health for the coming New Year. It was originally started by the farmers of Jeju, who would set fire to mounds of grass during the end of the winter season. This was to eliminate any harmful insects that would have emerged during the harvest season in the summer. Since 1997, this festival has been held annually on the 15th day of the first lunar calendar month, which is usually in February.

Address: San 59-8, Bongseong-ri, Ayeol-eup Jeju-si, Jeju-do
How to Get There: Take a 50-minute bus ride from Jeju City Bus Terminal to Saebyeol Oreum area

 

Visas

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Being a Special Administrative Province, Jeju’s visa policy differs from the mainland of South Korea. All passport holders except those from Afghanistan, Cuba, Ghana, Iraq, Kosovo, Libya, Macedonia, Nigeria, Palestine, Sudan, or Syria can stay in Jeju visa-free for up to 30 days. This applies even to the countries that would normally require a visa for entering the Republic of Korea mainland.

If you are taking a domestic flight, you do not require any identification. Only those entering the mainland of South Korea from Jeju Island are required to bring their National Citizen ID Card or their passport with a proper visa.

 

Food

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Being an island famous for its deep-sea diving women, Jeju Island is obviously the best place to sample some of the freshest seafood, usually eaten raw. Besides that, pork from Jeju’s black pigs and pheasants are also a popular delicacy.

The island’s windy conditions do not favour the growth of rice, so instead its main staples are beans, millets, barley, buckwheat, and dry-field rice planted on the upper lands.

Jeju is well-known for its unique tangerine fruit called the hallabong, which has been grown here since the time of the Three Kingdoms. Along with abalone, the hallabong were offered to the kings as precious gifts from Jeju.

Jeju’s hallabong tangerine fruit

Jeju’s hallabong tangerine fruit

Saltwater fish, vegetables, and seaweed, seasoned with soybean paste are the main ingredients of Jeju islander dishes. Soups and porridge are made with salt water fish, and pork and chicken are used for pyeonyuk (sliced boiled meat).

Jeju food usually does not require a lot of seasoning and ingredients, as the locals like the natural flavour of their food, but can be a little salty due to the warmer climate here, where food tends to spoil easily. Below are a few delicacies you must try while on Jeju Island.

 

1. Black Pork BBQ

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While the mainland prefers beef, Jeju prefers pork, specifically pork from black pigs. Being the island’s main meat source, you can find this meat being cooked in a variety of dishes, one of the most famous dishes being black pork BBQ.

Apparently, black pork contains less saturated fats compared to regular pork meat, which reduces the chances of heart disease. All Jeju BBQ restaurants have this meat on their menu, and you can grill it to on a charcoal burner and eat it on its own, or wrap it up with some leafy vegetables and dip it in some delicious sauce.

 

2. Buckwheat Noodles

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Buckwheat noodles are a very popular dish in the summer and the locals will usually have it cold. The hot summer heat makes this dish a refreshing treat. You can have it warm or cold, on its own or with other sides such as cuttlefish.

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The noodles can also be served in warm pheasant broth, a dish once enjoyed by the king. Different in taste and texture from the cold buckwheat noodles, where the noodles are similar to the thickly sliced kalguksu, and the soup is rather thick with pieces of pheasant meat.

 

3. Abalones

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Jeju is one of the best places to have abalones, as they are in abundance here. Grilled abalones and abalone porridge (jeonbok-ju) are most popular local favourites. Abalones are also cooked in a variety of stews and soup dishes.

Jeonbok-ju abalone porridge

Jeonbok-ju abalone porridge

 

4. Gulfweed Soup (Mom-gook)

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Gulfweed soup or Mom-gook is a unique Jeju delicacy. The soup is made from gulfweed that grows between the rocks in the sea, pork broth, and vegetables. This soup cannot be found anywhere else in Korea. It came about due to the hard life the locals had to endure and the island not being conducive for growing much vegetation. Hence, the natives had to find other sources of nutrients for their diet, such as seaweed.

This dish is a must-have in all Jeju’s family gatherings and village feasts. Mom-gook has quite a distinct taste and smell, and even Koreans may find it challenging to eat. It is an acquired taste, but a must-try local delicacy if you are in Jeju.

 

5. Hairtail Fish Soup

Jeju Hairtail

Hairtails are slender, long fish that are prepared and grilled or boiled in a soupy clear broth or kimchi stew with lots of vegetables. The fish is similar to an eel, and because their freshness is quite hard to preserve because they die rather quickly once caught, it is best to consume it as soon as you’ve purchased it from the markets. Otherwise, there are plenty of restaurants in Jeju serving this delicacy.

 

6. Seafood Hotpot

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For those who are not into to raw seafood, which is what Jeju is famous for, this is a great alternative. The locals use a stone pot to cook an assortment of seafood and shellfish that are filled right to the brim. The freshness of the seafood gives the soup broth a deliciously sweet taste.

 

7. Raw Seafood from Haenyeo

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Jeju’s renowned female deep-sea divers, the Haenyeo, often catch fresh clams, spoon worms, oysters, octopus, seaweed and more. Most of the Haenyeo women are in their 60s and there are only 20,000 Haenyeos left. Their skill will be eventually lost as the new generation are not willing to pick it up, so before they are gone, you can support them and their hard work by buying their wares from them. You can find them in places such as Sungsan Harbour and the JeongBang Waterfall, where they sell their fresh catches.

 

8. Osullok Green Tea Desserts

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Osullok is a famous brand of fabulous green tea, famous for making delicious green tea desserts such as ice cream and Swiss rolls, and many other fantastic desserts and drinks that are not very sweet and have an aromatic green tea taste. Osulloc Tea Museum café is a place to visit for all green tea lovers, and many of its desserts are sold in the Osulloc chain of cafés, found even in Seoul and Busan.

 

9. Mugwort Bread & Barley Bread

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Jeju Island makes these specialty buns that gives you a full-bodied aroma of Mugwort. These mugworts are home grown and the locals recommend trying these buns at Deokin-dang Bakery that has been baking them for three generations.

 

10. Omegi Tteok

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Omegi Tteok is a traditional Jeju desert which are round-shaped rice balls that literally melt in your mouth. They are made from rice cakes based on glutinous millet dough that is mixed with mugwort. The rice balls are then stuffed with adzuki bean paste and covered with sweet adzuki beans on the outside. It has a semi-sweet flavour and is made without artificial preservatives or flavouring.

 

20 Great Places to Visit in Gyeongsang

 

1. Seongsan Ilchulbong Peak

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Due to a series of volcanic eruptions over 100,000 years ago, Seongsan Ilchulbong Peak, also known as Sunrise Peak, rose from under the sea. Standing at 182 metres, it is located at the east end of Jeju Island. The top of Seongsan Ilchulbong is a huge crater, about 90 metres high and 600 metres in diameter. Surrounding the crater are 99 sharp rocks that form the shape of a giant crown.

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Hilly verdant pastures are seen on the southeast and north sections of the cliffs, connecting them with the village of Seongsan. The site brings to mind an old fortress on a coastal cliff. Sunrise from the peak Seongsan Ilchulbong provides one the most magnificent views on the island. The ridge around the crater is ideal for walks and horse riding, and in spring it is surrounded by beautiful bright yellow canola.

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How to Get There

You can take a direct Dongilju bus bound for Seongsan, from Jeju Intercity Bus Terminal and get down at Seongsalliipgu Bus Stop. The journey is about 2 hours.

Another place to catch the bus is from Seogwipo Intercity Bus Terminal. Take the direct bus, Dongilju bus bound for Seongsan, and get down at Seongsalliipgu Bus Stop. The journey is about 2 hours 30 minutes.

You will be able to see Seongsan Ilchulbong Peak from Seongsalliipgu Bus Stop itself. Take a walk for about 1km towards the peak and you will reach your destination.

Address: 284-12, Ilchul-ro, Seongsan-eup, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do
Phone: 1330 Travel Hotline +82-2-1330 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese) OR
+82-64-710-7923

Entrance Fee:

Category Individual Group (10 or more)
Adults (Age 25-64) 2,000 won 1,600 won
Youth & Children
(Age 7-24)
1,000 won 800 won
Adults age 65 & above or children age 6 & under Free Free

Opening hours: 1 hour before sunrise until sunset
Website: english.jeju.go.kr (Korean, Japanese, Chinese, English)

 

Accommodation

There a several accommodation near Seongsan Ilchulbong Peak, ranging from luxurious hotels to modern guesthouses. We recommend you do further research to find one that fits your budget and requirements. Here are two suggestions.

1. Ilchulbong Hotel
Address: 244, Hando-ro, Seongsan-eup, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do
Phone: +82-64-782-8801
Website: www.ilchulbonghotel.co.kr (Korean only)

2. Co-op City Hotel Seongsan
Address: 28 Seongsandeungyongro, Seongsan-eup, Seongsan, Jeju Island
Phone: +82 64-780-0051
Website: https://goo.gl/RRUXrh

 

2. Manjanggul Cave

Designated as a natural monument and a UNESCO World Heritage site, the Manjanggul Cave is the second longest lava tunnel on Jeju Island. More than 13 km long and between 5 to 10 metres high, the lava tunnel was formed some 2.5 million years ago, presenting an impressive interior that is unlike anything seen on earth.

There are several interesting structures inside the cave including stone pillars and 70cm stalagmites. However, only 1km of Manjanggul Cave is open for visitors. What is interesting is the ‘stone turtle’ that looks like Jeju Island.

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The temperature inside of the tunnel is between 11 to 21℃, making it a comfortable experience. Animals such as bats can be found living in the tunnel, making it a valuable environment for researchers.

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How to Get There

Take the Bus No. 990 from Jeju Bus Terminal, bound for Gimnyeong and get down at Manjanggul Cave Bus Stop. Travelling time is about 1 hour 10 minutes. Then walk for about 20 metres and you will reach the ticketing booth.

Address: 182, Manjanggul-gil, Jeju-si, Jeju-do
Phone: 1330 Travel Hotline +82 2 1330 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese) OR
+82-64-710-7903

Entrance Fee:

Category Individual Group (10 or more)
Adults (Age 25-64) 2,000 won 1,600 won
Youth & Children
(Age 7-24)
1,000 won 800 won
Adults age 65 & above or 7 & under & persons with disabilities with one companion (levels 1-3), persons with disabilities (levels 4-6) Free Free

Opening hours: 9am – 6pm (last admittance at 5:10pm)
Website: jejuwnh.jeju.go.kr (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese) / english.jeju.go.kr (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese, Thai, Vietnamese, Mongolian, Indonesian, Cambodian)

 

Accommodation

There are several accommodation near Manjanggul Cave, mostly lodgings or whole houses to rent on a daily rate. Below are two examples, however, we recommend that you do further research to find the right accommodation that suits your needs and budget.

1. Jeju Woljeongrie
Address: 82-5, Woljeong 1-gil, Gujwa-eup, Seongsan, Jeju Island
Phone: N/A
Website: https://goo.gl/RH9Xqq

2. Jeju Hanul Land Pension House
Address: 458, Dongbaek-ro, Deokcheon-ri, Gujwa-eup, Jocheon, Jeju Island
Phone: N/A
Website: https://goo.gl/f9dkxx

 

3. Cheonjiyeon Falls

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The name refers to the waters from Cheonjiyeon Falls, ‘sky connected with land’ because they appear like they are pouring down from the heavens. The waterfall pond is also often referred to as ‘God’s pond’, and legend has it that there were seven fairies who came down from heaven on stairs of clouds to bathe in the pond’s clean waters. This is how the Seven Fairies Festival came about and is now held yearly in May.

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There are many wild Dampalsu trees and wooded areas consisting of various types of rare foliage, such as Songyeopnan, Gusiljappam trees, Sanyuja trees (Chinese lemon trees), brambles, and camellias, which are all natural monuments.

Just by taking a stroll along the path leading towards the Cheonjiyeon Falls and you will be able to hear the soothing sound of the falls. The 22-metre high waterfall, with a depth of 20 metres, a width of 12 metres, and crystal clear waters, is designated a natural monument. It is also home to many Mutae eels.

 

How to Get There

Take Bus No. 516 from Jeju Intercity Bus Terminal which goes to Seogwipo and get down at the last stop. Then catch a taxi to Cheonjiyeon Falls, which is only about 3 to 4 minutes ride.

