It has been a long time since the last time I posted here, sorry but it has been a hectic and stressful life here (what an excuse 🙄 hahaha). Anyway, this post is an honest and informative review of the free tour to Jeju Island I participated in, which was sponsored by Jeju Tourism Office. The tour was a 3-days-2-nights tour specially designed for Muslims where all the food is halal or Muslim friendly and they also provide us praying room in some places, that’s why I registered myself for it!
When they opened the recruitment, I actually was so excited since I have been living in Korea for almost 2.5 years but I have never been once stepped my feet on Jeju Island due to the difficulty of getting Muslim friendly food. Hence I wrote a lot in the application form and even prayed to get the free Muslim tour to Jeju. It was such a miracle when I got the phone call saying that I got selected, even tho I was the third waiting list out of 4! Indeed, Allah never turns down our prayers 😍
So, that is the background story of how I get the free Jeju Muslim tour. Now let’s go to the main point of this post: the journey!
I went to Jeju together with 2 managers (Korean) and 7 other Muslim foreigners from various countries. We took Jin Air to go there at around 9 in the morning, but since it was heavily snowing in Seoul, our flight were delayed a bit and we arrived in Jeju at around 11 am.
Because it was near lunch time, our first goal is to satisfy our appetite with Halal food in Jeju. From the airport, we took the Jeju City Tour Bus (it was a double-decker!) from right in front of the airport to go to the restaurant. The price of one-day pass ticket was only 12,000 won for adult and it will bring you all day throughout Jeju Island. The bus goes around Jeju and you can get off on every stop you want, and you can take the bus again at the same place where you get off. It works the same just like the city tour bus in Seoul. If you only want to ride it once, you can buy the one-time ticket for 3,000 won.
Jeju City Tour Bus is a very comfortable and inexpensive way to go around Jeju because the public transportation in Jeju is not as developed as Seoul or Busan, so it is very recommended to take this bus or rent a private tour driver. You can find all of the information here. You can also download the guide book here.
These are the list of places we visited in Jeju, in chronological order! You can click the title to see the official website or their google review.
The star rating I put there is based on my own preference. I personally love experiencing activity, spicy and savory food, and beautiful scenery. So if you are also like me, you might refer to my rating!
DAY 1 SCHEDULE:
From the name, we can already imagine the tastiness of Indian food: the tandoori chicken, the curry, the naan; all of those flavorful and appetizing meals you can get from Indian food are available in this halal restaurant.
We ordered Chicken Makhni (마크니 치킨, 13,000 won), Rajwari Gosht (라즈와리고스트, 13,500 won), and Palak Panir (팔락 파니르, 13,500 won) for the curries, Chicken Tandoori (19,000 won), Naan (2,000 won), and some rice (free, I think).
Chicken Makhni has a strong flavor of tomato and is a little bit spicy, no sweet taste as long as I remember. This curry is recommended for those who love spicy food. While Rajwari Gosht is a lamb curry, so the smell of lamb is pretty strong, and the curry flavor is similar to Rendang in Indonesia. It was a bit sweet and spicy. I am actually not a fan of lamb smell so I prefer the Makhni over this one, but some of my friends love this more than the Chicken Makhni. So it really depends on your tongue! and the last curry is Palak Panir, it is a vegetable curry with cheese cottage and spinach curry. It tasted least strong from the other curries, kinda bland so I guess this one is perfect for those who cannot eat spicy food.
Next, Chicken Tandoori! Chicken Tandoori is a yogurt marinated chicken roasted in a clay oven and this is basically one of the must-order dishes in an Indian restaurant. The marination went even to the bones so this chicken is very flavourful and savory from the outside to the inside. This one is spicy so I might not recommend it if you are not fond of spicy food. But if you are spicy food lovers, you can finish the whole plate alone cos it is so delicious 🤤
The Naan was tasty also, the right texture and savory! We got a big portion with cheap price (2000 won for plain naan). I really recommend eating the curry with naan because they suit each other well. For the rice, you might eat it with the Chicken Tandoori!
