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Jeju Island winter activitiesWhile the bulk of the tourists come in summer, there is still plenty to keep visitors busy during the winter months
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Jeju is known as a summer destination with its beaches, coast and glorious countryside, but the winter holds many attractions, too. In fact, Jeju Special Self-Governing Province wants to make Jeju a winter wonderland by promoting winter hiking, ice skating, sledding, and even skiing. There are many options available and The Jeju Weekly has the choicest cuts for your winter pleasure.

Horse riding on snowy fields

With summer being so hot, many riders prefer winter riding when Mt. Halla and - if you’re lucky - the oreum are dusted with snow.

Jeju horse riding park: This is the biggest horse-riding park in Korea over 1 million square meters and you can ride the Hallama, Jeju’s native breed.

Beginners: 30,000 won/20 min, 50,000 won/40 min, 100,000 won/1h 10 min

Intermediate and advanced: (At least two riders must ride for a minimum of 1.5 hrs.) Four and over: 120,000 won/Less than four: 150,000 won

When: Tues.-Sun., 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Where: 152-1, Nokgome-gil, Aewol-eup, Jeju City

Contact: 064-799-9540 Web: jhrp.net

Ttarabi Riding Club: A day pass for beginners here is 100,000 won and includes two 1-hour lessons (one morning, one afternoon) and one hour’s free riding after the second lesson.

For intermediate and advanced riders, 100,000 won gives you 1 hour of grassland horse riding with a professional guide.

When: Weds.-Mon., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Where: 3149-33, Gasi-ri, Pyoseon-myeon, Seogwipo city

Contact: 064-787-0960

Web: jejuhorsepark.com

Mt. Halla winter festival and free shuttle bus

The highlight of the festivities is the Mt. Halla Winter Festival at Eorimok Square. A variety of sports and events will be held including skiing, photos and ice carving, ice slides, and Korean folk games. Foreign participants will also be given the opportunity to receive free souvenirs and Jeju guide books. Jeju Tourism Organization will also provide a free shuttle bus to the event.

Dates: Weekends between Dec. 21 - Jan. 26

Time: 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Where: Mt. Halla (Eorimok)

Mt. Halla Shuttle Bus Service Route

Tourist Information Center (Tapdong)Tourist Information Center (Yongduam)Tourist Information Center (Bus Terminal)Jeju Airport

Gate No. 5Tourist Information Center (Shin Jeju Baojian St.)Eorimok Square

For a full shuttle bus timetable, visit jejuweekly.com under Culture>Festivals

Mt. Halla New Year’s hiking

Mt. Halla is not normally open at night. However, for a few hours around midnight on New Year’s Eve, hikers are allowed to scale the dormant volcano to see in the new year. There will also be some winter events hosted by Jeju Tourism Organization. It is truly a unique experience.

Where: Seongpanak and Gwaneumsa trail.

When: Starts at midnight New Year’s Eve/Day, Dec. 31/Jan. 1

Contact: 064-725-9950/064- 756 9950


15th Seogwipo Winter Sea Penguin Swimming Festival

The penguin swim at Jungmun has become something of an annual tradition and people will gather at Jungmun Saekdal Beach - no registration needed - and dive into the wintry waters. There will be various programs planned such as balloon flying and a ssireum (Korean wrestling) competition.

When: Sat., Jan. 4, 9:30-12:30

Where: Jungmun Saekdal Beach, Andeok-myeon

Contact: 064-760-3320

21st Seongsan Ilchul Festival

The iconic place to see in the first sunrise of the new year is Seongsan Ilchulbong. From Dec. 30 to Jan. 1, the Seongsan Ilchul Festival will include fireworks, performances, festival foods and drinks to warm your cockles. On Jan. 1, crowds will ascend the castle-like peak..

Dates: Weekends between Dec. 21 - Jan. 26

When: Mon., Dec. 30 - Wed., Jan. 1

Where: Seongsan Ilchulbong, Seongsan-ri, Seongsan-eup

Contact: 064-760-4281

Sledding on horse pastures

On the 516 between Jeju and Seogwipo, every year the fields of horse pasture on Mt. Halla open to the public when the snows are deep enough to facilitate sledding.

Where: San 14-17, Yonggang-dong, Jeju

When: Sledding is only safe after heavy snow and in daylight hours

Sled rental: 3,000 won per hour

Mandarin picking at Jeju Agriculture Ecology Park

Gamgyul “experiences” are all over the island, but the best - as per the mandarins - are down south. At Jeju Agriculture Ecology Park you can eat as much as you can and take home around 1 k.g. for only 3,000 won.

When: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. (closed 12-1 p.m. for lunch) (Available until the harvest end in January)

Where: Jungsangandongno 7413, Namwon-eup, Seogwipo City

Tickets: 3,000 won

Contact: 064-760-7811

Note: Large groups must make a reservation.

▲ Photo by Douglas MacDonald

Outdoor saunas

Outdoor bathing in winter? Yes. In fact, it is the best time of the year for it. The hot herbal, sea or just plain mineral waters relieve your body and mind.

Haemian Seawater Sauna

Where: 338-1 Oedo 2-dong, Jeju City, 064-713-2715

When: 6 a.m. - 9 p.m.

Tickets: Adults, 7,000won; Children, 3,000 won

Sanbangsan Hot Spring

Where: 981, Sagye-ri, Andeok-myeon, Seogwipo City, 064-792-8300

When: Indoor hot spring: 5 a.m. - 12 a.m./Outdoor hot spring: 11 a.m. ~ 11 p.m.

Tickets: Adults, 11,000 won; teenagers, 8,000won; primary students, 5,000 won; pre-primary, 3,000 won. (Open-air bath: 3,000 won extra.)

Camelia viewing

Camellia Hill

Camelia Hill includes the camellia arboretum, theme garden and trail, ecological pond, gallery and accommodation.

Where: 271, Sangchang-ri, Andeok-myeon, Seogwipo City

When: 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m. during winter. (Open until 7 p.m. in summer.)

Tickets: Adults, 7,000 won; teenagers, 5,000 won; primary, 4,000 won

Contact: 064-792-0088

Dongbaekdongsan

This is also referred to as ‘Camellia Hill’ but its actual title is Dongbaekdongsan, in Jocheon-eup. It was selected as an ecotourism destination this year and designated as a Ramsar wetlands site last May.

Where: San 12 Seonheul-ri, Jocheon-eup, Jeju City

When: Daylight hours

Free admission

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