Address: Namseongjung-ro, Cheonji-dong, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do
Phone: 1330 Travel Hotline: +82 2 1330 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese) or +82-64-760-6304

Entrance Fee:

Category Individual Group (10 or more)
Adults (Age 25-64) 2,000 won 1,600 won
Youth & Children
(age 7-18)
1,000 won 600 won
Children
(age 7-24)
700 won 500 won
Adults age 65 & above or children age 6 & under Free Free

Opening hours: From sunrise to 10 pm (last admittance at 9:10 pm)
Website: www.jejutour.go.kr (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)

 

Accommodation

There are many accommodation near and around Cheonjiyeon Falls ranging from simple hostels to luxurious hotels. Here are just two examples. However, we recommend you do further research to find the right accommodations that suit your needs.

1. Jeju R Hotel
Address: 14, Jungjeong-ro, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do
Phone: +82-64-733-5477
Website: www.rgeho.com

2. Tae Gong Gak Inn & Guesthouse
Address: 369, Taepyeong-ro, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do
Phone: +82-64-762-2623
Website: www.lepotel.kr (Korean, English, Japanese)

 

4. Hallasan National Park

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Right in the heart of Jeju sits the great Hallasan Mountain at 1,950 metres high. Designated a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in 2002, and a World Heritage Site in 2007, this dormant basalt volcanic mountain is the highest in Korea, making it a notable landmark of Jeju Island.

Selected as a national park in 1970, Mount Hallasan is also known as Mount Yeongjusan which means ‘mountain high enough to pull the galaxy’. Due to its geological value, the mountain attracts many scientists from all over the globe. So far 368 Oreums (peaks), or parasitic volcanoes, can be found around the main mountain, creating a spectacular landscape. There is also a crater lake called Baengnokdam, which is 500 metres in diameter with a circumference of 3,000 metres.

Baengnokdam crater lake

Baengnokdam crater lake

The mountain’s vertical ecosystem, with various temperatures at each height, allows for a unique and diverse plant life on each altitude. Because of this, Mount Hallasan is a Natural Conservation Area with over 1,800 species of plants and 4,000 species of animals, and is a hiker’s paradise, with well-developed hiking trails. Hikers can climb up to its peak and down in a day but should be well-prepared, as there are heavy winds which can create a constant change in temperatures.

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How to Get There

Take the Bus No. 740 (Jeju, Yeongsil, Jungmun) from Jeju Intercity Bus Terminal to Eorimok. Get down at Eorimok Trail Entrance Bus Stop. Travelling time is about 45 minutes.

Another option is from Jeju Intercity Bus Terminal in Seongpanak, take Bus No. 781 or 781-1 (Jeju, Seongpanak, Seogui), and get down at Seongpanak Bus Stop. Travelling time is about 40 minutes.

Address: 2070-61, 1100-ro, Jeju-si, Jeju-do
Phone: 1330 Travel Hotline +82-2-1330 (English, Korean, Japanese, Chinese) OR
+82-64-710-7903

Eorimok Office +82-64-713-9950
Seongpanak Office +82-64-725-9950
Yeongsil Office +82-64-747-9950
Gwaneumsa Office +82-64-756-9950
Donnaeko +82-64-710-6920~3

Entrance Fee: Free
Opening hours: Open all year
Website: www.hallasan.go.kr (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)/
www.jejutour.go.kr (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)

 

Accommodation

There are several of accommodation near Mount Hallasan. Below are two suggestions. It is recommended that you do further research to find the right accommodation to fit your needs and budget.

1. Pause in Jeju
Address: 2, Injeongoreum-ro 86 beon-gil, Halla Mountain National Park, Jeju Island
Phone: +82-64-730-9300
Website: https://goo.gl/uHr7zN

2. Healing Town Hotel
Address: 30-8 Topyeong-dong, Halla Mountain National Park, Jeju Island
Phone: N/ A
Website: https://goo.gl/sP9zae

 

5. Teddy Bear Museum

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One of the more unusual places of interest on Jeju Island, this is the place to go to for all teddy bear fans. To many in Korea, teddy bears are not seen as just another toy, but as best friends and part of the family. Hence, this museum dedicated to teddy bears was opened in April 2001, in the Jungmun Tourism Complex.

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There may be many Teddy Bear Museums around the world, but Jeju’s is one of a kind, boasting a wide and unique range of teddy bears from different parts of the world. There is also the museum café, restaurant, a park with a stunning view of the Jungmun Sea, and, of course, a museum shop where you can get all your teddy souvenirs.

 

How to Get There

Take a bus from Gyeongju Train Station that goes along Hwarang-ro Street, and then switch to bus 10 or 11 from the bus stop in front of the post office. Get down at Bulguksa Temple Bus Stop. Travelling time is about 1 hour.

Address: 31, Jungmungwangwang-ro 110 beon-gil, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do
Phone: 1330 Travel Hotline: +82-2-1330 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese) OR
+82-64-738-7600

Entrance Fee:

Category Individual Group (20 or more)
Adults 10,000 won 8,000 won
Teens 9,000 won 7,000 won
Children (Age 7-24) 8,000 won 6,000 won
Senior & people with disabilities 8,000 won 6,000 won
Infants (under 36 months) (up to 2 infants per 1 accompanying adult) Free Free

Note: Proof of age via ID card is required for special discounts

Opening hours: 9 am -7 pm
Peak Season (summer) 9 am- 10 pm
Note: Last admittance is 1 hour before closing

Website: www.teddybearmuseum.com (Korean, English)

 

Accommodation

Below are two recommended hotels near the Teddy Bear Museum. However, there are many other hotels ranging from five-star accommodations to the more budget motels near the museum. We recommend that you do further research to find the right accommodation that suits you.

1. Daemyung Resort – Gyeongju
Address: 402-12, Bomun-ro, Gyeongju-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do
Phone: +82-1588-4888
Website: www.daemyung.co.kr (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)

2. Gyeongju Tourist Hotel
Address: 645, Sinpyeong-dong, Gyeongju-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do
Phone: +82-54-745-7123/8 (Korean)
Website: gthotel.co.kr (Korean only)

 

6. Yeomiji Botanic Garden

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Yeomiji Botanical Garden is located within the Jungmun Resort, and has a southern atmospheric environment. It houses around 2,000 rare species of tropical and subtropical plants scattered throughout the garden.

The outdoor gardens consist of Jeju’s Native Garden, Korean, Japanese, Italian, and French folk gardens. If you are too tired to walk, you can always hop on the train that tours both the outdoor and indoor gardens. There are also a few green houses with different themes in each house, such as the Jungle Garden, Flower Garden, Water Lily Garden, Succulent Garden, Tropical Fruits Garden and Cactus Garden.

Go on to the 38 metres high observation platform to a clear breath-taking view of the breath-taking coast of the Marado Island and the majestic Hallasan Mountain.

 

How to Get There

Take a bus from Jeju International Airport Bus Stop 1 and hop on Bus No. 600 to Yeomiji Botanical Garden. Walk straight for about 50 metres and turn left. Then proceed another 150 metres to reach its ticketing office. An alternative is to take a taxi.

Address: 93, Jungmungwangwang-ro, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do
Phone: 1330 Travel Hotline +82-2-1330 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese) OR
+82-64-735-1100 (Korean only)

Entrance Fee:

Category Individual Group (30 or more)
Adults(age 19-64) 9,000 won 6,000 won
Teens (age 13-18) 6,000 won 4,000 won
Children (age 3-12) 5,000 won 3,500 won
Seniors (age 65 and over) 7,000 won 6,000 won

Opening hours: 9 am – 6 pm
Note: Outdoor Garden opens until sunset. Last entry is at 5:30 pm. Last entry during winter is at 5 pm (November-February).

Website: www.yeomiji.or.kr (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)

 

Accommodation

There are several accommodation near Yeomiji Botanical Garden. Below are two examples based on good reviews. However, we recommend that you do further research to find the right accommodation that suits your needs and budget.

1. Lotte Hotel Jeju
Address: 35, Jungmungwangwang-ro 72 beon-gil, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do
Phone: +82-64-731-1000, +82-1577-0360
Website: www.lottehoteljeju.com (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)

2. Jeju Hana Hotel
Address: 53, Jungmungwangwang-ro 72 beon-gil, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do
Phone: +82-64-738-7001/11 (Korean only)
Website: www.hotelhana.co.kr (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)

 

7. Jeongbang Falls

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In Asia, Jeongbang Falls is the only waterfall that falls into the ocean, and is one of the top three waterfalls in Jejudo. On the wall of Jeongbang Falls is an inscription that says ‘Seobulgwacha’, referring to a servant of the Emperor of the Chinese Qin Dynasty (259 -210 BC) named Seobul, who had passed by the area. Legend has it that the Emperor instructed Seobul to find him a special substance that would help him become immortal. It seems this is how Seogwipo got his name, which meant ‘Seobul Headed Back West’.

The cliffs of Jeongbang Falls rise high above the sea, and on its edge, there are lush green trees and plants. There is one particular tree that leans out quite out as if it is about to fall into the ocean. On top of the cliff is an observatory where you can view the vastness of the ocean and its surroundings.

 

How to Get There

Take Bus No. 600 from Jeju Airport, and get down at Paradise Hotel. Then take a 5-minute walk, following the signs directing to the waterfall.
Another place to catch the bus from is Jeju Intercity Bus Terminal. Take Bus No. 780 or 730 to Seogwipo-si and get down at Dongmun Rotary (roundabout).

Travelling time to the waterfall is about 2 hours.

Alternatively, you can take a taxi from the airport, which is approximately 1 and a half hours away.

Address: Chilsimni-ro 214 beon-gil, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do
Phone: 1330 Travel Hotline +82-2-1330 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese) OR
+82-64-733-1530

Entrance Fee:

Category Individual Group (10 or more)
Adults 2,000 won 1,600 won
Children 1,000 won 600 won

Opening hours: 8:30 am – 6:00 pm
Note: Timing is subject to change without prior notice as it is dependent on weather conditions, the timing for sunrise and sunset.

Website: www.jejutour.go.kr (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)

 

Accommodation

There are quite a few accommodation near Jeongbang Falls, ranging from luxurious 5-stars to the more budget one. Below are two suggestions, but it would good for you to do more research on your own to choose one that suits your requirements.

1. Hotel Sun Beach
Address: Jeju Special Self-Governing Province Seogwipo-si Taepyeong-ro
Phone: +82-64-732-5678 (Korean)
Website: www.hotelsunbeach.co.kr (Korean)

2. Little France Hotel
Address: 18, Taepyeong-ro371beon-gili, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do
Phone: +82-64-732-4552, +82-64-732-4662
Website: www.littlefrancehotel.co.kr (Korean only)

 

8. Yakcheonsa Temple

Photo Credit: Korea Tourism Organization

Photo Credit: Korea Tourism Organization

Popular amongst Buddhists as well as tourists, the impressive architecture of Yakcheonsa Temple presents the style of the early Joseon Dynasty’s traditional Buddhist temples. Yakcheonsa means ‘temple where medicinal water flows’, and it was built in 1981 by a monk named Hae-in. Today, it is considered the largest Buddhist temple in the east. The main temple stands majestically at 30 metres high, and a total build-up of 3,305 square metres.

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The moment you enter Yakcheonsa Temple, you will be greeted by an intricate 16-foot tall Vairocana Buddha. This statue of the Buddha is said to be the tallest in Korea now. On the left and right rise of the altar walls are murals of the Buddha. A huge temple bell weighing 18 tons sits in front of the Dharma Hall.

The main temple has multiple floors and balconies overlooking the grand Buddha statue. There is also a 3-story accommodation building for their resident monks. Other significant sites include the Gulbeopdang, a unique shrine built inside a natural cave, the Samseonggak Shrine, and the Sarira Pagoda.

Gulbeopdang Shrine built inside a natural cave. Photo Credit: Korea Tourism Organization

Gulbeopdang Shrine built inside a natural cave. Photo Credit: Korea Tourism Organization

 

How to Get There

Take Bus No. 600 from Jeju International Airport (Bus Stop 1) and travel to the Yakchunsa Temple bus stop. Then proceed to walk for another 300 metres and you will reach the temple.

Address: 293-28, Ieodo-ro, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do
Phone: 1330 Travel Hotline: +82-2-1330 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese) OR
+82-64-738-5000
Entrance Fee: Free
Opening hours: Open all year
Website: www.yakchunsa.org (Korean only)

 

Accommodation

There are several luxurious accommodation, as well as budgeted ones near Yakcheonsa Temple. Below are two suggestions, but we recommend you to do your own research to find one that suits you best.

