Ilchulbong Peak, Jeju (city)
JEJU (Bis): The Interior of Jeju Island, east of jeju's Highest peak Mt. Hallasan (2002m) is the area of Seongup-ri, Pyoson-myon.
The area of Seongup-ri, Pyoson-myon, still remains as a typical mountain village, and is home to a number of cultural treasures. This area was Jeju's provincial capital during the Koryo period, and the area has been maintained by the local government. On eof the cool features of this area is the Seongup Jeju Folk Village, which is a 'fair dinkum' traditional Jeju village that has been maintained. And it rocks.
The village contains loads of thatched roof houses with basalt and mortar walls. Villagers still live in these houses, although they have modernised them for modern living. Also located here are Hyangyo (local school annex of a Confucian shrine), Tolharubang (the basalt guardianof the island), an old government building, and tomb sones.
The unique characteristics found here include folk songs, tradition foods, craftmanship, and the Jeju provincial dialect which is impossible to understand. Still it is a fun dialect to here them do for you.
Songsan Ilchulbong or Songsan Sunrise Peak on the eastern end of Cheju Island protrudes into the sea, rising high in the sky. There is a plateau like basin which is the crater of an extinct volcano. From a distance it looks like a place where a conjurer might reside. This basin covers an area of a littel over 64 acres, and it is one of the principal craters on Jeju Island which include Paeknoktam and Sangumburi.
This peak was created about 100,000 years ago. It rose from under the sea in a volcanic eruption. The crater is about 600 m in diameter and 90 m high. The area has 99 sharp rocks that peak around the edge of the crater, making it look like a gigantic crown. The southeast and north sides are cliffs, and only west side has grass growing on its ridgeline and is connected to the Seongsan Village below. The ridge is good for walks and also for horse riding as well. The most famous activity at Seongsan Ilchulbaong Peak is watching the sunrise from the crater.
Around April (Spring in Korea) every year, the whole area blooms in vibrant yellow from rape flower fields. These rape flowers form a brilliant forground for a picture of SeongSan Peak in the Which is situated on the northern Flank of Shin Yang Bay. Which forms a natural port for the village of Songsan.
This is me standing on the top of Shipji Hill or point with the dramatic Seong san or Sunrise Peak behind me. directly behind my person is a rock wall, one of the many ubquitous walls that are all over the Island.
These walls often demarcate not only houses and their Madang or Courtyards, they are often also used to shelter paths (Walls of both sides) jeju is somewhat windy you see. But most commonly you will see these walls demarcating boundaries and providing shelter as shelter belts for non wind hardy crops.
Anyway Shipji Hill is a great stroll. You will find thousands of korean people making the hike. At first I thought that they were going for the view or to see the nuggets at Shipji Point, or perhaps to enjoy the fine stone walls, or even to scale the stairs of the point lighthouse, but alas I was wrong. At the top of this hill there is a small church. It was the infact the church a famous Korean 'TV' couple get hitched. Everybody goes in their multitudes to photograph themselves there.
Hmmmmm. But who am I to Judge.
After climbing Seopjikoji or Seopji Hill, and following the nice stone fences, and the mulitude of Church Photographers, en route to the rather ordinary looking lighthouse, you will pass this wonder point, or as I call the Nuggets, because it looks like Nugget Point in my own New Zealand. But this point is actually called “seondol” or 'sticking out' in english.
Oh one point about the stone fences, as I said earlier most of them are for sheltering the road, but in the fields, they are shelterbelts sheltering succulents from the Jeju elements. So ithin these stonewalls, are field upon field of rape flower. A flower that Jeju is synonomous with. Around April every year, you can see brilliant rape flower fields from this road. And these rape flowers form a brilliant forground for a picture of SeongSan Peak in the bay.
Seopji Hill or Seopjikoji is located at the end of the eastern shore of Jeju-do island. “Seopji” is the old name for the area, and “Koji” is native Jeju dialect meaning a sudden bump on the land. At Seopjikoji, there are cliffs by the seashore, where there is not a single tree, only a large field of grass.
Seongsan Ilchulbong is an extinct volcanic crater that one could climb and come down from within an hour. There is a concrete pathway and stairway to the top with 2 rest stops along the way. Once you reach the crater rim you are rewarded with a magnificent and majestic view of the eastern coast, which is why the place has been designated a World Natural Heritage site.