A Food-Centric Two Week South Korea Itinerary with Jeju Island

South Korea was one of our favorite destinations in recent memory. From history to culture, food, and everything in between, South Korea delivered day after day.

As there are numerous options out there when visiting, we decided to publish our South Korea itinerary (with Jeju Island included) to help give you an idea of what you can do when visiting!

Unlike other itinerary style posts, we are not going to break this down on what you should see in any given day, but rather take a broader look as to why you should visit each destination, some of the highlights you need to see, and a discussion on how much time is required when visiting. As we found out, figuring out how many days we needed was the hardest part.

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Driving Tips for Your Jeju Car Rental in South Korea

Out of all of the places I've driven around the world, I can safely say that driving on Jeju island is among the easiest. 

The roads are well maintained, the traffic outside of the cities is minimal, the speed limits are appropriate albeit a bit slow at times, and with built-in GPS in most cars navigation is a breeze (although you'd be wise to confirm that last bit prior to renting as even Kakao Maps was fairly slow for us via our phones).

Based on this, I would highly recommend all visitors to get a car, and there really are only a few special considerations to keep in mind when visiting.

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The Top 10 Things to Do in Jeju, South Korea

Jeju Island is often called the Hawaii of South Korea and is one of the most popular vacation spots for both visitors and locals alike.

In fact, Jeju is so popular that the flight between Seoul and the island is considered to be the busiest flight in the world with over 80,000 annual flights (that's 200+ per day) servicing over 20,000,000 annual visitors. This is a pretty insane figure, but it only really hits home when you see the departures board in the airport- almost every one of them is to Jeju!

Naturally, we had to go and hit it pretty hard during our five-day visit. While there are a lot of spots we checked out, we settled on the following as the ten best things to do in Jeju!

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Hiking Tips for the Yeongsil Trail on Mount Hallasan on Jeju Island

One of the top things to do in Jeju is most certainly hiking in Mount Hallasan National Park. 

This mountain is actually a shield volcano and is the tallest mountain in South Korea (at just under 7,000 feet), and the national park covers just about 8% of the island itself- truly making for a great space to get out and enjoy nature!

One of the most popular hikes on Mount Hallason is summiting the peak itself. But after having read about its intensity and how it often takes 8-10 hours, we decided to hit the Yeongsil Trail instead which was a much more approachable 4-5 hour hike. Coupled with peak fall colors, we made our way out to the park to enjoy Jeju's beauty.

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