1. The Island Blue Hotel
Address: 3, Taepyeong-ro 431 beon-gil, Seogwipo, Jeju Island
Phone: +82-64-762-6532
Website: https://www.tripadvisor.com.my/Hotel_Review-g297892-d7053738-Reviews-The_Island_Blue_Hotel-Seogwipo_Jeju_Island.html

2. Benikea Jungmun Hotel
Address: 166, Cheonjeyeon-ro, Seogwipo, Jeju Island
Phone: +82-64-802-8889
Website: https://www.tripadvisor.com.my/Hotel_Review-g297892-d8358810-Reviews-Benikea_Jungmun_Hotel-Seogwipo_Jeju_Island.html

 

9. Jusangjeolli Cliffs

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Located 600 metres southwest from Daepo-dong, at the end of the pine tree forest, you will discover the Jusangjeolli Cliffs, which are made up of rectangular, black stone pillars, piled up along the coast.

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The famous Jusangjeolli cliffs were formed when Mount Hallasan erupted into the sea of Jungmun, and the lava from that eruption created pillars of many different sizes. These pillars look as if they were carved by stonemasons, making the 20 metres tall cliffs a popular site to visit especially during high tide when the powerful waves crash onto the side of the cliffs. The view is just as spectacular during rough weather, when the waves can go up as high as the cliff itself. These cliffs are designated as Jeju Island’s cultural monument, and it highlights the awesome power of Mother Nature.

 

How to Get There

Take Bus No. 600 to the International Convention Centre Bus Stop, which is about a 50-minute ride. Another option is to go on the Jungmun Express Bus from Jeju Intercity Bus Terminal heading to Jungmun Tourist Complex. Travelling time is about 60 minutes.

Another alternative is to take a taxi direct to Jusangjeolli Cliff.

Address: 216, Jungmungwangwang-ro, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do
Phone: 1330 Travel Hotline +82-2-1330 (English, Korean, Japanese, Chinese) OR
+82-64-738-1393

Entrance Fee:

Category Individual Group (10 or more)
Adults 2,000 won 1,600 won
Children 1,000 won 600 won

Note: Free admission for children (age 6 and below), seniors (age 65 and above) and people with disabilities (includes one companion for level 1-3).

Opening hours: Sunrise to sunset
Website: www.jejutour.go.kr (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)

 

Accommodation

There are quite a number of accommodation near Jusangjeolli cliffs. Here are two references of the nearest accommodations. We recommend that you do further research to find the best hotel that suits your needs and budget.

1. Hyatt Regency Jeju
Address: 114, Jungmungwangwang-ro 72 beon-gil, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do
Phone: +82-64-733-1234 (Korean)
Website: www.hyattjeju.com (Korean, English)

2. The Shilla Jeju
Address: 75, Jungmungwangwang-ro 72 beon-gil, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do
Phone: +82-64-735-5114, +82-2-2233-3131
Website: www.shilla.net (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)

 

10. Cheonjeyeon Falls

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Called ‘The Pond of God’, Cheonjeyeon Falls has three sections, and to the east is a cave with cold water pouring from its ceiling, which creates the first section of the waterfall. The water here collects into a pool and falls again twice, creating the second as well as the third section of the waterfall, which flows into the ocean.

There is a wild variety of flora thriving all around the waterfall, some of them rare species, like ‘solimnan’ reeds.

Located at Cheonjeyeon Valley is an arch bridge called Seonimgyo Bridge that has seven fairies carved on its side, and an octagon shaped pavilion called Cheonjeru Pavilion. The Seonimgyo Bridge, also known as Chilseonyeogyo or ‘Seven Fairies Bridge’, connects the falls with the Jungmum Tourist Complex.

Seonimgyo Bridge with seven fairies

Seonimgyo Bridge with seven fairies

When you are on the Cheonjeru Pavilion, you will discover a painting that tells the legendary story of Cheonjeyeon’s seven fairies and the mountain god. During the month of May, over every even-numbered year, the Chilseonyeo Festival is celebrated here. If you so happened to be travelling during that time, it is definitely something worth experiencing.

 

How to Get There

Take the Limousine Bus No. 600 bound for Jungmun from Jeju Airport to Yeomiji Botanical Garden. Travelling time is about 50 minutes. Then walk for 5 to 10 minutes to the entrance of Yeomiji Botanical Garden. Tickets can be purchased on site.

Another alternative is to take a taxi from the Jeju Airport straight to the falls, which is about 30 to 40 minutes away.

Address: 27, Saekdal-ro 189 beon-gil, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do
Phone: 1330 Travel Hotline +82-2-1330

Entrance Fee:

Category Individual Group (10 or more)
Adults 2,500 won 2,050 won
Teens & Children
(age 7–24)
1,350 won 850 won

Note: Free admission for Children (age 6 and below), seniors (age 65 and above), and people with disabilities (includes one accompanying guide (level 1-3) and more.

Opening hours: 8 am – 6 pm
Note: Timing may change depending on the sunset.

Website: www.jeju.go.kr (Korean, English, Chinese, Japanese)

 

Accommodation

There are several accommodation available near Cheonjeyeon Falls. Below are two examples. However, we recommend that you do further research to choose an accommodation that suits your needs.

1. The Seaes Hotel & Resort (Traditional Style Hotel)
Address: 198, Jungmungwangwang-ro, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do
Phone: +82-64-735-3000
Website: www.seaes.co.kr (Korean, English, Chinese, Japanese)

2. Corea Condo Jeju
Address: 29-29, Jungmungwangwang-ro 72 beon-gil, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do
Phone: +82-64-738-9101
Website: www.coreacondojeju.com (Korean, English, Chinese, French)

 

11. Yongduam Rock (Dragon Head Rock)

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For thousands of years, strong winds and the ocean waves have created a rock shaped like the head of a dragon known as Yongduam Rock. There are numerous myths and legends about how this dragon head looking rock came about. One was that a dragon came to steal some precious jade from Mount Halla, and a mountain God shot him down with his arrow. As he was falling down, his body sank into the ocean and his head, looking towards the sky froze on the rocks. Another legend was about a white horse who dreamt of being a dragon and as he was ascending to the sky, he was caught by a soldier and froze into the rock.

Located to the north of the city of Jeju, the area has become a popular tourist spot with many village cafes, restaurants, and bars set up all along its coastline. It is the perfect place to chill out and enjoy the scenic landscapes while having a cup of coffee or sampling some fresh seafood. You will also be able to witness the famous Haenyeo women divers working along these shores, gathering their catch for the day.

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Apart from that, you can also take a coastal drive and visit nearby beaches, such as Iho Beach, famous for its contrasting black rocks against the emerald-blue sea, or check out the scenery of fishing boats coming in and out at Aewol Port.

 

How to Get There

Take the bus bound for Jeju-si Jungang-ro from Jeju International Airport to Yongdam Rotary. Once you have reached, take a 5 to 10 minutes’ walk towards the beach.

Alternatively, you can take a taxi from Jeju International Airport, which is just 10 minutes from Yongduam Rock.

Address: Yongdamroteo-ri Yongdam-2 dong, Jeju-si, Jeju-do
Phone: 1330 Travel Hotline +82-2-1330 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese) OR
+82-64-728-2753
Entrance Fee: Free
Opening hours: NIL
Website: english.tour2jeju.net (Korean, English, Chinese, Japanese, French, Spanish, German, Russian)

 

Accommodation

There are plenty of accommodation near Haeinsa Temple. Below are just two suggestions, but we recommend you to do some research to look for an accommodation that suits your requirements.

1. Jeju Oriental Hotel
Address: 47, Tapdong-ro, Jeju-si, Jeju-do
Phone: +82-1588-1235
Website: www.oriental.co.kr (Korean, English, Japanese)

2. Jeju Palace Hotel
Address: 9, Tapdong-ro, Jeju-si, Jeju-do
Phone: +82-64-753-8811
Website: www.cjpalace.co.kr (Korean, English, Japanese)

 

12. Jeju Folk Village Museum

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One of the island’s main tourist spots is the Jeju Folk Village Museum. Here you will get a glimpse of Jeju’s traditional culture, and how Jeju folk used to live back in the olden days. There are altogether 117 houses and facilities, and some parts of the village have been restored to that of the 1890s. Some of these restored villages are Hill-Country Village, Mountain Village, Fishing Village, and Shamanism Village.

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Jeju Folk Village Museum land is more than 40 acres, and there are many long-term research by experts in progress. On display are an extensive collection of folk items such as 1,627 woodenware, 1,699 earthenware, 1,046 bamboo-ware, 1,544 porcelain-ware, 921 ironware, 765 wax candles, and much more.

 

How to Get There

Take the Bus No. 100 from Jeju International Airport to Jeju Intercity Bus Terminal. Then from Jeju Terminal, take a bus (bound for Bunyoung Road) right up to Jeju Folk Village. Travelling time is approximately 60 minutes.

Address: 631-34, Minsokhaean-ro, Pyoseon-myeon, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do
Phone: 1330 Travel Hotline +82-55-1330 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese) OR
+82-64-787-4501/2

Entrance Fee:

Category Individual Group
Adults (age 19 and above) 10,000 won 8,000 won
Seniors
(age 65 and above)
8,000 won 6,000 won
Teens
(middle-high school)
7,000 won 4,500 won
Children
(4 to elementary school)
6,000 won 4,000 won

Men of national merits and people with disabilities:

Category Price
Adults 7,000 won
Seniors 5,600 won
Teenagers 4,900 won
Children 4,200 won

Note: Related documents are required for those under the seniors and men or national merits category

Opening hours:

Period Price
October to February 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
March 8:30 am – 5:30 pm
April to July 15th 8:30 am – 6:00 pm
July 16th to August 8:30 am – 6:30 pm
September 8:30 am – 6:00 pm

Website: www.jejufolk.com (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)

 

Accommodation

There are many different types of accommodation near Jeju Folk Village Museum. We recommend that you do some research on your own to find the one that suits your plans, budget, and requirements. Here are two examples.

1. Rezion Hotel
Address: 263 Pyoseondongseo-ro, Pyoseon-myeon, Seongsan, Jeju Island
Phone: +82-16-615-968
Website: https://goo.gl/8QyCkn

2. Healing Pension Badamaru House
Address: 1159-1 Pyoseon-ri, Pyoseon-myeon, Seogwipo-si, Seongsan, Jeju Island
Phone: N/A
Website: https://goo.gl/N1iFW3

 

13. Jungmun Beach

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Jungmun Beach is a popular beach among the locals and tourists. The arch-shaped beach has a beautiful mixed of coloured sands in shades of black, red, white and grey (jinmosal). It accentuates Jeju Island’s Hyeonmuam black stones around the area. The beach is about 560 metres in length, 50 metres in width, and it has an average depth of 1.2 metres, which makes it quite shallow and nice to swim in.

The beach is also lined with magnificent cliffs, which are a habitat to numerous rare species. There is also a naturally formed 15m-long cave called Haesikgul Cave, making the area a great spot for ecological exploration.

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The waters are warm and there are plenty of fun things to do at Jungmun. From scuba diving, parasailing, water skiing, windsurfing, rafting, to a luxurious yacht tour, making Jungmun Beach an exciting vacation spot during summer.

Many famous Korean dramas and movies have been filmed here due to its scenic landscapes. It is best to enjoy the beach early in the morning before the crowd gets in especially during weekends. There are a few restaurants around the area if you are feeling hungry while enjoying your day at the beach.

 

How to Get There

Take the Bus No. 600 from Jeju International Airport to Play K-pop Bus Stop. Travelling time is about 1 hour 30 minutes. Then walk along the main path for another 13 minutes leading you to the beach.

Address: 29-51, Jungmungwangwang-ro 72 beon-gil, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do
Phone: 1330 Travel Hotline +82-2-1330 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese) OR
+82-64-760-4993
Entrance Fee: Free
Opening hours: Open All Year
Website: www.jejutour.go.kr (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)

 

Accommodation

There are many accommodation near Jungmun Saekdal Beach you can choose depending on your budget. Hence, we recommend that you do your own research to see which ones suit you best. Below are two examples for you to start with.

