There are few better ways to warm up than screaming at the local horses as they battle it out at the Jeju ‘Let’s Run’ Horse Racing Park.
There are only two other horse racing tracks in Korea (one in Seoul and the other in Busan) so it is also a privilege that Islanders enjoy.
You can decide to sit in the stands or rub shoulders with the punters inside. Although your view of the race might not be the best, it is the best way to soak up the atmosphere with the locals.
Horse Racing Park: Wed to Sun, 9am to 6pm Horse Racing: Friday 1:20pm to 4:50pm, Saturday 12:20pm to 4:50pm Buses: Jeju Intercity Bus Terminal: #782-1 -> To Let’s Run Park [32mins] -> Walk to Let’s Run Horse Racing Park [3mins]
Seogwipo Intercity Bus Terminal: #781, 781-1 -> To Let’s Run Park [43 minutes] -> Walk to Let’s Run Horse Racing Park [3mins]
This is the largest space and flight museum in Asia. It aims to both educate and entertain with its exhibitions and activities relating to aerospace technology and space science. This state-of-the-art museum includes the history of the Korean Air Force, astronomy from ancient times to the present day, the story of the universe as well as cutting-edge activities for all.
Although the center is great fun for children, the exhibits and activities are suitable for all ages.
Winter hours: 9am to 6pm
*Closed: First and third Mondays every month. Tickets: Basic adults 15,500 won / children 11,000 won
Adult “Big 3” 23,000 won / children “Big 3” 17,000 won (includes entry to the “Big 3” exhibition rooms) Buses: Jeju Intercity Bus Terminal: #755 → To O’Sulloc Green Tea Museum [42 minutes] → Walk to Jeju Aerospace Museum [23 minutes]
Seogwipo Intercity Bus Terminal: #961 → To Donggwang 6-geori [33 minutes] #755 → To O’Sulloc Green Tea Museum [4 minutes] -> Walk to Jeju Aerospace Museum [23 minutes]
Loveland, which is lit up beautifully after sunset, is an unconventional park offering tourists and Koreans a more unusual reason to visit the island, our 2009 review of the attraction states. And prudish visitors needn’t be put off, as:
“Although sex education is stressed as a reason for the creation of the park, Loveland’s statues and installations are bold and exude humor.”
The attraction was born after Hongik University graduates began making sculptures and by 2004 it was open and showcasing 140 works of sexually inspired art.
Hours: 9am to 12am (last admission 11pm) Tickets: Adults 9,000 won Buses: Jeju Intercity Bus Terminal: #46 (toward Jeju Museum of Art) → Jeju Museum of Art [40 mins] → Walk to Jeju Loveland [3 mins]
Ripley’s Believe It Or Not! Museum
▲ Photo courtesy
Ripley's Believe It Or Not Museum
When the Jeju museum opened in 2011 it was the 32nd “odditorium” in 11 countries and our review states it “elicits childhood memories,” “speaks to all ages” and “delivers several hours of plain fun.”
Explorer Robert L, Ripley collected oddities on his 18 trips around the world and after his death in 1941 he opened a foundation, and then a museum. The Jeju museum contains 700 of these curiosities and plenty more.
Winter hours: 9am to 7pm (last admission 6pm) Tickets: Adults 10,000 won / youths 9,000 won / children 8,000 won Buses: Jeju Intercity Bus Terminal: #782 → To Jungmun Tourist Complex Entrance [50mins] → Walk to Ripley's Believe It or Not! Museum [3mins]
Nexon Computer Museum
▲ Photo courtesy Nexon
064-745-1994 / www.nexoncomputermuseum.org
Nexon Computer Museum opened in 2013 and its displays outline the history of computers as well as providing plenty of opportunities to play vintage games for enthusiasts.
The museum showcases approximately 1,800 items including a first-generation Apple computer and collectible classic arcade games. It also has a cafe with a popular keyboard-shaped waffle.
Winter hours: 10am to 6pm (Closed: Every Monday, Seollal (Korean New Year) Day and Chuseok (Korean Thanksgiving) Day Tickets: Adults 8,000 won / children 6,000 won
*Half price for Jeju residents /veterans / the disabled Buses: Jeju Intercity Bus Terminal: #46 (toward Jeju Museum of Art) → Jeju Museum of Art [40 mins] → Walk to Jeju Loveland [3 mins]
Jeju Jungang Underground Shopping Mall
▲ Photo courtesy Jeju province
60 Jiha Jungang-ro, Jeju-si
This is the most popular place for some weekend browsing for Jeju City youths with a variety of clothing, accessories, cosmetics, and shoes available. Special events such as DJs and performances are also held now and then.
Being underground it is perfect for sheltering from the weather and facilities include a small library, strollers, lockers, and restaurants and coffee shops.
Hours: 10am to 10pm
Entry is free. Buses: Jeju Intercity Bus Terminal: #100 (going east) → Jungang-ro Sageori (junction) [17 mins]
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