Jeju is full of unique items to purchase to remember your trip by, and some are well-known and common, while others are unique and whimsical. You can find a number of hot and trendy souvenirs and keepsakes to commemorate your Jeju vacation. If you’re looking to purchase the hottest, trendiest items on the island, there are artists and vendors that offer sea-inspired jewelry and candles.
Seashells, starfish, pearls and other ocean beauties are elegantly created into jewelry. The fragility of the sea items lend to the dainty nature of these graceful jewelry pieces. A single piece of seashell, sea stone or small conch sits on a soft silver necklace or a ring band. The earrings are a pair of jewels straight from the sea, with each earring ever so slightly different from its pair, just as nature did not intend for any two shells, starfish or stone to be exactly alike.
Bada Bosuk (바다보석)
Bada Bosuk, literally translated as “sea jewels”, uses real items from Jeju’s beaches. The owner and creator of Bada Bosuk repurposes it all into beautiful objects to gift or keep as mementos.
Address: 115 Taeshin Haean-ro, Namwon-eup, Seogwipo, Jeju
Hours: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m.
The haenyeo is one of Jeju’s most well-known cultural icons and a designated UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage. Women on Jeju Island have worked as sea divers for centuries, and haenyeo are unique to Jeju. Haenyeo candles depict the underwater dive of a haenyeo in the form of a beautiful and translucent gel candle.
Jeju-ae Pongdang (제주애퐁당)
A popular and fun gift shop with two locations on the island. You can find haenyeo candles, diffusers, natural soaps, stationery, accessories and much more at their stores.
Address: Joongang-ro 192, 1st floor, Jeju-si, Jeju
Hours: 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Address: Cheonjaeyun-ro 313, Seogwipo, Jeju
Hours: 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Beach candles are proving to be an increasingly popular souvenir and keepsake amongst tourists. These translucent gel candles come in different tones and colors and depicts underwater scenes using real sand, seashells and other ocean findings in the candles. You can also find some of Jeju’s most famous and unique coastlines depicted in elegant candle form, such as Woljeong-ri and Aewol.
Jeju Bada Candle (제주바다 캔들)
Jeju Bada, literally translated as “Jeju sea”, is a candle shop that is growing in popularity for their unique beach candles.
Address: Aewol Haean-ro 272, Jeju-si, Jeju
Hours: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m., closed Sundays
Jeju Island is known to be home to a wide variety of talented artists, and fortunately, many have opened shop on the island. Every item created is handmade and original, and most often, depicts a cultural aspect unique to Jeju. Fun and quaint items, such as jewelry, bags, pouches, clothing, and other interior decorating items make for a great souvenir that is unlike anything you will find at large-scale tourist shops.
By Maeng, Handmade art shop
A privately owned handmade art shop, everything in the store is hand-created by the store’s owner. It is a quaint, unique and fun shop to visit for unique gift ideas.
Address: Lavender Hotel, Joongang-ro 1, Seogwipo, Jeju
Hours: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. (Hours may change with short notice. Check their Instagram: @bymaeng2890 for the most up-to-date information.)
Always a popular gift item, fragrant candles are especially booming on Jeju Island. One type of candle that is enjoying particular popularity is Jeju’s cultural icon candles. These are candles that come in the form of Jeju’s most well-known and revered cultural icons. They are designed as volcanic rocks, Halla mountain, oreums (volcanic hills), hallabong oranges, harubangs (stone grandfathers), and much more.
Bada Gakkai (바다가까이)
Bada Gakkai, translated as “close to the sea”, is a small, local shop that sells original candles, and are most well-known for their unique icon candles.
Address: Gonaeahn-gil 8, Aewol-eup, Jeju-si, Jeju
Hours: 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. (Hours may change with short notice. For the most up-to-date information, please check their Instagram account @merryjeju_)
Jeju Island was designated a member of the Global Geoparks Network in 2010, and currently is home to 12 main geological sites that represent and portray Jeju’s most magnificent natural geology. These sites hold inspiring scenes of Jeju’s natural beauty, and displays Jeju’s unique geology. Local artists on the island have captured the colors, textures and forms of Jeju’s geology in handmade art, accessories and textile, and they are now offered for sale on the website. You can go to http://jejugeopark.com/english/ for more information.
Offering throw pillows, aprons, bags and pouches made from 100% cotton, each item is designed to represent Suwol Mountain’s bold and unique strata patterns. These items will make great statement pieces.
To order, call 010-2690-5758.
Canvas bags and aprons elegantly depict Suwol Peak’s geology in gentle colors and design. Made from 100% cotton, these items will make a great reminder of Suwol Peak, the location of Jeju’s most spectacular sunset.
To order, call 010-9930-5989.
Ceramic pottery that is designed to depict Sanbangsan Mountain and Yongmeori Coast, these mugs and containers are made with dark clay and basalt (volcanic rock). Also using melted green glass to represent the green of Sanbangsan Mountain, these items are unique and one-of-a-kind.
To order, call 010-3696-1573.