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Viewing Jeju’s canola flowersA guide to the best places to see Jeju’s canola flowers in bloom
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▲ The fields around Mt. Sanbangsan in Andeok-myeon bloom with canola in spring. Photo courtesy JTO

Mt. Sanbangsan
Sanbang-ro (Sagye-ri), Andeok-myeon, Seogwipo-si

Mt. Sanbangsan is the bell-shaped outcrop visible all across the plains of southwest Jeju Island and from the mid-mountain region. Rising to 150m above sea level, it dominates the area and boasts Sanbangsangul Cave on its south side, looking down on Yongmeori Haean, or Dragon Head Coast, a Geopark site. For canola flower lovers it is the fields around, however, that are the big draw, as they bloom shielded by Jeju’s stone walls, as Sanbangsan provides an almost mystical backdrop.

Jeju's black stone walls contrast perfectly with yellow canola. Photo courtesy JTO

Getting there and around
By car: 1135 (Pyonghwa-ro)
By bus from Jeju City Bus Terminal: 705-1, 702 (takes 1hr)
Walking courses: Olle 9 (Daepyeong Harbor- Hwasun Black Sand Beach), 064-760-2190, jejuolle.org; Jeju Geo Trail A and B courses, 064-740-6971, jejugeopark.com

Local accommodation
The following are all Geo Houses, affiliated with the local Geotrail. St Clara House, 211 Sagyenam-ro, Andeok-myeon, Seogwipo-si, 010-8884-8462 Eombeullang, 15-24 Hyeongjehaean-ro 132-beongil, Andeok-myeon, Seogwipo-si, 010-2692-2922 Hwasun Black Sand Pension, 18 Hwasunjungang-ro 124-beongil, 010-3697-8528

Recommended tour course
Sagye-ri coastal road → Sanbangsan canola fields → Sanbangsa Temple / Sanbanggulsa Cave → Lunch → Saeyeon Bridge / Saeseom Park → Lee Jungseop Art Museum, Lee Jungseop Culture Street → Seogwipo Chilsimni Food Street → Jaguri Culture Park

▲ Noksan-ro from Gasi-ri to Jungseok Aviation Pavilion is bordered by rows upon rows of canola. Photo courtesy JTO

Noksan-ro from Gasi-ri to Jungseok Aviation Pavilion
Noksan-ro, Gasi-ri, Pyoseon-myeon, Seogwipo-si

In spring this road, which connects Jungseok Aviation Pavilion in Gasi-ri to Daecheon-dong. bursts with yellow canola flowers, the most in Jeju they say, and also cherry blossoms if you are early.

Jeju's spring flowers and a stone wall. Photo courtesy JTO

By car: Beonyeong-ro (97) → Noksan-ro
By bus from Jeju City Bus Terminal: 720 (alight at Pyoseon High School and walk for 2mins) → Pyoseon-ri Bus Stop → Walk 1mins
Walking courses: Olle 4 (Pyoseon Haevichi Beach - Namwon Harbor), 064-760-2190, jejuolle.org; Saryeoni Woodland Path, 064-900-8800

Local accommodation
Comma Guesthouse, 73-9 Pyoseonjungang-ro, Pyoseon-myeon, Seogwipo-si, 010-5589-0323

Recommended tour course
Jeju Stone Park → Lunch → Noksan-ro drive → Jeju Horse Experience Park → Love Nature Gallery → Jeju Folk Village

▲ The view from Udo Island to Seongsan Ilchulbong Sunrise Peak. Photo courtesy JTO

Udo Island
Udo-myeon, Jeju-si
This island to the extreme east of Jeju is so named as its shape is said to resemble a cow lying down. Anyone who has been there can understand the cow, as Udo beckons like a giant pillow for travelers wanting to rest and recuperate on the renowned white coral beaches. It is also this time of year that the canola fields come into bloom, only adding to the stunning scenery.

By car: Beonyeong-ro (97) → Daecheon-dong Junction → Bijarim-ro → Susan2-ri Ibgu (entrance) → Ilchul-ro → Seongsan Harbor

The stone walls on Udo are as famed as the canola. Photo courtesy JTO

Getting there and around
By bus from Jeju City Bus Terminal: 710, 710-1, 701 (to Seongsan)
Boats to Udo from Seongsan Harbor: Every 20 to 30mins from 8am to 5:30pm (064-782-5671)
Walking: Olle 1.1 “Udo Olle” (starts and finishes at Udo Cheonjin Harbor), 064-760-2190, jejuolle.org

Local accommodation
Udo Pirate Guesthouse, 794-4 Udohaeangil, Jeju-si, 010-2315-5509

Recommended tour course
Seongsan Ilchulbong Sunrise Peak → Seopjikoji → Lunch → Udo (Seobin White Sand Beach, Udobong Peak, Udo Lighthouse Park, Udo Black Sand Beach), Seongsan Folk Village

▲ Udo Island is the perfect size for kids to explore safely. Photo courtesy JTO

Udo Festivals
You get two for the price of one this year on Udo as not only the 33rd Canola Flower Festival, but also the 7th Udo Conch Festival is held.

33rd Jeju Canola Flower Festival

The view out to sea from Udo Island. Photo courtesy JTO

April 17 (Sat) to 19 (Sun) on Udo Island.
This is regarded as one of the best festivals in Jeju, this year set on the beautiful and quaint Udo Island which bursts with color in spring. The views to Jeju Island are the best available anywhere. For more information call 064-760-4413.

7th Udo Conch Festival
April 17 (Sat) to 19 (Sun) on Udo Island.
Visitors to this three-day event can eat plenty of juk (rice porridge) and bingtteok (buckwheat pancakes), plus peanuts, seaweed and mugwort soap, while also making traditional crafts and witnessing conch shell musical shows. For more info, call 064-728-4322

▲ The conch festival on Udo Island includes shellfish caught by the local haenyeo. Photo courtesy Jeju City Hall

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