Seongsan Ilchulbong
Seongsan Ilchulbong
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Musings_MJ
Singapore, Singapore299 contributions
Nov. 2022
This is a UNESCO Heritage site and offers breathtaking views. Best part is the hike is easy and takes about 30 - 40 mins to reach the peak. Free binoculars at various points allow you to view the beautiful surroundings. Although this is known as the sunrise peak, we went at sunset and the orange glow of the setting sun makes it even more beautiful. Note that the trail to the peak is closed on first Monday of every month. Must see attraction on Jeju!
Written December 11, 2022
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Louis Chia
Singapore, Singapore49 contributions
Oct. 2022
Going before sunrise to catch the early morning light was one of the highlights of my trip. Lots of locals as well as tourists hike up the trail for the wonderful sight. There is a trail up and a separate way down
Written November 14, 2022
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Shubhra Jyotsna S
Singapore, Singapore103 contributions
Oct. 2022 • Family
The walk up to the summit took about 20 mins. No words to describe the beautiful view of the ocean from there. The winds were strong! Worth the climb
Written October 14, 2022
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Brittany B
Shinjuku, Japan145 contributions
Sep. 2022
Beautiful scenery, a must visit in Jeju. Some cute shops and nice cafes/restaurants around as well. Plenty of parking available.
Written October 8, 2022
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Bonnie C
Corona, CA1,560 contributions
Oct. 2022 • Couples
This is a nice Korean hike, meaning lots of stairs. If you have mobility issues then this isn't for you. You can make it to the summit and you will be rewarded with fabulous views though. I recommend this stop on your visit to Jeju.
Written October 7, 2022
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AnLil
889 contributions
Aug. 2022 • Family
Driving to Seongsan ilchulgong at 4:00 along Jeju’s coast, we saw the crater like I hadn’t expected before. It was the most lush and astonishing sight, unlike other craters in the tropics. One person compared it to the Bay of Fundy and Anne of Green Gables (of romantic coasts); Tobermory-like rock formations also added to a colourful touch of Nova Scotian Lunenburg—all-in-one, above a Korean vista like no other. The large “flowerpot” attributed to Sulmundaehalmang (Korean goddess) and General Tong-Jeong was revered—recalling their coupled defeat of the Chinese or Yuan forces at one time. Jeju retains here a relic of its matriarchal and colonized yet nativist past. Up to 360 volcanic crater “oreums” exist in Jeju; this sacred remnant constitutes a UNESCO-awarded site. (Similarly, U.S. Army-restricted Mt. Halla from the McCarthy/Cold War era is regarded with value for its Korean heritage.) Just as locals still leave offerings of carrots /cucumber or food to honour the lost and departed at Aewol harbour—brutally colonized by the Japanese and now Qingdao-commercialized, on the sites of ancient burial mounds; traditionally, locals climbed Jeju heights up to four times daily to pay proper homage to the spirits. Views are spectacular above Seongsan, where many foreign seniors likely could not reach the pinnacle or complete the climb up winding staircases. However, Seongsan Ilchulgong also features grassland with grazing Jeju horses; delightful sights of multicoloured rooftops, and the sandy beach wrapping around the coast, surrounded by gleaming sea. Down the path that forks to the left, at 1:30 and 3:00 are traditional women divers at the water’s edge. Boats depart with up to 8 passengers paying $10 each (or horseback riding is available for the same price), so comfortable shoes should be worn. The sunset at around 6:00 was spectacular—offering glints of sunlight that made the rock cliff (“cone”) shine and brighten the seaside—with Udo island’s oreum-face in the background. In the cove below were seashells and raw abalone on display or on sale with beer for cash. At breakfast, lunch or suppertime on the street or at the base of Seongsan Ilchulgong, affordable “godungah” fish, stews and shellfish congee (“juk”) are also sold at the diner or intersection—kitty-corner to Starbucks. Plan to spend 3-4 hours, on your visit to the depths and heights of famed Seongsan Ilchulgong. Downloading Kakao Maps is recommended. Admission may be paid by credit card, and expect at least an hour’s drive to reach your destination if you are planning an afternoon visit with departure from other areas of the island.
Written August 29, 2022
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Amy S
Belper, UK38 contributions
Aug. 2022
I am not the fittest of people but still managed this climb with no problems in the heat of August. There are rest seats on the way and spectacular views to enjoy. The peak was well worth the climb - you can't walk all the way around the rim but this protects the crater from human influence which is all-important for photography of nature at its best. I thoroughly recommend this experience as does my 17 year old daughter who was stunned by the magnificence of nature.
Written August 19, 2022
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Cheam T
Singapore, Singapore249 contributions
Jul. 2022 • Friends
Stunning landscape and views. The climb down to the sea was worth it to see the unique landscape. There are two routes - one of which is free. We walked the free route. Got to see the Haenyeos (female divers) in action too. There are daily shows so be sure to check them out.
Written July 21, 2022
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TG
Seoul, South Korea38 contributions
May 2022 • Family
Always happy when I’m here. I want to share my feelings with people who will be coming here. Climbing is a bit challenging
Written June 1, 2022
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Shermaine C
15 contributions
May 2022
It was really nice and we took a lot of pictures there. you can even enjoy fresh seafood from hanyeo. There's performances from time to time, do check the schedule. You will only need to pay 5000won if you plan to climb all the way to the top
Written May 30, 2022
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