1. Corea Condo Jeju
Address: 29-29, Jungmungwangwang-ro 72 beon-gil, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do
Phone: +82-64-738-9101
Website: www.coreacondojeju.com (Korean, English, Chinese, French)

2. The Suites Hotel
Address: 67, Jungmungwangwang-ro 72 beon-gil, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do
Phone: +82-64-738-3800
Website: www.suites.co.kr (Korean, English, Japanese)

 

14. Hallim Park

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Located along the beach in Hallim-eup, 33km west of Jeju City and Mount Hallasan is Hallim Park. The park overlooks the scenic beauty of Biyangdo Island, Geumneung Beach and Hyeopjae Beach. When the park was first discovered, it was just a barren land. Later on, in 1971, tons of soil was brought in to cover the area, and all kinds of subtropical plants were planted to develop the area.

Map of Hallim Park - click to enlarge

Map of Hallim Park – click to enlarge

Hallim Park is about 24 acres consisting of various themed gardens that can be enjoyed all year round such as; Jeju Stone and Bonsai Garden, Water Garden, Subtropical Botanic Garden, Palm Tree Road, and more.

Hyeopjaegul Cave, a lava tube inside Hallim Park

Hyeopjaegul Cave, a lava tube inside Hallim Park

Perhaps the most famous sites of all are the Hyeopjaegul and Ssangyonggul Caves. They are the only two-dimensional caves that exist in this world. There is also the folk village, and for the kids, a children’s amusement park. There are also outdoor resort facilities that can be explored once you are done with the various adventures around the park.

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How to Get There

Catch a bus from Jeju Intercity Bus Terminal. Hop on the westbound express bus and get down at Hallim Park Bus Stop. The journey is a 50-minute bus ride.

If you are taking the bus from Seogwipo Intercity Bus Terminal, hop on the westbound express bus to Hallim Park Bus Stop. The journey from here is a little longer, about 80 minutes.

Address: 300, Hallim-ro, Hallim-eup, Jeju-si, Jeju-do
Phone: 1330 Travel Hotline +82-2-1330 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese) OR
+82-64-796-0001/4

Entrance Fee:

Category Individual Group (30 or more)
Adults (age 19-64) 11,000 won 9,000 won
Teens (age 13-18) 8,000 won 5,500 won
Children (age 3-12) 7,000 won 5,000 won
Seniors
(age 65 and above)
9,000 won 8,000 won

Note: Group Fee is applicable to people with disabilities, men of national merit and Jeju residents.

Opening hours:

Period Price
March to September 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
October to February 8:30 am – 6 pm
July 15 to August 20 8:30 am – 7:30 pm (peak season in Summer)

Note: Last entry is 1 hour 30 minutes before closing. This is subject to change depending on time of sunset.

Website: www.hallimpark.co.kr (English, Korean, Chinese, Japanese)

 

Accommodation

There are many hotels and resorts near to Hallim Park that you can choose from. It all depends on your budget, so we recommend you do some research on your own to find one that suits you best. Here are two suggestions to start you off.

1. Harmony Resort
Address: 963-1 Hyeopjae-ri, Hallim-eub, Jeju-si, Hallim, Jeju Island
Phone: +82-64-796-8441
Website: http://harmony-resort-kr.book.direct/

2. Ebbnsae Pension
Address: 2082-2 Hyeopjae-ri, Hallim-eub (68-5 Hyeopjae-ro), Jeju-si, Hallim, Jeju Island
Phone: +82-64-796-8120
Website: https://goo.gl/12Vz97

 

15. Soesokkak Estuary

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Soesokkak Estuary used to be known as ‘Soedun’. ‘Soe’ means ‘ox’, and ‘so’ means ‘a pool of water’, while and ‘Kkak’ means ‘the end’, and so ‘Soesokkak’ means ‘a lying down ox’.

Soesokkak Estuary is located in Seogwipo area of Jeju Island, on the Southern side of Mount Hallasan. It is renowned for its natural landscape located at the mouth of Hyodoncheon Stream where fresh water meets the ocean, creating a wide and gently flowing river.

Unique lava rock formations line the edges of the cliff with pine trees hanging over, giving it a lush greenery landscape, while the inviting deep emerald-blue waters create a mesmerizing picturesque scene.

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The island is also very well known for its tangerines that give out a refreshing, zesty scent all around the area, making Soesokkak a popular site to explore. Other popular sites, like Jusang Jeolli Cliffs, Jungmun Resort, and Cheonjeyeon are also close by if you wish to visit.

 

How to Get There

From Jeju International Airport, get on the Limousine Bus. No. 600 to KAL Hotel and get down at the last stop. Then take a taxi from the bus stop to Soesokkak Estuary which is a 10 – 15 minutes drive.

Another option is to get on Bus No. 100 from Jeju International Airport to Jeju Intercity Bus Terminal and take an intercity bus that goes to Namjo-ro. Get down at Hyodon Middle School, and continue by foot for around 20 minutes to Soesokkak Estuary.

Address: 128, Soesokkak-ro, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do
Phone: 1330 Travel Hotline +82-2-1330 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese) OR
+82-64-767-1616
Entrance Fee: Free
Opening hours: NIL
Website: www.jejutour.go.kr (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)

 

Accommodation

There are many accommodation around Soesokkak, it all depends on your requirements. It would be good to do your own research to see what you like that is suitable for your budget. Here are two examples.

1. Jeju R Hotel Seogwipo
Address: 14, Jungjeong-ro, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do
Phone: +82-64-733-5477
Website: www.rgeho.com

2. BENIKEA Hotel Jeju Crystal
Address: 16, Jungjeong-ro, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do
Phone: +82-64-732-8311
Website: www.jejucrystal.com (Korean)

 

16. Hamdeok Beach

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This gorgeous beach with its crystal clear emerald-blue sea is about 14km east of Jeju city, and is popular amongst locals as well as tourists.

Although the beach may not be long, it is famous for its shallow pristine waters and white soft sand mixed with uniquely shaped lava stones. You can enjoy the beach all to yourself if you visit during non-peak seasons around June. Summer time is when the beach gets very crowded.

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You can go on its arched bridge over the black basalt and explore the amazing scenic sites. There are many fun activities you can do here, such as water-skiing, banana boat riding, motor boat riding, fishing, and more. The Seoubong Peak helps to shield the beach from the breezy Jeju winds, making it ideal for kayaking activities. If you go further out, you can enjoy wave kayaking, which is very popular when it is windy.

 

How to Get There

Take Bus No. 38 from Jeju International Airport to Hamdeok Beach. Alternatively, you can take a bus bound for Jeju-si Jungang Rotary. Get down at Jungang Rotary Bus Stop, cross to the opposite side of the road to another bus stop. Transfer to Bus No. 10 that will take you to Hamdeok Beach.

Address: Seoheul-gil, Jeju-si, Jeju-do
Phone: 1330 Travel Hotline +82-2-1330 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese) OR
+82-64-728-3393
Entrance Fee: Free
Opening hours: NIL
Note: Yaksajeon Hall and Bangsaengteo Site are open all day

Website: www.jejutour.go.kr (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)

 

Accommodation

There are many accommodation around Hamdeok Beach, ranging from luxurious 5-star hotels to the more budget ones. Here are two examples, but we recommend you do your own research to find one that suits you the most.

1. Ocean Suites Jeju Hotel
Address: 74, Tapdonghaean-ro, Jeju-si, Jeju-do
Phone: +82-64-720-6000
Website: www.oceansuites.kr (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)

2. HK Jeju (Hostel Korea in Jeju)
Address: 1192-14, Samdo 2-dong, Jeju-si, Jeju-do
Phone: +82-64-727-0027
Website: www.hkjeju.com (Korean, English, Chinese, Japanese, Thai)

 

17. Seongeup Folk Village

Photo Credit: Korea Tourism Organization

Photo Credit: Korea Tourism Organization

Go back in time and experience Jeju life as if it was in the olden days when you visit Seongeup Folk Village. Situated at the foot of Halla Mountain, you will find a collection of thatched-roof houses with walls made of the island’s volcanic rocks.

The Seongeup Folk Village is a cultural heritage that has been handed down from one generation to the next and they include these houses, some of them dating back 600 years, which are still home to many.

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Apart from the houses, the village also has Confucian shrines, altars for shamanistic rituals, schools, ancient government offices, large millstones, fortress ruins, and several stone monuments. Most iconic of these are the Harubang stone statues or ‘stone grandfathers’ that are placed all over the village, guarding the area. Even the trees are an important cultural heritage, as some of them, like the zelkova and nettle trees, are hundreds of years old.

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There are also other types of cultural treasures here, such as the village’s folk plays. Hear the locals speak in their unique dialect, watch traditional craftsmanship, and sample some native food to complete your whole experience.

 

How to Get There

Take an Intercity Bus to Beonnyeong-ro from Jeju Intercity Bus Terminal and get down at Seongeup 1(il)-ri samuso. Go around the corner and continue walking for about 200 metres to the village. Travelling time by bus is 1 hour 40 minutes.

If you are coming from Seogwipo Intercity Bus Terminal, catch the Dongilju bus and get down at Pyoseon-ri samuso. Proceed to walk straight and turn left at the intersection and continue walking until you reach the bus stop. From there get on Beonnyeong-ro bus and stop to Seupeup 1-ri. Travelling time is around 45 minutes.

Address: 104, Seongeupjeonguihyeon-ro, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do
Phone: 1330 Travel Hotline: +82-2-1330 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese) OR
+82-64-787-1179
Entrance Fee: Free
Opening hours: Open All Year
Website: www.jejutour.go.kr (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)

 

Accommodation

There are no accommodation in Seongeup Folk Village itself, but most of them are from 1 to 6km away, which is relatively near. It all depends on your requirements. Below are two hotels that are quite near, but please do further research to find ones that suit you best.

1. C&P Resort Youth Hostel
Address: 4328-63, Jungsangandong-ro, Seongsan-eup, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do
Phone: +82-64-784-7701
Website: www.cnpresort.co.kr (Korean)

2. Thai Story Pension
Address: 458 Seongub-ri, Pyoseon-myeon (118-32 Seoseongil-ro), Seongsan, Jeju Island
Phone: NIL
Website: https://goo.gl/sZ17ok

 

18. Geomun Oreum

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Geomum Oreum is a parasitic volcano, also known as Oreum in the Jeju dialect. Located in Jocheon-eup with an altitude of 456 metres, Oreum was created by many volcanic activities that occurred between 100,000 and 300,000 years ago.

A unique geographical feature called Seonheulgot was formed when the lava that poured out from the crater flowed along the coastal slopes. The lava also formed a few caves such as Bengdwigul Cave on the left side, and Manjanggul, Gimnyeonggul, Yongcheondonggul and Dangcheomuldonggul Caves on the right, each with their own unique characteristics.

As you enter Geomun Oreum you will come across dense forest with many Japanese cedar trees. Deciduous broad-leaved forest, shrubbery, and an evergreen forest can be discovered as you proceed further.

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Geomun Oreum is also a habitat and breeding ground for many local birds, such as the Korean Bush Warbler, Brown-Eared Bulbul, Varied Tit, White-Backed Woodpecker, Streptopelia Orientalis, and some migratory birds like the Fairy Pitta and Tricoloured Flycatcher.

For nature lovers who would like a good walk in the forest, Geomun Oreum offers trekking paths that allow you to explore the natural wilderness of Jeju. Ever since Geomun Oreum was designated a UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site, it has been attracting visitors all over the world.

 

How to Get There

Take the bus from Jeju International Airport that goes to Pyoseon. Get down at Seonheul 2-ri (Geomunoreum). Then walk for another 700 metres to Geomun Oreum Tourism Information Desk. Travelling time by bus is around 30 minutes.

Address: Deokcheon-ri, Gujwa-eup & Seonheul-ri, Jocheon-eup, Jeju-si, Jeju-do
Phone: 1330 Travel Hotline +82-2-1330 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese) OR
+82-64-710-8981

Entrance Fee:

Geomun Oreum Admission

Category Individual Group
Adults 2,000 won 1,600 won
Teens 1,000 won 800 won
Children 1,000 won 800 won

Heritage Centre

Category Individual Group
Adults 3,000 won 2,400 won
Teens 2,000 won 1,600 won
Children 2,000 won 1,600 won

Note: Adults (age 25-64), Teens (age 13-24), Children (age 7-12)

Reservation Information for Foreigners:

  • Reservations are open and can be made one month in advance
  • Entry is only allowed for visitors who have made a reservation in advance
  • Online reservation: wnhcenter.jeju.go.kr
  • Phone reservation: +82-64-710-8981
  • Foreigners are recommended to make a reservation via phone.

