If you make the Trip to Seogwipo, The southern City of Jeju you will pas a complex of waterfalls on the way. There are three main ones. They are Chonjiyon Waterfall, Chonjeyon Waterfall and the Coastal Jongbang Waterfall.
My fave is the Chonjiyon Waterfall. The path to the waterfall cuts through a lush garden/forest of subtropical plants and it is nice to walk there in the evening when fairylights twinkle nicely. There is a path made of lava stones over a small river coming out from the waterfall, which should be crossed by the newlyweds with the bride riding the husband's back. It has something to do with long love.
Chonjeyon Waterfall is located in the tourist area of Chungmun, near Yomiji Garden. From the side of the garden the road to the waterfall goes over the arched "bridge of seven nymphs", named after the legend that says 7 nymphs come down at midnight to bathe in the pool under the waterfall. I waited for them, but the buggers didn't even put a toe in the water pool. Grrrrrrr.
the last is the Jongbang Waterfall which is said to be the only seaside waterfall in Asia. A long stairway encumbered by lush subtropical forest hanging over it leads to the waterfall. Its quite a Beautiful place. Apparently The famous Jeju Women Divers (Haenyo) dive here and sell there wares right beside the falls. Cool huh?
The Seongup Jeju Folk Village showcases traditional Korean folk architecture. There is evidence here that the same attention to cultural symbols that are adhered to in grand architecture were also adhered to here. Most notably the harmony with the surrounding country side and the use of symbolic motifs.
A number of factors have shaped traditional Korean architecture: religion, the availability of materials, the natural landscape, and an aesthetic preference for simplicity. Gently sloping rooflines and sturdy, undecorated pillars characterize its simplicity, harmony, and practical utility. Korea has many original wooden and stone structures, some dating back over a thousand years. Here at the Seongup Village the natural surroundings and the use of local materials make the architecture here uniquely Jeju, yet still these buildings are also unmistakingly Korean.
This village is a must see, especially if you enjoy architecture. Sometimes the way people build their houses can tell more than we realise about a country.
Another wonderful thing to do in Jeju, is simply rent a car and go 'sploring. When you see something interesting, stop and skulk about. I love the small fishing and farming villages. They aren't on the tourist track, but nevertheless they shouldn't be missed.
As I said above Korea has many original wooden and stone structures, some dating back over a thousand years. And for the most part, these little villages are a micro-trip back in time. Here unlike in the cities where many building contain only elements of traditional Korean architectural tradition, these small villages here in Jeju are the real mcCoy, and show like a museum, spatial orientations, construction and lifestyles.
Really fun, if you like history.
The Yongduam (or Dragon Head Rock) is on the Yongdam-dong seashore which is in Jeju City. It is simply a Clump of jagged basalt rock, but if you look at it from the west Yongduam resembles a dragon with its mouth open ready to roar. However the Rock also steeped in tradition and superstition, and it comes with a few legends.
According to one legend, a Dragon envoy of the Dragon King was sent to Mt. Halla (the Highest Mountain in Jeju) to pick a herb which would give eternal youth. But a god of Hallasan (or maybe Hallasan himself) biffed him into the sea, and only the head protruded above the sea. The shape of the head is like that of a wailing dragon.
Hallasan (or Halla Mountain) is the highest mountain in the republic of Korea, and if i am not mistaken (But probably am, is the second highest, after Baekdusan (Baekdo Mountain) which is now in North Korea. Hallasan stands in the centre of Jeju Do. At Hallasan's summit lies Paeknokdam or "White Deer Lake" which is home to loads of species of plants. If I remember to scan the slides I'll put some Hallasan Forest Pics on this page. Hallasan is also characterised by high peaks, steep slopes, rock-strewn valleys, and omnipresent azalea bushes, all of which provide a feast of the eye.
Anyway, as one of the Sam-shin-san (Three mountains where God lives), Hallasan is one of the most famous mountains in Korea for its scenic beauty. The southern part of the mountain is very steep, contrasting with the northern part which is comparatively easier to hike. The high peaks in the east and west are extensive and excellent places for challenging hikes.
