The government of Jeju is heightening our awareness of the struggles that Muslims face in traveling around Jeju. Working hard to make it easier for our Muslim guests to enjoy our island, we sincerely hope that our Muslim friends are able to experience the beauty of Jeju without inhibition.
Jeju offers an immense variety of seafood dishes anywhere on the island. The word “haemul” (해물), signifies a seafood dish.
Here are some delicious haemul dishes to try in Jeju:
Haemultang (해물탕): A spicy seafood soup with a variety of different seafood, served with rice.
Haemul Kalguksu (해물칼국수): Thick wheat noodles served in a white seafood broth.
Haemul Jjim (해물찜): Spicy, braised seafood served on a bed of braised bean sprouts.
Haemul Sun Dubu Jjigae (해물순두부 찌개): Seafood tofu stew, served with rice. Traditionally spicy, some restaurants will take your request for a non-spicy stew.
Haemul Doenjang Jjigae (해물된장찌개): Soybean paste stew made with seafood, vegetables and mushrooms.
Some other mouth-watering seafood dishes to try:
Godeungeo-jorim (고등어 조림): Braised mackerel fish in a spicy and slightly sweet sauce.
Jeonbok-juk (전복죽): Abalone rice porridge, a local specialty that was once frequently gifted to the king.
Nakji Bokkeum (낙지볶음): Stir-fried octopus and vegetables in a slightly sweet and very spicy red pepper paste sauce.
Ojingeo Bokkeum (오징어볶음): Similar to Nakji Bokkeum, but served with squid instead of octopus.
Saengseon Hoe (생선회): Raw fish served with various sauces and raw vegetables. It can readily be found at raw fish restaurants, called “hoetjip”.
Looking for a vegetable dish? Here are our recommended vegetable dishes:
Bibimbap (비빔밥): Literally meaning “mixed rice”, bibimbap is served with warm rice and vegetables that you mix together with a red pepper sauce. It is sometimes served with beef, which you can request to omit. Ordering a “sanchae bibimbap” (산채 means ‘wild herbs and vegetables’) will ensure you get only vegetables served with your rice.
Kong Guksu (콩국수): A seasonal dish served in summer, it is a non-spicy noodle dish served with a cold soy milk broth. Add salt to suit your taste.
Dubu Jorim (두부조림): A vegetarian dish of spicy braised tofu, braised in a spicy sauce and pan-fried with various vegetables.
If you’re looking for meat dishes that do not include pork, here are some perfect meals to try:
Galbitang (갈비탕): Korean beef short ribs soup that is savory and hearty. Served with rice.
Gomtang (곰탕): Beef broth soup with a savory broth and thick slices of beef. Seasoned with soy sauce and served with rice.
Dak Galbi (닭갈비): Spicy stir-fried chicken in a red pepper based sauce, served with potatoes, cabbage and other vegetables.
Jjim Dak (찜닭): Braised chicken with vegetables and starch noodles in a soy sauce-based sauce. Degree of spiciness varies by restaurant.
Bulgogi (불고기): Thinly sliced beef, marinated in a sweet soy sauce mixture and grilled or roasted to perfection. (Note: Doeji Bulgogi is made with pork, and Bulgogi is made with beef.)
Samgyetang (삼계탕): Also known as Ginseng Chicken Soup, it is made with a whole young chicken and garlic, ginseng and jujubes. Popular in Korea, this soup is thought to promote health.
Korean words for pig/pork
The Korean word for pig is “dwaeji” (돼지), and Jeju is well-known for a special breed of pig called “heukdwaeji” (흑돼지), or black pork. Another word that is used to signify pork is “don” (돈). Fried pork cutlets are called “donkatsu” (돈까스), so if fried cutlet is something you want to try, make sure to order the “saengsun katsu” (생선까스), which are fried fish cutlets.
Finding a prayer room
When inquiring about prayer rooms, you can ask for the “gido-sil” (기도실), which literally translates to “prayer room”.
