On our last day in Jeju we booked a van tour. We ended up being the only people on the tour which was kind of fun, but also made our tour quicker than expected. It was a rainy morning and our first stop was a horse park. We did the East course which started between 8:30 and 9:15 at our hotel and then headed off towards Hallasan to the Jeju Jeolmul recreational forest, Seongeup Folk Village, Seongsan Sunrise Peak, and Hamdeok beach. The tour would then drop us off back at our hotel.
Despite Jeju Jeolmul Recreational Forest being our first stop on the itinerary we actually stopped shortly before the recreational forest to look at some horses. Due to the early morning rain they weren’t easy to see and were actually hiding off in the distance. There were however a lot of crows.
Jeju has a couple different types of horses, some of which are native to the island and tend to be short and stocky. They were used often for agriculture and were endangered until they were made Natural Monument No. 347. There are other horses on the island as well that were introduced later from other countries. It was cool to see them even from a distance. The spot we stopped also seemed to be a popular look out point for tours, since we just made it before large buses pulled up filled with other tourists.
If you’d like to have a better chance of seeing and learning about them there is the Jeju Horse Park on the island.