5 Things to Do When You’re in Jeju Island

Always thought of visiting this romantic destination? Here’s what FEMALE’s Special Projects Writer, Joanna, did on a recent trip to this South Korean tropical island.


Whether you’re an adventurous soul longing to explore the province’s lush hiking trails and volcanic landscapes or simply a hopeless romantic daydreaming about spending your honeymoon at the seaside and embarking on a cruise to catch the sunset over the ocean, Jeju Island is no stranger to vacationers. After all, it’s got a copious amount of natural treasures and picturesque sights that looks even prettier in person!



And thanks to all-natural beauty brand innisfree, I had the chance to visit this beautiful island for the second time for the global launch of its Jeju Lava Seawater skincare range, whose main ingredient is exclusively extracted from (you guessed it) Jeju! This time around, the island was a windy wonderland with sufficient sunlight that didn’t entail any perspiration – perfect for these must-do activities:


1. Climb Songaksan Mountain


Hiking up and down its 104-metre peak was a breeze (literally)! Besides getting a quick LIIS workout done, you’ll be rewarded with many stunning views – hence it’s apt nickname, little Jeju – fringed by pine trees and blooming hydrangea. Photo-ops aplenty!


2. Catch the sunset at Hyeopjae Beach


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Everyone knows I’m an island girl at heart, so of course this sandy stretch of seashore hit the sweet spot! We even got creative and made DIY sandals to stroll on the beach – just in time for a stunning sunset.



3. Shop at innisfree Jeju House


If you’re a beauty junkie, this one is not to be missed. Besides offering its signature products and limited edition items only available at this flagship store, there’s also an organic café serving fresh coffee and confectionery as well as a DIY soap station. Shopping bonus: you’ll also be eligible for a tax refund!


4. Food-hunting


Malaysia isn’t the only one with hipster cafés mushrooming every month. On the island, we spotted many attractive eateries with menu items that tasted as fine as their enticing facades.


5. Check out Manjanggul Cave


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This natural monument has a UNESCO World Heritage status hence it’s a must-visit! Though it may be a regular 20°C outside, once you step inside this tunnel, measuring 13,422-metres long (with 1km open to the public), the temperature drops to 12°C, which is its default temperature, thanks to the well-preserved natural lava conditions, complete with untouched stalactites and stone pillars.


And of course, this #journeywithinnisfree wouldn’t be complete without trying out the latest Jeju Lava Seawater range that promises younger, glowing skin. I’m halfway through them and done with one, so here’s a mini review:

When combined with the ampoule, this toner preps my skin with that extra dose of moisture.

Jeju Lava Seawater Skin + Ampoule, RM105

My fave product of the lot – its formula is so lightweight and refreshing! Insta-supple skin, guaranteed.

Jeju Lava Seawater Essence, RM125

I enjoy using this product because of its cooling applicator, which keeps my night-owl eye bags at bay.

Jeju Lava Seawater Eye Serum, RM125

Because I’ve combination skin, I use just a dollop of this highly-nourishing cream that has ceramide capsule bits in it to activate my skin’s moisture barrier.

Jeju Lava Seawater Cream, RM125

Post-hike, a spritz of this hydrating face mist was just the pick-me-up I needed to restore my skin’s moisture balance.

Jeju Lava Seawater Mist, RM80