• ONBAO 2023-09-25
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Saryeoni Forest Trail (Credit: Jeju-si)
Often called “the Hawaii of Korea,” an image of sandy beaches and cerulean blue waters is naturally the first thing that comes to mind when picturing Jeju. While the island does have these beautiful locations, the inland region remains a mystery to many tourists. Hidden within the island are trails through quiet forests and fields of cheerful flowers, as well as unique architectural buildings that can only be found on Jeju Island. If you’ve gotten your fill of the ocean, direct your gaze inward to enjoy a slow-paced vacation at the attractions hiding in the heart of Jeju Island.
Walk along Jeju’s forest trails and flower paths
Kim Kyung Sook Sunflower Farm – Café Seba – Saryeoni Forest Trail & Shrimp Store (food truck)
Sunshine made solid, Kim Kyung Sook Sunflower Farm
Summer is the season of sunflowers in Jeju! At Kim Kyung Sook Sunflower Farm, you can walk through a sea of sunflowers. The farm has over 750,000 sunflowers growing in a 33㎡ field, and is the perfect spot for that amazing photo you didn’t know you were missing. Take your pick of flower size, from sunflowers just beginning on their journey to fully grown sunflowers towering over men as if to replace the sun itself. Admission is just 3,000 won and the ticket can be exchanged inside the park for a light snack, like sunflower seed ice cream or hallabong juice.
A moment of peace at Café Seba
A fifteen-minute drive from the sunflower farm and even farther from the ocean, Café Seba still manages to create a peaceful and calm resting spot with wide windows looking out into the green forest. Take a seat at one of the few tables in the café, bask in the sunlight streaming through the window, and enjoy a moment of uninterrupted relaxation. The two must-try items at Café Seba are the coffees made via moka pot and the hand-made hallabong juice. A bite of freshly made Jeju barley bread dipped in honey completes the moment, to take you away from the worries of the world.
Soothe your soul in a lush forest, Saryeoni Forest Trail
There are many walking trails and courses all throughout Jeju Island, but none quite like Saryeoni Forest Trail. The trees emit plenty of phytoncides, an active substance used in Oriental medicine and what gives forests their distinct scent. With very little to no incline, the trail is suitable for all visitors to enjoy a leisure stroll through a healing forest. Saryeoni Forest Trail stretches roughly 10 km from the northern entrance to Bulgeun Oreum Volcanic Cone. If you aren’t planning on walking the entire course, we recommend visiting the Bulgeun Oreum Volcanic Cone entrance; the visual juxtaposition of red earth and a deep green forest is stunning. This entrance also has a parking lot and a bus stop, making it convenient to visit.
Walking along Saryeoni Forest Trail, it’s only natural that you might begin to feel a bit hungry. Food truck Shrimp Store located near the Bulgeun Oreum entrance is here to help all tourists looking for a little something to fill their bellies. The plump and juicy cobra shrimp fried in a coconut batter is mouthwatering. Each order box is filled to the brim, with cheese sticks and shrimp fries filling in the open spaces. Instead of a carbonated beverage filled with unnecessary sugar, opt for healthy carrot juice, made from Jeju-grown carrots. Carry your box of shrimp and drink to a bench along the trail and enjoy making memories of a special forest picnic!
Kim Kyung Sook Sunflower Farm
☞ Address: 854-1, Beonyeong-ro, Jeju-si, Jeju-do
☞ Operating hours: 09:00-19:00 / Open all year round (Subject to change)
☞ Admission: 3,000 won

Café Seba
☞ Address: 20-7, Seonheuldong 2-gil, Jocheon-eup, Jeju-si, Jeju-do
☞ Operating hours: 10:00-17:00 / Closed Sundays & Wednesdays
☞ Signature menus: Moka pot latte ∙ cappuccino 6,000 won / Hallabong ice tea 6,000 won / Barley bread 5,000 won

Saryeoni Forest Trail
☞ Address: 1487-73, Namjo-ro, Pyoseon-myeon, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do (Bulgeun Oreum Volcanic Cone entrance)
☞ Operating hours: Always open (For safety, entrance after sunset is not recommended)

Shrimp Store (food truck)
☞ Address: 1487-73, Namjo-ro, Pyoseon-myeon, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do (Bulgeun Oreum Volcanic Cone entrance)
☞ Operating hours: 11:00-18:00 (Subject to change)
☞ Signature menus: Fried coconut cobra shrimp 9,900 won / Hand-made shrimp burger 4,900 won
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