Thanks to the island's unique volcanic topography and its striking nature, Jeju is featured in numerous TV shows, movies, commercials, and other media. Sceneries like clear waves breaking against rocky beaches, white windmills, stone-fenced hotels with thatched roofs and traditional gardens, folk villages that recreate the culture of the island, and stone mazes that make use of the island's stones... Jeju is like a treasure trove of sceneries that one cannot find elsewhere on the continent.

    Some filming location sets remain from popular TV shows, so one way to enjoy the charms of Jeju is to follow your favourite shows or movies that were filmed on the island. For today, you are the star of your favourite movie on Jeju.

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    Sinchang Windmill Coastal Road

    Coastal road where windmills and clear water meet

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    Located at the western end of Jeju Island, Sinchang Windmill Coastal Road is a road flanked by the impressive view of the wind farms on the coast. The view of the white windmills and the blue sea beyond is simply unique. Indeed, the place has served as the filming location of popular TV shows like Secret Garden as well as countless commercials.

    There's something special about the coastal road on Jeju, regardless of the season or the weather. If one has to choose, however, Sinchang Windmill Coastal Road is best at sunset. Bring your camera and take the pictures that will be featured for many years in your travel album against the romantic view of the pink sky. One can choose to walk along the trail to the sea, or drive along the beautiful scenery.

    Location: 1323, Sinchang-ri, Hangyeong-myeon, Jeju-si, Jeju-do, Republic of Korea

    Open: 24/7

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    The Seaes Hotel & Resort

    Garden resort with traditional beauty and contemporary sensibility

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    The Seaes Hotel & Resort is famous for its detached resort villa rooms and its atmosphere, which combines contemporary sensibility with traditional beauty. There are 7 types of rooms, including traditional rooms with sea views, along with stone fences, thatched roof, garden, pond, and outdoor baths. The entire resort takes on the appearance of a garden, so there's good views to be had anywhere.

    In fact, the scenery here is so well-received to the extent that it served as a filming location for a number of famous TV shows like the Secret Garden, Princess Hours, and I'm Sorry, I Love You. The charm was not lost on tourists, who flock to this resort for both its uniquely thatched roof design and the opportunity to relax in the nature of Jeju. Whether you want to stay in the resort and enjoy a private staycation, or go for one of the nearby sights like Cheonjeyeon Falls, Jungmun Beach, and Jeju Olle Trail Route 8, it is sure to be a terrific place to start your Jeju trip.

    Location: 198, Jungmungwangwang-ro, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do, Republic of Korea

    Open: 24/7

    Phone: +82 (0)64-735-3000

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    Jeju Folk Village

    Experience the culture of Jeju in Jeju Folk Village

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    Jeju Folk Village is known as the filming location of the popular TV show, Dae Jang Geum. It is also the most Jeju-like place on Jeju, because the village still maintains the traditional culture of the island. Lifestyle and culture are important because they exemplify the spirit and the values pursued by those who follow them. In Jeju Folk Village, one has a rather rare opportunity to peek into the unique culture of the island. There are nearly 100 traditional houses, once housing the people of Jeju, spread out over this massive site.

    Jeju Folk Village is also a popular site of folk and natural education. In the marketplace, one can find Jeju specialties like bingtteok, Jeju-style buckwheat pancakes, and momguk, a seaweed soup with pork bone stock. Experience the richness of Jeju's folk culture in this memorable slice of Jeju life.

    Location: 631-34, Minsokhaean-ro, Pyoseon-myeon, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do, Republic of Korea

    Open: Daily from 8.30 am to 6 pm

    Phone: +82 (0)64-787-4501

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    Maze Land

    Stone maze created in the image of mystical Dol Hareubang

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    Maze Land will be immediately recognizable to fans of the popular TV show Running Man and The Legend of the Blue Sea. After all, how can one forget this unique maze park, made entirely out of stone after the trinity of Jeju; the wind, water, and women? The Barammiro, or Maze or Wind, is home to 2,709 arborvitae trees, which fill the maze with a refreshing scent of a forest. The Yeojamiro, or Maze of Women, is home to camellia trees and Leyland cypress trees that bloom red in winter. Dolmiro (Maze of Whinstone), built in the form of Jeju's iconic Dol Hareubang (guardian stone sculpture), is recognizable by its mystical air.

    One can also see beautiful ponds, pretty lights, and forest roads adorned with garlands in Maze Land. Walk in the phytoncide-rich air of the maze and create beautiful memories like the protagonists of your favourite shows.

    Location: 2134-47, Bijarim-ro, Gujwa-eup, Jeju-si, Jeju-do, Republic of Korea

    Open: Daily from 9 am to 6 pm

    Phone: +82 (0)64-784-3838

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    Muryeongarioreum Parasitic Cone

    Volcanic cone home to a mystical wetland

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    Muryeongarioreum, or Muryeongari Parasitic Cone, served as the filming location of the 2012 film A Werewolf Boy, a love story between a girl sent to the countryside for convalescence and a feral boy. When it rains, the atmosphere takes on a particularly dreamy hue, making it even more special. Forget about your busy day-to-day life in the city, and return to innocence like a boy-meets-girl story.

