As the name suggests, Jeju Glass Castle in west Jeju is devoted to the art of glass. Hundreds of sculptures by artists from around the world span three zones. Highlights at this glass-themed, indoor-outdoor park include the Magic Forest walking trail and a stunning mirrored room. You can take short classes in glassblowing, glass painting, and a technique called lampworking.The Basics
Tickets for Jeju Glass Castle are reasonably priced, with small discounts for children and seniors. A few Jeju Island tours include a stop at the Jeju Glass Castle, and it’s also easy to add it to your itinerary if you’re booking a private driver to take you around. Allow at least an hour to explore all the exhibits and take pictures, and longer if you aim to take a class. Booking ahead is essential for classes.Things to Know Before You Go
- Jeju Glass Castle is a must for Instagrammers and a great choice with older kids.
- Some of the sculptures, such as glass flowers, are fragile, making this a challenging destination with little kids.
- Don’t confuse the Jeju Glass Castle with the Jeju Glass Museum in Seogwipo.
- Parts of the Jeju Glass Castle are wheelchair-accessible, but the Magic Forest is not.
How to Get There
Jeju Glass Castle is in the Hangyeong district to the west of the island, about 16 miles (25 kilometers) from Jeju City. Many travelers drive, and parking is free, or you can arrange a tour that includes transport. To reach Jeju Glass Castle by public transportation, take bus 755 from the Jeju Intercity Terminal (or the airport) to Osulloc, then change to the 967 bus, which stops at the park.When to Get There
Jeju Glass Castle is open from morning until early evening seven days a week. If visiting outside the summer months, aim to arrive in the afternoon, so you can appreciate the sculptures by day and after dark. For a more tranquil experience, come during the working week.
Glassmaking Classes at Jeju Glass Castle
There are three different types of glass-working classes available at Jeju Glass Castle. The easiest is glass painting, where you colorize a pendant you can take home the same day. With lampworking, you use a super-heated torch to melt glass and produce a colored pendant. With glassblowing, you create a work such as a vase or a cup, which you can pick up or have delivered to you the next day.