Yongduam Rock, or the Dragon's Head, is one of Jeju-do's best-known landmarks. Couples on their honeymoon traditionally have their picture taken here. The beach here is a favorite place for really FRESH seafood. Local divers, all women, swim to the bottom, haul up shellfish, place them in their floating nets, and finally return to shore with their catch. You can purchase some for a very low price, and have a seaside snack. It doesn't get much better than that.
The local legend has it that a dragon rose from the sea, trying to get to heaven. But the Guardian of Mt Halla shot it with an arrow, which turned it into stone. The rock here is said to have been the dragon's head. Well, it's a good yarn.
This is a unique sculpture garden, with statues composed of stone and wood (the wood of the jorok or yew tree). This type of tree grows into some odd shapes, and is found only on this island.
Here, it was combined with stone by a local resident artist, to create some of the most unusual artwork that you'll ever see. Be sure to see the romantic, lifelong story of a Korean couple, told through these strange shapes. There is nothing else quite like it.
I know it's kid stuff but some of my lady companions wanted to go here so I had no choice but to come along. As expected, the place shows not just teddies but all sorts of stuffed animals in various get-ups, from an African safari to fairy tale characters. Very cheesy, I know. But if you're with kids and teeny-boppers, well you just have to oblige them.
Admission price for adults: 7,000 won, children: 5,000 won, adolescents: 6,000 won.
Open from 9 am - 8 pm.
20 minutes off Cheju island is the even smaller island of Udo. It's quaint and you can spend an afternoon exploring the perimeter on a rented bike or relaxing on the beach.
Don't go to Cheju and miss Udo!
Samyang Beach Is known as black sand it's location near to City
Black Sand-Bathe is known for effective Neuralgia, arthritis, obesity, dermatitis, flu, athlete's foot also The marine leisure festival is held annually in summer
so Samyang is croweded with people in the summer
Anything that's made of glass, especially colorful ones, can be found here. Not just those made in Korea but from the world over.
Open year-round from 9 am - 5 pm. Admission price: adults - 9,000 won, teenagers - 8,000 won, children below 12 - 7,000 won.
You go from the grounds of Shilla Hotel which already is a site to enjoy. An abundance of tropical trees and beautiful seasonal flowers that were arranged in perfectly manicured gardens surround the whole structure. Then you go down a path that's canopied by rich foliage on to the wonderful Chungmun beach waiting for you down below....
Just to clarify: I wasn't drunk or under influance of any other drugs...
But Mysterious Road is some kind of amazing thing. Bikes are rolling uphill, water is floating in the same direction, ... WEIRD!
I tried to figure out why it seems that it's going up and it's actually going down...
I still have no clue about that.
But this is a must see!!
We went to the Delphic Games in Sinsan Park and Jeju Cultural Center. There was more hype than what we actually saw, which is common in South Korea. There were supposed to be 50 countries represented, but we only saw 6 mentioned. Out of the 6 about 4 were Asian countries.
There was supposed to be "ethnic fare" there, but when we got to the eatery, there was hotdogs and spaghetti. Korean style spaghetti is not that appetizing to me because they add sugar to the sauce and it is vey sweet.
We did end up seeing some great music in an outdoor venue. The day was perfect for sitting outdoors and enjoying - not too hot, not too cold with a slight breeze. We saw a Peruvian band (unfortunately the Peruvians did not bring food with them) and an Apache band from Ecuador.
We went to the Delphic Games with another foreigner and three of her adult Korean students. I found it interesting that they would only look at things that were done by Korean artists. In the calligraphy presentation, there was amazing calligraphy done in Arabic, but they would only look at the Korea calligrapher. Unfortunate as the other cultures had so much to offer.
This is a garden park that contains many exotic plant species as well as some birds and small reptiles. It's nice place to visit and walk around in plus there are 2 caves to explore though there are no stalactites or stalagmites to appreciate. You can also view a replica of a folk village to see how ancient Jeju natives once lived. There are cafes and a souvenir store.
Open year-round from 8:30 am - 7 pm (spring & summer) or 6 pm (fall & winter).
The hotel is centrally located and is just a block from the main pedestrian street where restos and...more
2812-4 Saekdal-dong, Jeju City, 697-130, South Korea
Good for: Families
1255 Samdo 2-dong, Jeju City, 690-032, South Korea
Good for: Solo