    The atmosphere in Muryeongarioreum Parasitic Cone feels mystical, like a fairy tale. The word “Yeongari” means “holy mountain” in the Jeju Language, and the name of the volcanic cone, “Muryeongari,” is said to come from the wetland filled with water (“mul”) in the crater. The view of the green pastures hemmed in by a dense cedar forest is nothing short of impressive. On clear days, one can even see cows grazing peacefully.

    Location: San188, Sumang-ri, Namwon-eup, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do, Republic of Korea

    Phone: +82 (0)64-728-6200

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    Teddy Bear Museum

    Filming site perfect for the entire family or lovers to visit

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    Jeju Teddy Bear Museum was made famous by the TV show Princess Hours, based on the eponymous comic. The museum also appeared on Playful Kiss. Fans of the show can trace their fond memories by finding teddy bears featured in the two shows. Even if you haven't seen the shows, can you truly say no to Elvis and friends performing as teddy bears, or a massive 9-metre-high slow bear?

    From its beginnings, the Teddy Bear Museum was known as a unique museum that had something for everyone. From galleries that exhibit teddy bears made in Korea to gift shops full of cutesy merch, outdoor gardens for photo ops with teddy bears, and restaurants serving fusion food, the museum is full of interesting things to see and enjoy.

    Location: 31, Jungmungwangwang-ro 110beon-gil, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do, Republic of Korea

    Open: Daily from 9 am to 6 pm

    Phone: +82 (0)64-738-7600

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    Hallasan Mountain

    Mystical volcano with a thousand faces

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    Hallasan Mountain is the most significant mountain on Jeju and makes frequent appearances in numerous K-dramas and movies. Some films that featured Hallasan Mountain include the Il Mare, Fighter in the Wind, and Jiseul. Fans of classic K-dramas will recognize the mountain from My Lovely Sam Soon, as the place where the protagonist decides to go for her new start.

    In addition to standing in the middle of Jeju like its guardian, Hallasan Mountain was an active volcano, and its origins can be seen in the unique scenery of oreum, volcanic cones that dot the area. No matter the time of the year, the mountain offers impressive views. In particular, Hallasan Mountain is known for the fall crimson and the snowscape of winter. Climb this primordial mountain and purify your mind and body.

    Location: Odeung-dong, Jeju-si, Jeju-do, Republic of Korea

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    Seopjikoji Lighthouse

    Pastoral mainstay of Korean media

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    Cape Seopjikoji is famous as the filming location for The Uprising, The Legend of Gingko, and the TV show All In. Its wonderful view of the sea is made eminently accessible thanks to a network of walking trails, which bring one right to the edge of the sea. This means that you can see the location from your favourite shows and films, up close and personal!

    The lighthouse at Cape Seopjikoji stands on the Hill of the Wind, at the eastern end of Jeju Island. The official name of the lighthouse is “Bangdupo Lighthouse.” Because it is located on top of a volcanic cone made out of red scoria, it is very easy to recognizable from afar. When you reach the observatory in the lighthouse, you arrive to a landscape of the open sea and meadows full of canola flowers.

    Location: Goseong-ri, Seongan-eup, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do, Republic of Korea

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    Bomnal Café

    Feel the warmth of spring in this seaside cafe

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    Bomnal Cafe was made famous because of Warm and Cosy, a TV show depicting a young couple who decide to find a new place to belong on Jeju. It is a place to enjoy a warm cup of tea looking out at scenic views amid the cool sea winds.

    On cooler days, one can sit in the cafe and enjoy the view of the waters of Jeju through the windowed wall. But on sunny days, don't miss the chance to feel the refreshing sea breeze on the outdoor terrace. The cafe describes its offerings as “your spring day (bomnal) starts from Bomnal,” and indeed, the atmosphere here feels as if there are new changes just on the horizon. If you come across this beautiful cafe while driving along the coastal roads of Jeju, stop by and enjoy your spring day.

    Location: 25, Aewol-ro 1-gil, Aewol-eup, Jeju-si, Jeju-do, Republic of Korea

    Open: Daily from 9 am to 9.30 pm

    Phone: +82 (0)64-799-4999

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    Cafe Kokomea

    Warm and comfy place for meat pies

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    Cafe Kokomea is the filming site of the TV show Something in the Rain. Located at Panpo-ri, in western Jeju, this warm and comfy cafe serves great meat pies and coffee. Upon arriving at Panpo-ri, one finds a peaceful rural trail leading to Cafe Kokomea. It is a refreshing change of pace from the hustle and bustle of the city. You'll know that you have arrived at the cafe when you see the cutesy bird signboard.

    The cafe has a dainty courtyard, hemmed in with stone fences, and outdoor tables. The building itself is an old hanok (traditional Korean house) refurbished to maximize its peaceful atmosphere. One can even find old-fashioned furniture here! If you were a fan of the show, re-live those memories in this warm and sunny cafe.

    Location: 31, Panpojung-gil, Hangyeong-myeon, Jeju-si, Jeju-do, Republic of Korea

    Open: Thursday–Tuesday from noon to 6 pm (Closed on Wednesdays)

    Phone: +82 (0)507-1361-0160

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