Driving in Korea (Jeju Island)

We knew we have the option of driving around when we decided to head over to Jeju -do.

Apart from self-driving, you can either hire a taxi or take the bus around. After much reading, we decided to go for a self-driving experience. Here’s just some reason why:-

– renting a car is considerably cheap versus hiring a taxi 8hours a day. Think 58,000krw for 3 days vs 180,000krw for a day. Hmmm
-there’s certain route you have to follow if you are taking the bus and you will have to consider the schedule too.
– I believe I read somewhere jeju island is 9x the size of langkawi so going from 1 place to another takes an average of 45 mins or so therefore we rather have a flexible schedule.
– it’s fun !!! We can just go anywhere we want and stop at random places to take photos as we fancy

For some reason, the driving direction from Google Map was switch off for S.Korea, therefore making it very difficult for me to plan the schedule for Jeju as I couldn’t estimate the driving time required. So in the end, I just read up alot from forums, blogs and travel websites to estimate the distance.

In order to drive legally in South Korea, you will first need to get yourself an international license which basically is an expensive piece of cardboard. To get one:-
1. Prepare a passport size photo and RM150
2. Go to any nearest JPJ office with your IC and driving license with validity of at least 1 year, filled up the form, queue and pay

OR

Pay a runner and get it done for RM250+ within a week.

I obviously went to JPJ myself and just to get this cardboard, the entire process took me 2 hours. Kudos for efficiency!  -_-

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After that, you can choose to rent your car from several website available in English. We chose KT Kumhoas it seems to be a popular choice. If you browse around the internet, you will see that many of the blogs mentioned it comes with a free internet device but from March 1st onwards they ceased doing that 🙁

Upon arrival, go straight to the KT counter at the arrival hall and they will direct you to an exit where a shuttle bus awaits to bring you over to the car rental office. Car collection was swift and fast and during that time, they will ask if you would like to add on about 30,o00KRW for insurance.

The car that I chose purely base on the cuteness was Kia Ray comes with an English GPS. As I’ve read online that you just have to key in the phone number of the destination and it will be searchable, I’ve prepared my  itineraries complete with phone numbers 😀 Most of the time it works but some time we just find that searching in Korean words are much faster and accurate.

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For 3 days of usage, we easily drove more than 200km and used up about half the tank. I super love the car for the cuteness and how spacious it is. The seats even came with heater!!! Best invention since slice bread for winter weather!!

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Expenses :-

KT Kumho Car Rental                     66,600KRW
Car Petrol                     52,000KRW

As you can see, petrol in S.Korea does not come cheap 🙁  Anyway, you may wonder if it’s easy to drive on the left hand. Well, it actually alright but need a little time to get used to it. K was constantly reminding me that I was going too much towards the right or driving in the middle of the road. The road are wide and well maintained so it’s easy to drive around. The only thing that annoyed me alot during the driving was there was like a gazillion speed trap in the whole of Jeju.. Every time you go near a school zone, you have to drive like 50kmph? And on average the speed limit is 80kmph. So sometimes it took us quite a long time to go from A –> B because of the speed limit!!!

I hope I answered most questions about driving in Jeju in this post. At least most of the answers I seek for prior to my trip 🙂

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7 Responses to Driving in Korea (Jeju Island)

  1. Ben Khor says:

    Good Info on driving in Jeju Island. Can’t wait for more entries on your experience in Jeju Island with K.

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  3. Sustoire says:

    Hello sweetie,

    May i know if your car rental per day is 66,600krw or this is the total amount for 3 days?

    Thanks:)

  4. Ice Tan says:

    Hi, I’m from Korea Tourism Organization Malaysia. Do you mind if we post this on our website?

  5. Eve says:

    Hi, it’s 66000 – all in.
    Hi Ice, sure no problem as long as it’s linked back here 🙂

  6. Catherine says:

    Did u book your car online? I can’t seems to find the website. It directed me to lottery rent a car and it doesnt come cheap.

  7. SOPHIE CHEAH says:

    Did you have difficulty finding parking spots in downtown area? How do u pay for parking? Do they cost a lot?

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