Opening hours: 9 am – 1 pm (based on departure time)
Website: wnhcenter.jeju.go.kr (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese) OR
www.jejutour.go.kr (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)

 

Accommodation

Geomun Oreum’s accommodations range from dormitories to rooms with a mountain view. We recommend that you do your own research to find lodgings that suit your needs and budget. Here are two suggestions.

1. Pino & Cchio Pension
Address: 1853, Iljudong-ro, Gujwa-eup Jeju
Phone: 1800-796-370
Website: https://goo.gl/frHbEB

2. Hanwha Resort – Jeju
Address: 575-107, Myeongnim-ro, Jeju-si, Jeju-do
Phone: +82-64-725-9000, +82-1588-2299 (Korean)
Website: www.hanwharesort.co.kr (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)

 

19. Maze Land

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Have you ever been in a maze? Well, here is your chance to check out Maze Land, the world’s longest stone maze measuring around 5.3 km in length. The theme park’s maze is primarily built using stones and wood from Jeju Island itself. They represent Jeju’s three principal items or ‘Samda’: rocks, wind, and women.

Visiting Maze Land is not just fun, but also good for your health. This is due to the unique stone from the maze that releases high levels of far-infrared radiation and the wood (T. occidentalis) produces huge amounts of phytoncides, a substance released by plants and trees to help protect themselves from harmful insects or germs. Research has shown that ‘therapeutic landscapes’ that releases phytoncides allows for ‘forest bathing’, which may reduce the risk of stress-related diseases, lower blood sugar, and increase concentration.

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The park has many species of trees that are several decades old, and they create a perfect environment for ‘forest bathing’. All you need to do is to surround yourself with nature and trees, breathe, and soak in nature’s healing powers.

After challenging yourself through the three different mazes, you can check out the maze museum, which explains in detail the history of these unique mazes that were built in the 14th century, as well as participate in puzzles and games while touring the museum.

 

How to Get There

Take the Donghae Intercity Bus from Jeju Intercity Bus Terminal and get down at the Pyeongdae-ri or Sehwa-ri Bus Stops. Then hop on to the shuttle bus and get off at Bijarim Forest Bus Stop.

Note: Shuttle bus services are available from Pyeongdae Elementary School. Reservations are required.

Address: 2134-47, Bijarim-ro, Gujwa-eup, Jeju-si, Jeju-do
Phone: 1330 Travel Hotline +82-2-1330 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese) OR
+82-64-784-3838
Entrance Fee:

Category Individual Group (30 or more)
Adults 9,000 won 4,000 won
Teens 7,000 won 1,600 won
Children/ seniors 6,000 won 3,500 won
People with disabilities 3,000 won 2,000 won

Note:

  • Teens (middle to high school students), seniors (age 65 years old and up), children (36 months old to elementary school students)
  • People with disabilities: ID check is required

Opening hours:

Period Price
November – January 9 am – 6 pm
April-May 9 am – 6:30 pm
June-September 9 am – 7 pm

Note: Last entry is one hour before closing.

Website: www.mazeland.co.kr (Korean)

 

Accommodation

There are not many accommodations near Maze Land, but there are a few guest houses for you to choose from. We recommend you do further research to find the right accommodation for your requirements. Below are two suggestions as a start.

1. Art House JejuHouse
Address: 2410, Iljudong-ro, Woljeong-ri, Gujwa-eup, Jeju-si, Seongsan, Jeju Island
Phone: +82-10-2980-1128
Website: https://goo.gl/KksS5e

2. Red Windmill PensionHouse
Address: 3100 Gimnyeong-ri, Gujwa-eup, Jocheon, Jeju Island
Phone: NIL
Website: https://goo.gl/5mRqJe

 

20. O’sulloc Museum

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O’sulloc is a renowned brand for green tea in Korea. Located near Seogwangdawon, the O’sulloc Museum allows visitors to learn all about Korea’s traditional tea culture. The meaning of ‘O’ in ‘o’sulloc’ is to ‘appreciate and enjoy’. This also stands for the ‘origin of sulloc’, ‘only sulloc’, and ‘of sulloc tea’.

Launched in September 2001, the museum opened its doors to tea lovers, and has been a popular spot for both locals and foreigners. The building takes on the shape of a teacup, and there are six different exhibitions inside, where you can view various types of teacups from Korea as well as around the world. You will also learn about various types of tea leaves and how they are selected to create the finest green teas.

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Not only do you get to learn more about the history of Korean teas, you can relax and enjoy a delicious cup of tea by the lotus pond in the indoor garden. Don’t forget to try the popular green tea cake and signature green tea ice cream. You can also check out the observatory deck on the second floor overlooking the fresh green tea fields and surroundings. The souvenir shop is full of O’sulloc tea products that make perfect gifts for family and friends.

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How to Get There

The best way to get to O’sulloc Tea Museum would be by taxi. It is about a 35-minute drive from the airport.

Address: 15, Sinhwayeoksa-ro, Andeok-myeon, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do
Phone: 1330 Travel Hotline +82-2-1330 (English, Japanese, Chinese) OR
+82-64-794-5312/3 (Korean)
Entrance Fee: Free
Opening hours: 9 am – 6 pm
Website: osulloc.com (Korean, English, Chinese)

 

Accommodation

Here are two accommodation near the O’sulloc Tea Museum. However, we recommend you do further research to find the most suitable lodging to fit your budget and travel plans.

1. Dammora Resort
Address: 734 Sage-ri, Andeok-myeon, Jungmun, Jeju Island
Phone: +82-64-792-6678
Website: https://goo.gl/pxfAWc

2. Mirvill Pension JejuHouse
Address: 846 Sagye-ri, Andeok-myeon, Seogwipo-si, Jungmun, Jeju Island
Phone: N/A
Website: https://goo.gl/ZWivHn

 

Travel Books on Jeju

 

1. Jeju Island – A Slow Travel Adventure Guidebook

Authors: Emma Doddrell Hall and Jarrod Hall

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This guidebook has all the information you need to explore one of the most unique destinations in Asia. The authors have explored Jeju Island by bus, taxi, bicycle, scooter, ferry, and on foot several times, and have explored the back-lanes, visited the island’s nooks and crannies, communicated with the locals, eaten the local food, camped in various locations, and stayed in every type of accommodation imaginable, including hotels, home-stays. This guidebook is their very comprehensive summary of the island’s wonders.

From: http://koreanrooftop.com/downloads/jeju-island-slow-travel-adventure-guidebook/

 

2. Jeju Island – An Island of Sky and Sea

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This 253-page guidebook is published by Jeju Special Self-Governing, and has everything you need to know about Jeju Island, such as the top sites to visit, cultural nuances, foodstuffs, special events, and a whole section on tourist information.

This is an e-book, and can be downloaded from https://issuu.com/jejubooks/docs/jejuguidebook_eng

 

Sources:

  • http://edition.cnn.com/travel/article/things-do-jeju-island/index.html
  • http://wikitravel.org/en/Jeju
  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jeju_Island
  • http://www.tommyooi.com/jeju-attractions/
  • http://www.lifeinkorea.com/travel2/cheju
  • http://www.ijto.or.kr/english/
  • http://www.tommyooi.com/jeju-attractions/#3VQ5MTibjTxo1Jcl.99

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  1. Lim Han Nee on Aug 20, 2017 at 5:29 pm

    Jeju Island in South Korea is a fascinating place for tourists and holiday goers.It is famous for its many unique lava rock formations, its many natural World Heritage sites and other alluring features like the majestic waterfalls, the largest lava tunnel, crater lakes , lovely beaches, unusual theme parks . With these amazingly natural and beautiful sights, it is little wonder that it is a favourite among honeymooners.

    Other quaint and traditional features include the famous Haenyeo sea women, who are great divers. Jeju practices a matriarchal system where the women are forced by circumstances to be the heads of their families. Also uniquely traditional and ancient is the folk village and museum , where you can catch a glimpse of the traditional culture practiced by th people of Jeju.

    Its falls are majestic and spectacular, such as the Jeongbang Falls, which rise high above the sea and falls over great cliffs.There are lovely shrines ,like the Gulbeopdang Shrine, inside a natural cave.
    Jeju is famous for its tangerines which have been grown there since the time of the Three Kingdoms! Another speciality there is Green Tea desserts and ice cream!

    Jeju is a lovely place still steeped in the traditional and this will continue to attract tourists and holidaymakers.

  2. wan wai meng on Aug 19, 2017 at 2:32 am

    Jeju is very beautiful, interesting to note that a Matriarchal society formed here and it was formed out of practicality. Also know the Mosuo people who live in Sichuan have such a society and so does the Minangkabau people from the islands of Indonesia. Somehow I get the feeling matriarchal societies a lot of less wars and conflicts occur in such societies.

  3. Paul Yap on Aug 13, 2017 at 1:17 pm

    Jeju Island is very beautiful, has a vast landscape and rich in flora and fauna. It has very nice volcano mountain, beautiful water falls, and what I like the most is the very intricate Yakcheonsa Buddhist Temple. I also found that Gulbeopdang, a unique shrine built inside a natural cave has a very calming feel. The Gulbeopdang shrine is perfect for close meditation, away from the busy and noisy crowd. Overall Korean is very clean and neat, they have preserved the nature very well. This shows a very good government and people, who is responsible towards their environment and future generation.

  4. Samfoonheei on Aug 13, 2017 at 12:42 pm

    Jeju ,South Korea is known for its beach resorts and volcanic landscape of craters and cavelike lava tubes.Its a main tourist destination with
    unique attractions,natural wonders ,romantic sunrises and sunsets, mild climate and beautiful sandy beaches to excellent food and intriguing museums .
    The women of Jeju have a reputation for strength. The island is famous for its haenyeo, female divers who collects abalone and other seafoods for a living.I have not been to there before or any other South Korea cities but have heard of the beauty of it.Its a place worth to go for a hoiday.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this post.

  5. Fong on Aug 12, 2017 at 9:14 pm

    One read and hear so much about the Haenyeo of Jeju. It will be a sad day when all of them retire due to old age. These ladies are the attraction and the work they do is so tough and not very glamorous but yet they love and continue this tradition. Real women power.

    There is so much information here that even if one does not fly to Jeju for a visit, reading this, one will be transported there. As good as any travel guide if not more.

  6. Datuk May on Aug 12, 2017 at 3:53 pm

    Having been to Jeju Island, I noticed that many of the tourist sites mentioned in this article were not visited by me at all.

    With fond memories of my last visit about 3 years ago, the information in this article made my visit complete. Whatever I have missed, the gaps are now filled reading and seeing the contents in this article.

    Before any planned trip to Wonderful Korea, it is highly recommended that you visit Tsemrinpoche.com to decide the places of interest for you in Korea so that you do not miss as much as I did.

    • Joy on Aug 13, 2017 at 1:19 am

      Wow, you have been to Jeju? What you said was just so hilarious ” I noticed that many of the tourist sites mentioned in this article were not visited by me at all.” Glad to know that you found the information provided was helpful 🙂

      I think Rinpoche’s blog is becoming a really diverse and the travelogue is really helpful to anyone who needs a quick guide on where to go when they are heading to the various parts of beautiful Asia.

      Thank you Datuk May for your comment!

      • Datuk May on Aug 13, 2017 at 4:09 pm

        I agree with you, Joy that Tsem Rinpoche’s blog is not only a great Buddhist cyber temple, it is also an encyclopedia of travel guides, food and even hobbies.

        I am very grateful for this website that offers so much to all needs of the human race.

