Jeju Island is home to so many awe-inspiring works of art. From sculptures to natural sceneries, contemporary art, and historic monuments, the island is overflowing with all kinds of creativity everywhere you look. Many artists and enthusiasts come to the island to get inspiration from their works and share their work through exhibits and galleries.
Want to know where to find these amazing art inspirations? Here’s a list of Korea’s must-see art spaces on Jeju Island:
Jeju Museum of Contemporary Art
Another creative space to visit in Jeju is the Museum of Contemporary Art. It’s located in the Artists Village where you can take in all sorts of impressive art techniques. They have a crowd-pleasing collection of Korean art, traditional and modern sculptures, photography, and paintings that will make you appreciate Jeju art. Meanwhile, they have outdoor sculptures that kids can enjoy, some lovely temporary and permanent exhibits to see, an art shop, and a cafe for a day well spent in the museum.
Location: 35 Jeoji 14-gil, Jeju-si, Jeju-do, South Korea
Jeju Stone Park
If you’re into sculptures and pottery, you might want to check out Jeju Stone Park for your dose of inspiration. This vast park showcases the stone culture of the island, where the famous Dol Hareubang is found. These stone statues are carved using volcanic rocks, shaped to form like fortress guardians with bulging eyes and closed mouths. Hareubang is an iconic Jeju symbol, which is believed to protect the locals from misfortunes. Aside from these stone statues, there are more rock formations and statues to explore in this unique outdoor park.
Location: 2023 Namjo-ro, Jochon-eup, Cheju, Jeju-do, South Korea
Operating Hours: 9 am to 6 pm (Tuesday to Sunday); Closed on Mondays
This waterfall is one of the most popular falls in Korea, where the water cascades directly into the ocean. The waterfall is 23 meters high and is surrounded by towering cliffs and foliage of pine trees. It’s a captivating vista that has been named one of the most scenic sights you’ll ever lay your eyes on this island. Though swimming isn’t allowed, you may easily trek to the falls if you want to see it up close, take photos, and admire this natural wonder.
Location: 37 Chilsimni-ro214beon-gil, Seogwipo, Jeju-do, South Korea
If museums aren’t your thing, then head over to Hallim Park and let nature be your source of inspiration. It’s a huge botanical garden filled with different kinds of flowers, and also houses nine different theme parks, including a small zoo, caves, an amusement park, and a folk village. It’s abundant with outdoor adventures that many people of all ages love. Whether your interest is in illustration, sculpture, photography, or even landscaping, you’ll be delighted to get creative ideas as you take on a leisurely stroll. With so many sights to see, you’ll never run out of inspiration when you explore Hallim Park!
Location: 300 Hallim-ro, Hallim-eub, Cheju, Jeju-do, South Korea
Jeju Folklore and Natural History Museum
Revisit Jeju Island’s significant past as you wander through the Jeju Folklore and Natural History Museum. Immerse yourself in a learning-filled tour of the museum that houses ancient artifacts from volcanic history to marine life, architecture, food, traditional tools, clothes, accommodation, and livelihood! There’s so much to discover in this interactive museum that showcases the rich history of Jeju.
Location: 968-2 Ildo 2(i)-dong, Jeju-si, Jeju-do, South Korea
Jeju Haenyeo Museum
Did you know that there’s a museum dedicated to the sea women aka haenyeo of Jeju? The Jeju Haenyeo Museum was built in honor of the professional women divers of Jeju Island who go free diving to collect seafood. A tour of the museum takes you through an informative and interactive exhibit of Jeju Island’s Haenyeo and fishing culture. It tells visitors how empowering these women divers are, as showcased via an introductory short film about them. Learn about the importance of haenyeo in Jeju Island when you visit!
Location: Hado-ri, Gujwa-eup, Cheju, Jeju-do, South Korea
Jeju Museum of Art
Although small in size compared to other museums, the Jeju Museum of Art can be regarded as a microcosm of the island as it reflects the local culture, identity, and tradition of Jeju Island. It features many works by renowned Korean artists, as well as various events and programs relating to art. There’s a specific area where you can see Chang Ree-seok’s donated artwork on display. Outside, they have a sculpture park for visitors to see too.
Location: 2894-78, 1100-ro, Jeju-si, Jeju-do, South Korea
Jeju Museum of Sex and Health
This one-of-a-kind theme park in Jeju is a popular destination made for adults. Featuring a sculpture park about all things love and eroticism, you’ll see lots of sex-themed art here. Get to see over a hundred sensual sculptures made by Hongik University students in this outdoor park that’s romantic and quirky at the same time! Note though, that it’ll reopen on March 1. It’s also strictly for adults only!
Location: 2894-72, Cheonbaengi-ro, Jeju-si, Jeju-do
Operating Hours: 9 am to 10 pm daily
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