With friendly service and delicious foods, our Muslim travelers have a number of choices at several of our halal-friendly restaurants.
Cheonhaecheon is an all-you-can-eat, shabu-shabu seafood buffet with over 100 ingredients and dishes, including unlimited Häagen-Dazs ice cream. The restaurant is located at 25, Halladaehak-ro, Jeju City, and open from 11 a.m. - 11 p.m. every day. Parking is available on the premises. Pricing for both the lunch and dinner buffet is 34,000 won per person. For further information, dial 064-742-1101, or visit http://www.seaskys.co.kr/.
Raj Mahal (라지마할)
Raj Mahal was founded by a Nepalese man and an Indian chef in 2009. The restaurant is located at 43 Shingwang-ro, Yeon-dong, Jeju City. The entire menu is halal, with main dishes ranging between 10,000 won and 18,000 won in price. Lunch sets are available on weekdays only (no holidays, no weekends) and until 3 p.m. Lunch sets are reasonably priced at 13,000-15,000 won per person. The daily hours of operation are 11:30 a.m. - 11:30 p.m., and parking is available on the premises. For further information, dial 064-749-4924, or visit http://rajmalkorea.weebly.com.
Bagdad Halal Indian Cuisine, features Halal North Indian food. Located at 38, Seogwang-ro 32-gil, Jeju City. The hours of operation are 11 a.m. - 11 p.m. It is closed Mondays. Pricing starts reasonably at 9,000 won. For further information, dial 064-757-8182.
Mulmaegol is a traditional Korean restaurant with an earthy feel, furnished with dark wood furniture and Korean pottery pieces. They serve a wide variety of fresh vegetable side dishes, true to the traditional Korean style of cuisine. Some of the meals they serve include the Yeonip Bap Jeongsik (연잎밥정식), or rice cooked with beans wrapped in a lotus leaf, and the ever-popular Yakcho Deulggae Sujaebi (약초들깨수제비), which is literally translated as ‘medicinal herb perilla seed hand-pulled dough’. This is one of their most popular dishes, and is made with ingredients that are said to be good for health and stamina. They are located at Beondaedong-gil 67, Aewol-eup, Jeju City, and they are open Tuesday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. For more details, please call 064-713-5486.
There are a number of prayer rooms around the island that various businesses have opened for use by their customers and clients.
The Jeju Islamic Center
The Jeju Islamic Center, located at Nohyeong-dong 939, Junghan Officetel #1208, Jeju City, offers a prayer room for Muslim travelers that offers all the amenities you need for your daily prayers. It was founded and is currently managed by Shaikh Haji Bashir Kim, a Korean-Muslim who is fluent in Korean, English and Arabic. Having converted to the Muslim religion during his youth, he spent 12 years in Qatar and majored in Sharia Law at Qatar University. Dedicating his life to the study and practice of the Muslim religion, he is a high-profile figure in the Asian Muslim community. Shaikh Haji Bashir Kim is open to offering help to Muslim travelers and residents who are in need of assistance. If you are traveling in large numbers and need a prayer facility, be sure to email email@example.com for further information. Please, be aware that reservations must be made at least one week prior to your visit.
Seogwipo KAL Hotel
The KAL hotel located in Seogwipo is situated on a vast green space that is perfect for a resort-type of getaway. They are generous to their Muslim clients and offer a dedicated prayer room that is fully furnished with a Quran, Qibla and prayer mats. For more information, you can call 064-733-2001, or visit their website at www.kalhotel.co.kr/seogwipo.
Lotte Hotel Jeju
A top-notch luxury hotel with a beautiful atmosphere, the Lotte Hotel Jeju offers their best to their Muslim clients. For the Muslim traveler who desires to observe their daily prayers, the hotel offers a prayer room that is furnished with a Quran, Qibla and prayer mat for their convenience. They are located at Jungmun Gwangwang-ro 72-beongil, 35, Seogwipo. You can call them at 064-731-1000, or visit their website at www.lottehotel.com/jeju (available in Korean, English, Chinese and Japanese).