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  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Aug 23. 2017 11:57 AM
    What a choice Kenneth Lee made….quit his well-paying job as a lecturer. And now he is teaching in a small school in a remote area of Thailand.He has no regret quitting his job for a journey that comes with many uncertainties and changes to a completely new place.
    All he wanted was to live his life as meaningfully as possible and a good teacher who can contribute positively to a place which can help his students.Even though the work load is slightly more because he could not speck their languages.
    He gave up his comfortable life, his material possessions, and he is now enjoying a greater degree of spiritual happiness and has less worries.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this inspiring post .May more people will be inspired by him.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/he-has-the-best-job-in-the-world.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Aug 23. 2017 11:56 AM
    Very powerful teachings on Bodhicitta which is explains precisely.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this powerful teachings by Lama Yeshe.
    I will keep these in mind ,have deep thoughts and maybe a wake up call for me …….(The dedicated attitude of opening your heart to all universal living beings brings relaxation. )
    Many unusual and auspicious signs happens on the day of 2nd Zong Rinpoche, Zongtrul Tenpa Chopel passing.After opening the cremation hearth they found the skull unburned and completely intact with a Tibetan ‘Ah’ syllable.
    The discovery of these extraordinary signs made everyone feel great peace, reaffirming their faith in their Teacher.
    Thanks again with folded hands.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/great-excerpt.html
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  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Aug 23. 2017 11:54 AM
    A best friend is like a four leaf clover, hard to find, lucky to have.
    Friendship is one mind in two bodies and its about who we’ve known and who is always there to be with us at all times.That is dorje Shugden who is always with us and will help us nor matter where and times.As long as we have faith and trust in our powerful Protector Dorje Shugden,he will be our great friend.
    Thank you Rinpoche through your kindness,caring,and compassion we are fortunate to meet and know Rinpoche’s great friend.

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  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Aug 23. 2017 11:52 AM
    A best friend is like a four leaf clover, hard to find, lucky to have.
    Friendship is one mind in two bodies and its about who we’ve known and who is always there to be with us at all times.That is dorje Shugden who is always with us and will help us nor matter where and times.As long as we have faith and trust in our powerful Protector Dorje Shugden,he will be our great friend.
    Thank you Rinpoche through your kindness,caring,and compassion we are fortunate to meet and know Rinpoche’s great friend.


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  • Stella Cheang
    Tuesday, Aug 22. 2017 10:58 PM
    Danny Bowman’s case is extreme, more of a mental problem instead of a vanity issue. However, many people around us are addicted to taking selfie. Even though it might be just showing off their beauty to gain attention, it should not be dismissed lightly. Because of their excessive love for themselves, they lack the empathy for others. This is the real issue. When someone place all the attention on themselves and expect others to do the same, it is against the practice of Bodhicitta. And if it not corrected at early stage, it will become a habituation and strong imprint that will also affect them in their next life.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/selfie-addiction-is-no-laughing-matter-psychiatrists-say.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Tuesday, Aug 22. 2017 05:59 PM
    Thank you, Rinpoche, for this sharing on Dr. Joona Repo’s work. In his book “Phabongka Dechen Nyingpo: His Collected Works and the Guru-Deity-Protector Triad,” Dr. Joona Repo’s impartial recollections of Pabongka Rinpoche serves to debunk certain perception people have towards this erudite master, who was brought into question because of his emphasis on Dorje Shugden and what was deemed as sectarianism practices.

    Through presenting the vastness and diversity of the works by Pabongka Rinpoche and records of his teaching against sectarianism, this book empirically presents a balanced view of Pabongka Rinpoche against those baseless allegations. The fact that Pabongka Rinpoche wrote extensively about Vajrayogini and had visions of Heruka proved that he is no ordinary Lama.

    Pabongka Rinpoche was, in fact, the reincarnation of a well-known scholar Changkya Rolpay Dorje who was the Royal Tutor to the Chinese Emperors. Because of this sensitivity, Pabongka RInpoche was not recognized his lineage by the power of the day. This in itself is a hint that there are more than meet the eyes.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/the-collected-works-of-h-h-pabongka-rinpoche.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Aug 22. 2017 12:24 PM
    Very inspiring and powerful quotes for us to have a deep thought of it. Which we will need to remember at all times in our spiritual journey.
    I do loves these quotes…
    Remember, if we wish to make an offering to our teacher, no offering is greater than that of our own dharma practice..~Geshe Tsutrim Gyeltsen

    Never abandon your spiritual teacher no matter how many inner obstacles you need to overcome……~Tsem Rinpoche

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing all these powerful quotes which will change our lives and should not be ignored.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/quotes-that-should-not-be-ignored.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Aug 22. 2017 12:23 PM
    Wow beautiful and meaningful this precious poem wrote by Rinpoche.And the lyrics of the song made from the poem below by Gavin Gooi is fabulous. Could not beliveve it from a poem to a lovely songs. Nice to hear and i love listerning each and every words said….very touching poem from sadness to happiness expressed .Rinpoche’s Guru Devotion and the love for His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche .
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing .

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/a-poem-to-my-teacher.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Aug 22. 2017 12:22 PM
    Its a interesting post with 2 giants countries discussing over movie market. Hollywood producers who are increasingly looking to tap the country’s fast-growing box office into China market.However there is restriction .They hopes China will increase the quota and the share of revenues more in line with international markets. And even has openly criticized China on trade.China is likely to raise the quota of imported films as part of recent trade talks.
    China are trying to protect its growing domestic film industry from Hollywood domination. The most best measure is the strict quota limiting the number.
    Brad Pitt was back in China nearly 20 years after being baned over a film about Tibet .Time has changed China policy on celebrities entering China.
    Thank you Pastor Loh Seng Piow for sharing.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/china-raises-movie-quota-hollywood-on-best-behavior.html
  • Tsem Rinpoche
    Tuesday, Aug 22. 2017 10:05 AM
    You won’t believe what this former Citibank vice president has to say. One of the most powerful and inspiring speeches you will ever hear in your life! Plse take a few moments to listen to this. It is worth it.-
    https://www.facebook.com/mercyforanimals/videos/10152917764269475/?hc_ref=ARTTZV6szVgZXaepZJFJ_-wCZ1U-SiyFA3jzC20EoNgCNwsOyTV_ELImvK3Lq_IgBBQ
  • Lin Mun
    Monday, Aug 21. 2017 09:48 PM


    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing these precious pictures. It shows so much about Guru Devotion and a very close Guru and student relationship. The love and care of a Guru to his students are unlimited.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/gurus-love-their-students.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Monday, Aug 21. 2017 07:53 PM
    This article reminds me of how, in general, people understand the need to have a strong and fit psychic body but rarely willing to take action to go through the training. Let alone Dharma training of the mind which is much more tougher. Because our habituation has conditioned us to perceive and think a certain way, and the need to unlearn and relearn is not part of our program.

    To me, understanding the need to be trained and having the courage to go through the training is a process in itself. The mind has to be conditioned to understand the need of the training which is to eliminate the “i” and the importance of the training which is to speed up the journey of crossing the ocean of samsara.

    Most importantly, we must recognize it is very rare for us to be in a perfect human condition, meet the dharma and the perfect Guru, therefore, we must not imagine that we have time by thinking there will always be tomorrow. Actually this is the conversation in my mind sometimes… lol.

    Thank you, Rinpoche, for this article.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/training-shouldnt-be-optional.html

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I pity men who occupy themselves exclusively with the transitory in things and lose themselves in the study of what is perishable, since we are here for this very end- that we may make the perishable imperishable, which we can do only after we have learned how to approach both.~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

