5 Most Popular Foods in Jeju

Boasting a warm climate that is above 16°C throughout the year, Jeju is blessed with an abundance of natural resources from the land and sea. You will fall in love with all kinds of local food specialties everywhere you visit on the island. Enjoy the wonderful taste of Jeju’s local foods as well as the warmness of Jeju locals.

1. Gogiguksu

Noodles are served in a rich pork bone broth with thick boiled pork slices on top. There are many gogiguksu (pork noodles) restaurants on Noodle Street near Samseonghyeol.

2. Heukdwaeji

Heukdwaeji (black pork) is from the domestic pig that has adapted to the unique climate and natural characteristics of Jeju. The best way to enjoy black pork is to grill the skin-on pork belly or pork shoulder and eat them with salted anchovies. The chewy and juicy meat is genuinely superb.

3. Malgogi

Malgogi (horse meat) has been a premium dish and local specialty of Jeju. The island has been noted for its horse farms from the Goryeo Dynasty, and there are many horse meat restaurants. Horse meat boasts a tender texture and is low in fat. Grilled horse meat or horse meat tartare are the most popular dishes.

4. Galchijorim

Since Jeju’s cutlassfish (galchi) is caught with a fishing pole, its shiny silver color is maintained, which is why the fish is more expensive than other cutlassfish that are caught with fishing nets. Mid-summer to autumn is the best season to catch mature cutlassfish. Sweet and spicy galchijorim (braised cutlassfish) is praiseworthy.

5. Tangerine Chocolates

Records from the Joseon Dynasty say only tangerine sourced from Jeju were used for traditional medicines. Jeju tangerine has a long history of being the most well- known local specialty. Grown in the ideal conditions of the island, Jeju tangerine has a sweet and rich flavor. Tangerine chocolate, boasting the sweet flavor of tangerine, is a popular gift among tourists.

General Information

City Tour Bus

You can hop on and off at every bus stop — Jeju International Airport, Jeju Intercity Bus Terminal, Jeju Coastal Ferry Terminal, and Jeju Port International Passenger Terminal, and so on.

  • 09:00–19:00 (1 hour intervals), operates 9 times a day
  • * Closed: Every third Monday of the month
  • Adult 12,000 won / Fare per travel: Adult 3,000 won
  • * Can be paid by cash, credit cards or T-money cards
  • www.jejucitybus.com (EN/CH/JP)
Call Taxi
  • Downtown Jeju:
    • VIP Call Taxi 064-711-6666
    • Jeju Airport Call Taxi 064-712-9777
  • Seogwipo:
    • Seogwipo Call Taxi 064-762-4244
    • OK Call Taxi 064-732-0082
  • Jungmun:
    • Jeju Call Van Taxi 064-900-5233
  • * Interpretation services are not available in EN/CH/JP
  • (Call 1330 Korea Travel Hotline).
Shopping
Duty-free shops
Jeju Tourism Organization Duty Free Shop
  • 1F ICC Jeju, 224, Jungmungwangwang-ro, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do
  • 064-780-7600
  • 10:00–20:00
Lotte Duty Free Shop
– Jeju Branch
  • 1F–3F Lotte City Hotels Jeju, 83, Doryeong-ro, Jeju-si, Jeju-do
  • 064-793-3000
  • 10:00–19:30
The Shilla Duty Free Shop
– Jeju Branch
  • 69, Noyeon-ro, Jeju-si, Jeju-do
  • 1688-1110
  • 10:00–19:30
Specialties
Jeju hallabong
Jeju green tea
Glutinous millet rice cake coated with crushed red beans
Tangerine tarts
Tangerine peel tea
Udo peanuts (peanuts sourced from Udo Island)
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