Locals call Jeju Island ” Hawai’i”, because of its subtropical climate, stunning features such as a dormant, hovering volcano called Hallasan and waterfalls that fall into the sea. It’s a destination you shouldn’t compare.
Jeju is a little-known destination for foreigners, despite being on one of the world’s most popular flight routes as well as a popular honeymoon location (my parents and many newlyweds in Korea fly over to Jeju for a getaway after their nuptials), and being a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In 2022, Jeju recorded a record number of visitors. However, more than 99% were local.
The island’s incredible culinary terrain is also less explored. The food in the region is diverse and has been linked for a long time to the rich natural environment of the area. However, the majority of coverage on the subject has focused on tourist traps. But a mix of new and older, well-deserving-of-the-spotlight eateries are widening public perception by reimagining staples in fresh ways and highlighting lesser-known traditions and ingredients. Three establishments are making Jeju Island a popular destination for travelers from Korea and abroad.