(This quote is very powerful from Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. He seems to be a powerful thinker and can think beyond daily and ordinary thoughts. Like I shared, only the study of dharma is going to lead to the imperishable. Any other studies of this world only are temporarily beneficial which is perishable. Of course he is not referring to dharma, but he realized ordinary pursuits leads to perishability. If he knew dharma, he would see the vastness of Buddha\'s omniscience.  Tsem Rinpoche)
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I pity men who occupy themselves exclusively with the transitory in things and lose themselves in the study of what is perishable, since we are here for this very end- that we may make the perishable imperishable, which we can do only after we have learned how to approach both.~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (This quote is very powerful from Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. He seems to be a powerful thinker and can think beyond daily and ordinary thoughts. Like I shared, only the study of dharma is going to lead to the imperishable. Any other studies of this world only are temporarily beneficial which is perishable. Of course he is not referring to dharma, but he realized ordinary pursuits leads to perishability. If he knew dharma, he would see the vastness of Buddha's omniscience. Tsem Rinpoche)
One of the nicest Taras I\'ve seen. I like her shade of green and the lotus on the left which is lower as her hand is lower so it\'s very balanced looking. Her face looks young, motherly, kind and yet regal.
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One of the nicest Taras I've seen. I like her shade of green and the lotus on the left which is lower as her hand is lower so it's very balanced looking. Her face looks young, motherly, kind and yet regal.
(1st photo) Kyabje Lati Rinpoche in the centre and Ven Kensur Rinpoche Lobsang Phende on the extreme right. After the unfair ban against Dorje Shugden practitioners was forcibly instituted by Tibetan leadership onto the people and monasteries, the monasteries split. Over 600 monks from Gaden Shartse Monastery left and set up Shar Gaden Monastery. The Tibetan leadership did their best to get the authorities to close Shar Gaden Monastery but Shar Gaden had registered so there was nothing Tibetan leadership can do. It was very sad. Kensur Rinpoche Lobsang Phende left Gaden Shartse Monastery to be the abbot of the newly formed Shar Gaden Monastery in South India where they can continue Dorje Shugden practice. Prior to the ban Lati Rinpoche and Kensur Rinpoche Lobsang Phende can meet up, share and be close as they all had been very close. After the ban this was not allowed anymore. Dorje Shugden and non-Dorje Shugden people had to be segregated. They cannot mix. The previous prime minister of the Tibetan exiled government said that Dorje Shugden people and non Dorje Shugden people are like the mustache and the mouth and it has to be separated. Tsem Rinpoche
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(1st photo) Kyabje Lati Rinpoche in the centre and Ven Kensur Rinpoche Lobsang Phende on the extreme right. After the unfair ban against Dorje Shugden practitioners was forcibly instituted by Tibetan leadership onto the people and monasteries, the monasteries split. Over 600 monks from Gaden Shartse Monastery left and set up Shar Gaden Monastery. The Tibetan leadership did their best to get the authorities to close Shar Gaden Monastery but Shar Gaden had registered so there was nothing Tibetan leadership can do. It was very sad. Kensur Rinpoche Lobsang Phende left Gaden Shartse Monastery to be the abbot of the newly formed Shar Gaden Monastery in South India where they can continue Dorje Shugden practice. Prior to the ban Lati Rinpoche and Kensur Rinpoche Lobsang Phende can meet up, share and be close as they all had been very close. After the ban this was not allowed anymore. Dorje Shugden and non-Dorje Shugden people had to be segregated. They cannot mix. The previous prime minister of the Tibetan exiled government said that Dorje Shugden people and non Dorje Shugden people are like the mustache and the mouth and it has to be separated. Tsem Rinpoche
You can see in this 2nd photo, Kyabje Lati Rinpoche blessing a child and Kensur Rinpoche Lobsang Phende standing next to the child. The monasteries were happy, united and had good samaya with each other prior to the ban. The ban destroyed everything and unity and harmony. It is very sad to see this. These pictures are from Kensur Rinpoche Lobsang Phende\'s collection. Tsem Rinpoche
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You can see in this 2nd photo, Kyabje Lati Rinpoche blessing a child and Kensur Rinpoche Lobsang Phende standing next to the child. The monasteries were happy, united and had good samaya with each other prior to the ban. The ban destroyed everything and unity and harmony. It is very sad to see this. These pictures are from Kensur Rinpoche Lobsang Phende's collection. Tsem Rinpoche
His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche on the throne, His Eminence Lati Rinpoche (next to Zong Rinpoche) and below Lati Rinpoche is Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche (sitting below Lati Rinpoche). This is a puja in Gaden Shartse Monastery. A rare and blessed photo and nice to save. Tsem Rinpoche
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His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche on the throne, His Eminence Lati Rinpoche (next to Zong Rinpoche) and below Lati Rinpoche is Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche (sitting below Lati Rinpoche). This is a puja in Gaden Shartse Monastery. A rare and blessed photo and nice to save. Tsem Rinpoche
ou can save this rare thangka of 1,000 armed Heruka. I\'ve never seen this thangka or any of this form before and it\'s the first time. You can print out or keep or use. I found this online and it\'s beautiful. Kyabje Zong Rinpoche mentioned this Heruka 30 years ago to us and since then I have never seen this in painting or statue at all till now. He has many legs and many faces too. Very special and unique. Seeing Heruka or thinking of Heruka plants the seeds of enlightenment in our mindstream. Tsem Rinpoche
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ou can save this rare thangka of 1,000 armed Heruka. I've never seen this thangka or any of this form before and it's the first time. You can print out or keep or use. I found this online and it's beautiful. Kyabje Zong Rinpoche mentioned this Heruka 30 years ago to us and since then I have never seen this in painting or statue at all till now. He has many legs and many faces too. Very special and unique. Seeing Heruka or thinking of Heruka plants the seeds of enlightenment in our mindstream. Tsem Rinpoche
This is Venerable Lhakpa Tsering from Tibet. He has passed away a few years back of natural causes and as he was older. He was one of the high ranking and official oracle of Dorje Shugden, Namka Barzin, Kache Marpo and several other high protectors. He was famous in Tibet for his correct trance of Dorje Shugden and extremely powerful clairvoyance advice of Dorje Shguden. He has been taking trance since Tibet. In 1959 he left Tibet for India and settled in Kalimpong. He continued to take trance in Kalimpong of Dorje Shugden for government officials, local persons, high lamas, monasteries, nuns, monks and even foreigners. For over 40 years his wonderful oracular ability to take trance and give advice and prophecies has benefited so many people. He was trained and blessed as an oracle by the previous Dromo Geshe Rinpoche of Sera Jey Monastery. I\'ve had a chance to stay at his house, meet him and see him in trance. It was a great blessing and amazing experience. Tsem Rinpoche
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This is Venerable Lhakpa Tsering from Tibet. He has passed away a few years back of natural causes and as he was older. He was one of the high ranking and official oracle of Dorje Shugden, Namka Barzin, Kache Marpo and several other high protectors. He was famous in Tibet for his correct trance of Dorje Shugden and extremely powerful clairvoyance advice of Dorje Shguden. He has been taking trance since Tibet. In 1959 he left Tibet for India and settled in Kalimpong. He continued to take trance in Kalimpong of Dorje Shugden for government officials, local persons, high lamas, monasteries, nuns, monks and even foreigners. For over 40 years his wonderful oracular ability to take trance and give advice and prophecies has benefited so many people. He was trained and blessed as an oracle by the previous Dromo Geshe Rinpoche of Sera Jey Monastery. I've had a chance to stay at his house, meet him and see him in trance. It was a great blessing and amazing experience. Tsem Rinpoche
Why seek anything else when you have the illustrious practice of Vajra Yogini from the lineage of the Crazy Wisdom Mahasiddha Naropa? Nothing in samsara created by ordinary men can surpass the practice of Vajra Yogini elucidated to us by the Buddha. Nothing in samsara’s knowledge no matter how incredible can surpass the knowledge embodied in the dharma by the Buddha. Samsara knowledge is limited. When we study Buddha’s knowledge (Dharma) it guarantees our future with no limitations. Spend more time studying dharma than samsaric knowledge. Why even compare? Surrender samsara as death and loss are it’s only results and engage in Dharma practice all the way. Vajra Yogini is dharma and dharma is Vajra Yogini. Give everything for Vajra Yogini’s practice. Start now as a preliminary practice even without initiation (blog article: Starting on Vajra Yogini Now- http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=4395). Humbly, Tsem Rinpoche
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Why seek anything else when you have the illustrious practice of Vajra Yogini from the lineage of the Crazy Wisdom Mahasiddha Naropa? Nothing in samsara created by ordinary men can surpass the practice of Vajra Yogini elucidated to us by the Buddha. Nothing in samsara’s knowledge no matter how incredible can surpass the knowledge embodied in the dharma by the Buddha. Samsara knowledge is limited. When we study Buddha’s knowledge (Dharma) it guarantees our future with no limitations. Spend more time studying dharma than samsaric knowledge. Why even compare? Surrender samsara as death and loss are it’s only results and engage in Dharma practice all the way. Vajra Yogini is dharma and dharma is Vajra Yogini. Give everything for Vajra Yogini’s practice. Start now as a preliminary practice even without initiation (blog article: Starting on Vajra Yogini Now- http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=4395). Humbly, Tsem Rinpoche
The young Tsem Rinpoche with his cousin Sada Andreyev. She visited him in Los Angeles. Taken in Tsem Rinpoche\'s room in Thubten Dhargye Ling Dharma centre.
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The young Tsem Rinpoche with his cousin Sada Andreyev. She visited him in Los Angeles. Taken in Tsem Rinpoche's room in Thubten Dhargye Ling Dharma centre.
Young Tsem Rinpoche with his cousin Sonia Waskin. She visited him in Los Angeles, California.
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Young Tsem Rinpoche with his cousin Sonia Waskin. She visited him in Los Angeles, California.
Pictures of the teenage Tsem Rinpoche with his two cousins Sonia and Sada. Taken outside of Thubten Dhargye Ling Buddhist Centre where Tsem Rinpoche was living. Los Angeles, California, USA
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Pictures of the teenage Tsem Rinpoche with his two cousins Sonia and Sada. Taken outside of Thubten Dhargye Ling Buddhist Centre where Tsem Rinpoche was living. Los Angeles, California, USA
Pictures of the teenage Tsem Rinpoche with his two cousins Sonia and Sada. Los Angeles, California, USA
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Pictures of the teenage Tsem Rinpoche with his two cousins Sonia and Sada. Los Angeles, California, USA
The young Tsem Rinpoche with his parents Boris and Dana Bugayeff. And on the extreme right is Tsem Rinpoche\'s cousin Toktun Gugajew. This was in Howell, New Jersey, USA
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The young Tsem Rinpoche with his parents Boris and Dana Bugayeff. And on the extreme right is Tsem Rinpoche's cousin Toktun Gugajew. This was in Howell, New Jersey, USA
Tsem Rinpoche attending the wedding of Carmen Kichikov\'s brother. Tsem Rinpoche is 2nd from the right and in his adolescence. Howell, New Jersey, USA
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Tsem Rinpoche attending the wedding of Carmen Kichikov's brother. Tsem Rinpoche is 2nd from the right and in his adolescence. Howell, New Jersey, USA
When my adorable Dharma boy came home to me. I love you Dharma boy. Tsem Rinpoche
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When my adorable Dharma boy came home to me. I love you Dharma boy. Tsem Rinpoche
Tsem Rinpoche in Taiwan as a baby where he was born
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Tsem Rinpoche in Taiwan as a baby where he was born
Tsem Rinpoche as a baby holding an umbrella
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Tsem Rinpoche as a baby holding an umbrella
Think about this...
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Think about this...
Our frustrations have meaning when it\'s for others and a greater cause.
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Our frustrations have meaning when it's for others and a greater cause.
It is much better to be doing good things for others than just for ourselves.
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It is much better to be doing good things for others than just for ourselves.
Contemplate this please...
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Contemplate this please...
Is there life beyond the grave? If the soul exists, does it survive death? If so, when did the belief first arise that the soul may reincarnate, to be born anew in another physical body? Before we unlock the future we must find the keys to the past. I’m Leonard Nimoy. Join me and open the door to ancient mysteries beginning now, here on A&E. Continue reading here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=37831
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Is there life beyond the grave? If the soul exists, does it survive death? If so, when did the belief first arise that the soul may reincarnate, to be born anew in another physical body? Before we unlock the future we must find the keys to the past. I’m Leonard Nimoy. Join me and open the door to ancient mysteries beginning now, here on A&E. Continue reading here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=37831
It was a great honour for myself and Kechara to have His Eminence Kensur Rinpoche Jetsun Lobsang Phende visiting us. He is a courageous and extremely brave abbot emeritus of the monastery during it\'s most difficult time.~Tsem Rinpoche - Please read more here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=132602
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It was a great honour for myself and Kechara to have His Eminence Kensur Rinpoche Jetsun Lobsang Phende visiting us. He is a courageous and extremely brave abbot emeritus of the monastery during it's most difficult time.~Tsem Rinpoche - Please read more here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=132602
This is a powerful picture of Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen, Kensur Kyabje Lati Rinpoche and the current incarnation of Trijang Rinpoche meeting together in the year 2000 when Trijang Rinpoche was 18. All three lamas are Dorje Shugden practitioners. In fact Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen was the one that first encouraged my practice of Dorje Shugden when I was 16 years old when I joined his beautiful Thubten Dhargye Ling centre in Los Angeles. I lived with Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen for 8 years before proceeding to Gaden Monastery in South India. Later Kyabje Zong Rinpoche came to our Los Angeles centre and granted sogtae (permission ceremony) to practice Dorje Shugden for life as requested by Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen. Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen had tremendous faith in Trijang Rinpoche. 

Kyabje Lati Rinpoche was innovative, dedicated and very much focused on bringing dharma to many. He had tremendous faith in Dorje Shugden as I had the honour to meet him many times. He would seek advice from Dorje Shugden many times via the oracle of Gaden Monastery. Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen and Kensur Kyabje Lati Rinpoche have since passed away while the current Trijang Rinpoche is a perfect lineage holder and practitioner of Dharma while he keeps Dorje Shugden as his personal protector as he has done so for many lifetimes. 