Hyatt Regency Jeju
The Hyatt Regency Hotel in Jeju is a world-class hotel that offers all the amenities of one, and more. For their Muslim clients, they offer a prayer room that is furnished with a Quran for their convenience. For more information, call 064-733-1234, or visit their website at jeju.regency.hyatt.com (website available in multiple languages).
Jeju Palace Hotel
Jeju Palace Hotel is one of the several hotels on Jeju Island that is dedicated to serving their Muslim clients. Their prayer room is furnished with a Quran, Qibla and prayer mat. They are located at Tapdong-ro 9, Jeju City, and you can call them at 064-753-8811 for more information.
Hotel Leo, located at Sammu-ro 14, Jeju City, features a prayer room on the premises for its registered guests. The prayer room is located on the 3rd floor of the hotel and can be accessed upon request. It is not a room specific for Muslim prayers, so there are currently no furnishings available. For further information, dial 064-754-7000.
Cheonhaecheon Seafood Buffet, located at Halladaehak-ro 25, Jeju City, features a prayer room on the 2nd floor of the building. It is open only to patrons of the restaurant and is furnished with a Quran, Qibla and prayer mat. Patrons may use the prayer room before, during, and/or after their meal. The hours of operation are 11 a.m. - 11 p.m. For further information, dial 064-742-1101.
The WE Hotel prayer room is located at 1100-ro 453-95, Seogwipo. It is available upon request, but only for guests of the hotel. The prayer room is furnished with a Quran, Qibla and prayer mat. Halal food is also available upon request, within the hotel’s restaurant. For further information, dial 064-730-1200~1202.
A fun, interactive Kpop museum offers its Muslim customers a prayer room to honor their religion as they enjoy their exciting digital Kpop experience. Their prayer room is furnished with a Qibla, a prayer mat and a sink (no Quran). Located at Jungmun Gwangwang-ro, 110-beongil 15, Seogwipo, they are open every day from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. (last admission at 6 p.m.) For more information, dial 064-780-9000, or visit their website at www.playkpop.co.kr.
Lotte Rental Car Autohouse
The Lotte Rental Car Autohouse located at Yonghae-ro 92, Jeju City near the airport offers its Muslim customers a prayer room to observe their daily prayers. Located on the 2nd floor of the building, the prayer room is furnished with a Quran, Qibla, prayer mat and small table. Their hours of operation are 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. on weekdays and 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. on weekends. For more information, please call 064-751-8000, or visit their website at www.lotterentacar.net (English available).
A cultural resort that is well-known as a shooting location for the world-famous Korean show, “Running Man”, as well as popular Kdrama, “What Star are you from?”, offers a prayer room for their Muslim guests. Furnished with a Quran, Qibla and a prayer mat, the resort is open every day from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Located at 1010 Samdal-ri, Seongsan-eup, Seogwipo, you can dial 064-784-2080 for more information, or visit their website at www.ilchulland.com (available in Korean, English, Chinese, Japanese).
The following amenities and benefits are available to our Muslim visitors who are traveling with their families.
The WE Hotel is located at 1100-ro 453-95, Seogwipo and features a prayer room on the premises. Halal food can be prepared upon request, by the resident chef of the hotel’s restaurant. For further information, dial 064-730-1200.
Hotel Leo is located at Sammu-ro 14, Jeju City and features spacious “ondol rooms” that can be reserved by large families who are traveling together. “Ondol rooms” are traditional Korean rooms where guests sleep on bedding that is laid out on the floor. The rooms are equipped with floor heating systems that can be personally controlled by the guest(s). Halal foods are also available upon request. For further information, dial 064-754-7000.
A popular guesthouse with overseas travelers, the owner speaks English and is very welcoming to various requests. They have set aside a set of cooking tools and utensils in the kitchen that are only used by Muslim guests, in respect to their restricted diet according to the Muslim religion. They are located at Samogil 9, Jeju City. For more information, dial 064-724-5506, or visit their website at www.yehaguesthouse.com (available in Korean, English and Chinese).