This restaurant is one of the best Indian restaurants I have ever tried! And what is more important is that this restaurant is Halal! What can we ask for more 🤤
Here are some pictures I took in the restaurant:
Here is the menu book for this restaurant:
📍 Address: 38 Seogwang-ro 32-gil, Ido 2(i)-dong, Cheju, Jeju-do
🕚 Open hours: 11:00 – 23:00 everyday
📞 Inquiry: +82-64-757-8182
In this beach, you can find two lighthouses with a very cute horse shape, one of them is red colored, and the other is a white colored horse. The manager told us that Jeju horse is very popular so that is why lots of horse statues or horse-shaped stuff can be found on the island.
When we went there, the freezing wind was hitting us like crazy! I know right, going to the beach in winter is not a really good idea hahaha. But since the horse-shaped lighthouses are an iconic landmark of Jeju, so we cannot miss it, right? 😁 We took some pictures there also, it was kinda cloudy so the sky was not that pretty. But I got two majestic horses so let them be the spotlight.
But in my opinion, you might be able to find more beautiful beaches in Jeju if you love natural scene. This place is more to a leisure place where you can enjoy the wind and the waves, and take some pictures with the iconic horse-shaped lighthouses.
I will really recommend you to go in Summer (or at least not winter) if you want to visit beaches in Jeju Island. Don’t forget to put lots of sunblocks even though you can find shade below beach umbrellas that will be set up every summer.
IhoTewoo Beach (이호테우 해변)
📍 Address: Dori-ro, Jeju-si, Jeju-do
🕚 Open hours: 10:00-19:00 (Evening swimming hours 19:00~21:00)
📞 Inquiry: +82-64-740-6000
This activity can be done for free, but you need to call first for a reservation. You can visit the official website of Hangpaduri Hangmong here or directly call them to ask about the free tangerines-picking activity.
From outside, the farm does not look big, but when you walk around, you will feel that you find no ends. I almost felt that I was in a maze with lots of tangerines in every direction. It was my first time experiencing a fruits-picking activity, and I think I fell in love with it. I saw lots of tangerines and the color combination of green and orange was very soothing and natural. And picking the fruits directly from the trees reminds me of the greatness of Our Lord 😍
Before you enter, the staff will give you a vinyl bag with gloves and special scissors for picking fruits in the plastic bag. Then the staff will explain how to cut the tangerines from the branches. During the picking experience, you can also eat as much as you want! My friend said he ate a bag full of tangerines on the spot, and also take away 1 bag home hahaha.
After the picking experience, you need to return the gloves and the scissors, and then you can enjoy the delicious and popular Jeju tangerines 😍 Oh! Before you leave this place, don’t forget to take a picture beside the hallabong statue with the tangerines you take, that’s the symbol of Jeju, so don’t miss it. Overall this place is perfect for tangerines picking experience.
I formerly dislike citrus fruits because they all taste sour. But after trying Jeju tangerines, I barely could taste the sourness. I brought back this fruit to Seoul (yes, you can take it on a domestic flight) and my friends also said that they are sweet and not sour at all! Definitely, a must try when you visit Jeju Island 👍
📍 Address: 50 Hangpaduri-ro, Aewol-eup, Cheju, Jeju-do
📞 Inquiry: +82-64-710-6721
Actually, this destination should have been on the third day instead of the first day. According to the schedule, we were supposed to do Kayak but since the weather was not good (super cold and windy) the managers decided to skip the kayak and change to this place, Saebyeol Oreum, instead.
Saebyeol Oreum is a parasitic volcano that was formed by the accumulation of volcanic ash due to volcanic eruptions. You can find many of this kind of volcanic cone (oreum 오름) throughout Jeju Island since Jeju is a volcanic island.
This mountain is very pretty both in summer and winter. If you want to see the white lalang grass (I guess it is the flower?), you might want to come in a colder season such as late autumn or winter. You can see the whole mountain turned from green to off-white color. But if you want to experience the green mountain, like those hills in Teletubbies, you can come here in summer. I bet it will also look pretty!
And… I’ll really recommend those who are planning to visit this place to wear comfortable shoes, cos the track is kinda steep! I’m not sure, but for me, it feels like it was 30-40°, cos I even need to crawl a bit 😱 Well, I guess it was just me cos my other friends just ran to go to the top hahaha. But anyway, after all those hardships, you are gonna see the beautiful nature of Jeju from above ❤
If you come here in colder season, please wear warm clothes cause the wind is so cold and strong, especially on the peak!