This is a powerful and beautiful picture of three great lamas of Buddha’s lineage and also of Gaden Monastery. ~Tsem Rinpoche
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This is a powerful picture of Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen, Kensur Kyabje Lati Rinpoche and the current incarnation of Trijang Rinpoche meeting together in the year 2000 when Trijang Rinpoche was 18. All three lamas are Dorje Shugden practitioners. In fact Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen was the one that first encouraged my practice of Dorje Shugden when I was 16 years old when I joined his beautiful Thubten Dhargye Ling centre in Los Angeles. I lived with Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen for 8 years before proceeding to Gaden Monastery in South India. Later Kyabje Zong Rinpoche came to our Los Angeles centre and granted sogtae (permission ceremony) to practice Dorje Shugden for life as requested by Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen. Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen had tremendous faith in Trijang Rinpoche. Kyabje Lati Rinpoche was innovative, dedicated and very much focused on bringing dharma to many. He had tremendous faith in Dorje Shugden as I had the honour to meet him many times. He would seek advice from Dorje Shugden many times via the oracle of Gaden Monastery. Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen and Kensur Kyabje Lati Rinpoche have since passed away while the current Trijang Rinpoche is a perfect lineage holder and practitioner of Dharma while he keeps Dorje Shugden as his personal protector as he has done so for many lifetimes. This is a powerful and beautiful picture of three great lamas of Buddha’s lineage and also of Gaden Monastery. ~Tsem Rinpoche
A beautiful photograph of a path walking down from Manjushri Hill in Kechara Forest Retreat in Malaysia.
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A beautiful photograph of a path walking down from Manjushri Hill in Kechara Forest Retreat in Malaysia.
This picture is of KB lovingly holding Mumu while he tries to stand up. I was in the room with them and someone else took this picture. It is a very sad and poignant picture because just a short while after this picture was taken, Mumu passed away with all of us present. This was the last picture of my little Mumu alive. We immediately did puja for Mumu and he is sorely missed by many as he touched our lives deeply. Tsem Rinpoche
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This picture is of KB lovingly holding Mumu while he tries to stand up. I was in the room with them and someone else took this picture. It is a very sad and poignant picture because just a short while after this picture was taken, Mumu passed away with all of us present. This was the last picture of my little Mumu alive. We immediately did puja for Mumu and he is sorely missed by many as he touched our lives deeply. Tsem Rinpoche
For years I have been doing this everywhere I go, no matter where or what country I am in. Always be kind to animals.
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For years I have been doing this everywhere I go, no matter where or what country I am in. Always be kind to animals.
Practising makes you better at something. If you keep practising in laziness, that is what you will become good in. If you keep practising generosity, that is what you will develop. Keep practising in what you want to become good at.
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Practising makes you better at something. If you keep practising in laziness, that is what you will become good in. If you keep practising generosity, that is what you will develop. Keep practising in what you want to become good at.
Real spirituality is kindness.
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Real spirituality is kindness.
Our time on this earth in this lifetime is short. It\'s our choice what will look back on when we are in our final moments.
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Our time on this earth in this lifetime is short. It's our choice what will look back on when we are in our final moments.
Materialism, desire and greed never result in happiness.
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Materialism, desire and greed never result in happiness.
Never ever eat our friends. Go vegetarian.
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Never ever eat our friends. Go vegetarian.
It is a privilege to serve the Dharma and to serve others. Real freedom comes in serving others.
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It is a privilege to serve the Dharma and to serve others. Real freedom comes in serving others.
Compared to humans and all other sentient beings, animals have just as much right to happiness and freedom.
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Compared to humans and all other sentient beings, animals have just as much right to happiness and freedom.
Dharma is not something I engage in as something separate from me. Dharma has been me since young.
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Dharma is not something I engage in as something separate from me. Dharma has been me since young.
How much we are willing to suffer is how compassionate we are.
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How much we are willing to suffer is how compassionate we are.
Dharma is the medicine of the mind prescribed by the Buddha.
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Dharma is the medicine of the mind prescribed by the Buddha.
How much effort we are willing to put into our practice, is how much results we will get.
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How much effort we are willing to put into our practice, is how much results we will get.
What do you worship on your altar, meat or compassion? One develops coldness and encourages lack of empathy, and one choice encourages attainments.
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What do you worship on your altar, meat or compassion? One develops coldness and encourages lack of empathy, and one choice encourages attainments.
Where does patience come from? Think about it closely
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Where does patience come from? Think about it closely
Indian sadhus and mendicants also very happy to receive Bhagwan Dorje Shugden
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Indian sadhus and mendicants also very happy to receive Bhagwan Dorje Shugden
Tsem Rinpoche with the great Geshe Namgyal Wangchen of Drepung Loseling Monastery. Read more: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=132495
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Tsem Rinpoche with the great Geshe Namgyal Wangchen of Drepung Loseling Monastery. Read more: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=132495
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(1st row) Alexandra David-Neel, Nicholas Roerich, Helena Roerich, Anagarika Govinda
(2nd row) Walter Evans-Wentz, John Blofeld, Bill Porter (Red Pine), Ekai Kawaguchi
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Some of my favorite people (1st row) Alexandra David-Neel, Nicholas Roerich, Helena Roerich, Anagarika Govinda (2nd row) Walter Evans-Wentz, John Blofeld, Bill Porter (Red Pine), Ekai Kawaguchi
Do share this message and create more awareness. Thank you
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Do share this message and create more awareness. Thank you
All that we want in samsara is just fleeting and illusionary and we are tired of chasing something that is so short lived, Lady Buddha Dakini Vajra Yogini, please embrace me as you did Naropa with great affection and lift me to your Kechara Paradise in my rainbow body. ~Tsem Rinpoche
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All that we want in samsara is just fleeting and illusionary and we are tired of chasing something that is so short lived, Lady Buddha Dakini Vajra Yogini, please embrace me as you did Naropa with great affection and lift me to your Kechara Paradise in my rainbow body. ~Tsem Rinpoche
Lady Buddha Diamond Dakini Vajra Yogini, you appear in so many forms, guises and methods out of great compasion to bring me to your paradise of Kechara heaven. Bless me to waste no more time and engage in my spirituality thoroughly and may I see your coral visage soon. Bless me that I surrender all my games, attachments, projections and endless chasing of all that is futile in samsara now.... Tsem Rinpoche
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Lady Buddha Diamond Dakini Vajra Yogini, you appear in so many forms, guises and methods out of great compasion to bring me to your paradise of Kechara heaven. Bless me to waste no more time and engage in my spirituality thoroughly and may I see your coral visage soon. Bless me that I surrender all my games, attachments, projections and endless chasing of all that is futile in samsara now.... Tsem Rinpoche
Sri Lanka is one of the most beautiful places I have visited. There is so much to explore. I have compiled 20 MUST VISIT places for you to see in Sri Lanka. Enjoy the post and the great pictures! Enjoy: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=127234
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Sri Lanka is one of the most beautiful places I have visited. There is so much to explore. I have compiled 20 MUST VISIT places for you to see in Sri Lanka. Enjoy the post and the great pictures! Enjoy: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=127234
 http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/wp-content/gallery/chat-pictures/chat-8yzmaqog68754.jpg Sacred and holy Lady Buddha Vajra Yogini being escorted from the Vajra Yogini temple on the streets on festival day to bless the masses. Tsem Rinpoche
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http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/wp-content/gallery/chat-pictures/chat-8yzmaqog68754.jpg Sacred and holy Lady Buddha Vajra Yogini being escorted from the Vajra Yogini temple on the streets on festival day to bless the masses. Tsem Rinpoche
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  • August 22, 2017 01:55
    jason asked: what is the significance of a solar eclipse in terms of sadhana practice besides multiplying merit
    Pastor Niral Patel answered: Dear Jason, Thank you for your question. It is good to see you here. As you have rightly pointed out, during solar eclipses the merit from engaging in virtuous actions are greatly multiplied. Therefore there are many prescribed practices one can do during these times to generate a lot of merit, such as engaging in prayers, making abundant offerings, animal liberation, taking precepts for the day, etc. In terms of sadhana practice, the main benefit here would be the multiplication of merits generated. However on a tantric level, since the movements of the planets are linked to the movement of energy within the universe, and therefore one’s body, there would be subtle changes in the psychic winds within the body as well. On the whole, the patterns of the universe are mirrored within the psychic winds in the body as well. The tantric system that deals with these movements in the most detail is the Kalachakra Tantra, which you can read more about here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/tibetan-astrology/introduction-to-tibetan-astrology.html In the Kalachakra Tantra it is said that when a solar eclipse occurs, merit is either multiplied a thousand, ten-thousand times, or a hundred-thousand times. The sun and the moon are linked with the psychic winds, channels and drops with tantric practice. According to the Kalachakra Tantra everyone breathes 21,600 time every day and our minds are said to ride on the winds within our bodies. The majority of the winds within out body are karmic winds, in that they come about and are affected by karmic tendencies. During an eclipse however, more wisdom winds are said to prevail in the body. As these circulate in the body, doing Dharma practice, especially tantric practices in which you use these winds, one can achieve spiritual attainments at a speed that would not normally be possible. In traditional mythology, there is a celestial body known as Rahu. This isn’t actually a physical planet, but a node on the orbit of the moon. When Rahu appears, he is said to swallow the sun for some time, this is the ancient explanation of a solar eclipse. Rahu is also known as the “dragon’s head”. Within the Kalachakra Tantra, practitioners use Rahu to bring the sun and the moon under control. As the sun is associated with psychic channels on the right side of the body, and the moon with psychic channels on the left side of the body, what this means is that the practitioner controls these energies and brings them into the central psychic channel instead. Thereby the solar eclipse is said to mirror a tantric yogi’s ability to bring the psychic energies of the left and right side into the central channel. Once in the central channel the yogi can engage in the higher psychic energy meditations in order to gain spiritual attainments and even enlightenment. For an everyday practitioner therefore, the main benefit of practicing during a solar eclipse is the multiplication of merit. For a tantric practitioner however, it is a time that they can make use of the energies of nature to boost their practices. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • August 18, 2017 01:27
    Todd asked: Does Rinpoche have any information on the deity Rakta Yamari, who is believed to be an emanation of Manjushri?
    Pastor Niral Patel answered: Dear Todd, Thank you for your interesting question. Rakta Yamari is indeed a wrathful emanation of Manjushri, in the form of a yidam or meditational deity belonging to the Anuttarayoga, or highest tantra, class of deities. The practice has been incorporated into all four major schools of Tibetan Buddhism: the Nyingma, Kagyu, Sakya and Gelug. Generally speaking some of the wrathful forms of Manjushri can be classified into three groupings, the Rakta (blood-red), Krishna (blue-black), and Vajrabhairava (adamantine terrifying). Since Rakta Yamari is therefore a classification of deities, it would be hard to give information here on all of them. The specific forms of Rakta Yamari differ in how the main figure appears and the number of other deities in the mandala. Of particular note, is that each of these forms and their practices has their own lineage of practice as well. Whilst there are forms of all three classifications within the four main schools of Tibetan Buddhism, certain lineages place more emphasis on a particular form than others. For example, within the Gelug lineage emphasis is placed on Vajrabhairava Yamantaka, of which there are two forms in particular that are practiced: 13-deity Yamantaka, and Solitary Hero Yamantaka. In fact Vajrabhairava Yamantaka is one of the three main Anuttarayoga Tantra deities practiced in the Gelug lineage, which we follow, alongside the Akshobhyavajra variant of Guhyasamaja and Chakrasamvara. There are two important lineages of Rakta Yamari practice: the 13-deity Rakta Yamari, and the 5-deity Rakta Yamari practice. Both of these practices can be traced back to an important lineage holder, the Indian Mahasiddha Virupa. In the case of the 5-deity Rakta Yamari lineage, he was taught the practice by a wisdom dakini. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • August 17, 2017 19:26
    Aldric Wilson DuXing asked: How can the alleged "DiSanShr" "Dorje Chang Fo" Yi Yun Gao be the actual incarnation of Buddha Dipankara Buddha?
    Pastor Niral Patel answered: Dear Aldric Wilson DuXing, Thank you for your question. Unfortunately, I do not know much about Yi Yun Gao to be able to comment on this. However, within Buddhism we do believe that the Buddhas, out of their compassion appear in human form to help sentient beings in whatever way they can. Within Tibetan Buddhism there is a long history of recognising great masters as the physical body emanations (also known as tulkus) of the Buddhas. The logic behind this is that the Buddhas are all compassionate and so help sentient beings in any and all means that they can. This would obviously include taking the physical form of a human. To say that the Buddhas cannot or do not do this, would be limiting the abilities of the enlightened beings, which goes against the scriptures. In fact, in the scriptures it states that Buddhas can emanate out in countless different forms at the same time. This includes animate beings, such as humans, animals, etc., and also inanimate objects such as bridges, or other things. These emanations, or incarnations if in human form, can be recognised by those who have the ability to perceive the enlightened beings, such as highly attained masters or other emanations themselves. That is why you see only the highest masters within the Tibetan Buddhist traditions recognise others as incarnations of the Buddhas. Other methods of confirming this can include checking with an enlightened Dharma protector, such as Dorje Shugden, when in trance of a qualified oracle. Those who really are emanations of the enlightened beings do not actually need to be recognised as such, as they will always help others no matter if they are recognised or not. However the recognition of such beings is more for us, as practitioners to gain merit by helping them achieve their goal of helping other sentient beings. But as I mentioned earlier, these beings do not self-proclaim themselves but are recognised as such by other highly attained masters who are trustworthy and really work for the cause of helping others by upholding and practicing the holy teachings of Lord Buddha. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • August 16, 2017 00:47
    Anonymous asked: Sorry about the link not working. They can be found at dharmawheel.net and then looked under Tibetan Buddhism and then under topics which are under all the other lineage topics. Since this is recent, the title "Crazy Scandal somewhat related to Gelug hitting Taiwan" should come up. But anyway, here are the sources in that case: https://ladakh2017blog.wordpress.com/2017/08/12/mary-jin-gebis/ https://maisonneuve.org/article/2013/06/18/when-monks-come-town/ https://ladakh2017blog.wordpress.com/2017/08/14/bw-dorje-shugden/ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ad355FqDQuo https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XzvPhv_eldk http://www.blisswisdom.org/statement/1854-1006 https://ladakh2017blog.wordpress.com/2017/07/24/dalai-lama-speaks-to-chinese-devotees-about-bliss-and-wisdom/
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  • August 15, 2017 01:43
    Anonymous asked: Hi, although this is not a question, I would like to bring awareness towards a particular cult in China and Taiwan that has been having scandals with their leader, Mary Jin. The cult has been defaming the Dalai Lama and has begun supporting Shugden here even though that's not really bad. However, I would like to bring attention so they may not begin corrupting the Buddhists here. Even though I used a dharmawheel website, it has links to its sources: https://dharmawheel.net/viewtopic.php?f=40
    pastor answered: Dear Anonymous, Thank you for bringing this to our attention, however the link you provided does not work. I do not know anything about this particular person or their organisation, so I really can’t say much. However, there are some people out there who use religion for their personal gain, and twist the teachings to suit their greed. These sorts of people are often embroiled in scandals and the like and often have views that go against common sense. That is why it is very important to check that a teacher is qualified, is practicing, and is teaching the Dharma as it should be according to the scriptures. All students are encouraged do to so and this in mentioned clearly in the scriptures themselves. The actions of a teacher should be in line with actions laid out in the scriptures and their views should match the logic laid out in the scriptures as well. Once we see a teacher’s qualities, and we have made sure that what they practice is real and genuine, we can devote ourselves to that person fully. We at Kechara, following the teachings of His Eminence the 25th Tsem Rinpoche, think very highly of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, as he is the emanation of the Buddha of compassion, Chenrezig. Similarly, we also believe that Dorje Shugden is the emanation of the Buddha of wisdom, Manjushri. For us, both are enlightened beings, and many practitioners all around world follow this belief as well. We are saddened to see or hear when others talk badly about either, since both are enlightened beings capable of benefiting the world tremendously. Thank you.
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