Cycling Around Jeju

If there is a best way to travel around Jeju, I would have to say that it is by bicycle. I have done it twice now, just to make sure. First I did it with one friend, stopping to drink some beers along the way, then with a group of friends, stopping to swim and jump off fences. Having a circumference of a couple of hundred kilometres, it is a pleasant two day ride, but can be done in one if you are a killer cyclist, or more than two if you like to trundle. On both my circumnavigations, I cycled half of the island each day.

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As a prequel to my first ride around Jeju, I rode 80km to a beach and back again

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It wasn’t long before two Koreans stopped us and plied us with beer

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We moved slowly, swimming when we got the chance

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Korea is a contrasting world of natural beauty and ugly urban environments, even on Jeju

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Despite our breaks, we still finished our ride by sunset

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A well earned rest

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The second time around, our journey started as a group of four

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In the whole ride, we only got one puncture

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Bikes + Island = Good Times

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Washing line snacks for non-vegetarians

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A volcanic crater

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When you say “everybody jump,” you hope everybody jumps

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Always push in the person who failed to jump


Rest when you need to

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Save your power moves for when they are needed

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Every time I watch X-Men, I dream of being Magneto

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We finished our second ride with seven cyclists

This is a little taste of cycling around Jeju. Don’t think about it too much, don’t plan it, just get a bicycle and do it. Stick to the coast roads when you can and you will have a great time. Happy cycling.

By | 2014-09-01T23:57:07+00:00 September 1st, 2014|Stories|6 Comments


  1. Bi 28/03/2015 at 04:09 - Reply

    I am planning a trip there in early aug this year. Heard it may not be the best time to cycle there because of the hot and humid weather, as well as being typhoon season. But I wanna go during that time so the water will be warm enough for swimming. SO shld I risk it?

    • Jamie 01/04/2015 at 14:53 - Reply

      The summer is super warm and humid, but if you’re there, go, enjoy it, and the water should be lovely.

  2. Erika 10/10/2014 at 15:20 - Reply

    Great idea! I think this is how I will spend one of my long weekends off while teaching in Korea. Did you rent bikes or bring your own?

    • Jamie 11/10/2014 at 11:16 - Reply

      I bought a decent second hand bike in Seogwipo – there is a little shop with a friendly man who fixes up old bikes and sells them on. People also sell a lot of bikes through the FB groups. Have fun!

      • Rina 19/09/2015 at 17:07 - Reply

        Thanks for your post. Love the up in the air shots. How can you guys jump so high!

        Btw, what are the name of those facebook groups?

        • Jamie 25/09/2015 at 10:36 - Reply

          I don’t remember anymore, but if you search around on FB I am sure you will come across them.

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