📍 Address: Bongseong-ri, Aewol-eup, Jeju-si, Jeju-do
📞 Inquiry: +82-64-740-6000
We did not expect to visit a G-Dragon Cafe in Jeju because it was not listed on the schedule. So when we arrive here, I was so fascinated by its beauty. This cafe is so cool and spacious! GD put a great effort into making this cafe as a representative of himself. The flower design hanging on the ceiling cost a fortune around 100,000,000 won! All of the menu sold here are what GD likes, and the design of the cafe itself has certain meanings related to the personality of GD. You can also see many pictures of GD, mugs and some products with GD pictures on it, etc.
I ordered a cup of hot chocolate and it came with big cotton candy. It was pretty cos they put some rose petals on the cotton candy, and the cup was also cute. But the price was amazing hahaha. A cup of hot chocolate is 16,000 won, almost 3 times the price of regular coffee.
But I think that one is the most expensive drink already. The other beverages, such as coffee latte, they only cost you around 6,000-8,000 won. It is indeed more expensive than St**bucks, but it’s worth the price since you also pay for the comfortability and the huge space.
Untitled 2017, GD Cafe
📍 Address: Jeju-do, Seogwipo-si, Andeok-myeon, Sinhwayeoksa-ro, 304번길 98 2017 YG리퍼블릭 Untitled
🕚 Open hours: 08:00 – 22:00
📞 Inquiry: +82-64-900-5564
Tammora Dining Restaurant is one of the restaurants you can find in Ramada Plaza Jeju. This place offers fancy dining Korean traditional dishes such as ttukbaeki (hot pot) and the popular abalone porridge. They also offer halal food, so if you are coming from abroad and want to taste the real Korean food, I guess it is a nice place to enjoy some fancy traditional Korean seafood dishes.
We ordered Simmered Seafood and Abalone with Soybean Paste Soup in a Hot Pot (해물 전복 뚝배기) The price is pretty high, for a portion you need to spend around 30,000 won. But you actually pay what you get, cos inside of the soup, you get all type of seafood (crab, rock shrimp, abalone, etc). And we know that they are all expensive 😂
For me personally, I am not a fan of soybean paste soup, so this one is not really my favorite. I just love the variety of seafood they put into the soup and how tasty the meat of the seafood was. I wish I had more of the rock shrimp, abalone and the crab 🤤
If you don’t like soybean paste soup, I recommend you to order the other instead because the soybean taste is pretty strong. You can access the menu here or call directly to the restaurant to ask for the recommended halal menu.
Tammora, Jeju Dining Restaurant in Ramada Plaza Jeju Hotel
📍 Address: 66 Tapdong-ro, Jeju-si, Jeju Island
🕚 Open hours:
📞 Inquiry: +82-64-729-8380
Our first staying place in Jeju is Ramada Plaza Jeju Hotel! The tour specifically chose hotels that have concerns towards their Muslim clients. As for this hotel, they kindly welcome the Muslims with a set of praying kit, such as praying mat, tasbeeh, and an Al Qur’an, one for every room. But unfortunately, they did not provide women’s praying clothes so you need to bring your own or wear your hijab (the praying clothes is actually a southeast Asian culture, so that’s why they do not provide it).
I did not check the room with Hallasan Mountain view, but the beach view is super amazing. It is very beautiful during the night, you can even hear the sound of the waves from your room. The design of the room is also luxurious, with the choices of red, brown and off-white color-coded interior.
The breakfast buffet was also delicious, Muslims have many choices to eat. So don’t worry if you come here. Even though the buffet is not totally halal (they have some bacon or pork dishes, and the beef or chicken is not halal-slaughtered), but you can still find lots of seafood choices here. But please make sure to ask first whether they contain any meat or its derivatives or not.
One thing I don’t like is that you need to buy the toothbrush and toothpaste separately. The prices are not expensive but it is just uncommon for a five stars hotel not to provide that.
The price for our room (Twin Room with Ocean View) was around 165,000 won. The price depends on the season so it is better to check the hotel website directly.
Ramada Plaza Jeju Hotel
📍 Address: 1255 Samdo 2(i)-dong, Cheju, Jeju-do
📞 Inquiry: +82-64-729-8100