Beyond Seoul, Jeju is definitely the most popular destination in Korea for the average tourist. No tour itinerary is complete without a few days in Korea’s “honeymoon island” and it is often said that there are more tourists than locals in Jeju.
So why don’t I recommend Jeju? Here are a few reasons:
1) It is needlessly EXPENSIVE
Accommodation and food prices in Jeju are jacked up by the hordes of tourists. A simple meal at a homely restaurant cost me 8,000 won when it could have been 4,500 won in Busan. Also, do factor in the flight cost. In comparison, many of Korea’s southern towns, such as Tongyeong, Yeosu and Gyeongju, are just as pretty as Jeju and only half the price.