Jeju Island Sights- Chasing Waterfalls
Jeju Island is an island in the southern part of South Korea and is a UNESCO Natural Heritage Site and part of the New 7 Wonders of Nature known for its volcanic island and its lava tubes. Being a natural marvel, along with the main mountain “Halla” and its picturesque cliff coast lines; they have some beautiful waterfalls as well. The three most famous being: Cheonjiyeon Falls, Cheonjeyeon Falls, and Jeongbang Falls.
Cheonjiyeon Falls (천지연폭포)
Address. Namseongjung-ro, Cheonji-dong, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do (제주특별자치도 서귀포시 남성중로 (천지동))
Admission. 2,000won Adults, 1,000won Children, Free Children 6 and under, Seniors 65 and over.
Cheonjiyeon Falls is 22m (72ft high), and 12m (39ft wide) with water falling usually on one side. To reach the waterfall from the parking facility, you must walk along a short landscaped trail along the stream. Once you reach the waterfall, it is surrounded by evergreen forests. According to a legend, a dragon once lived in the basin, and in times of famine, the locals would pray for rain at the waterfall, and is said that their prayers were always answered.
Cheonjeyeon Falls (천제연 폭포)
Address. 132, Cheonjeyeon-ro, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do (제주특별자치도 서귀포시 천제연로 132 (중문동))
Admission. 2,500won Adults, 1,350won Children, Free Children 6 and under, Seniors 65 and over.
Cheonjeyeon Falls is a three-tiered waterfall, the total course to see all three waterfalls is a bit strenuous and includes many steps. Cold water flows from the ceiling of a cave as it flows. The first, closest to the parking lot, is behind the roadway bridge, and does not flow all year round, it depends on recent rainfall. As you follow along the guided trail, you will reach the second waterfall. I find the second one to be the most beautiful one of the three because its surrounded by trees and rocks. As you move on to the third waterfall, you can only catch a glimpse of it from above on an angle before the water continues flowing out to sea. An eye-catching bridge (Seonim Bridge) is located on the premises and features seven carved nymphs on each side.
Jeongbang Falls (정방폭포)
Address. Chilsimni-ro 214beon-gil, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do(제주특별자치도 서귀포시 칠십리로214번길 (동홍동) 제주올레길 6코스)
Admission. 2,000won Adults, 1,000won Children
Did you know? Jeongbang Falls is the only waterfall in Asia to flow into the ocean directly. The waterfall is 23m (75ft) high and falls onto a crystal blue coloured cove surrounded by large rocks. Legend states that a holy dragon lived underneath it. It was said that the dragon’s spirit is contained in the water which can cure diseases and bring rain during drought. It is one of the most picturesque waterfalls I have visited, allowing visitors to be up close to it to take some amazing (and funny) photos of it.