THE SPECTACULAR COAST OF JEJU
Sunrise Peak also called ‘Seongsan Ilchulbong, rose from under the sea in a volcanic eruption over 100,000 years ago. Located on the eastern end of Jejudo Island, there is a huge crater at the top of Sunrise Peak. The crater is about 600m in diameter and 90m high. With the 99 sharp rocks surrounding the crater, it looks like a gigantic crown. While the southeast and north sides are cliffs, the northwest side is a verdant grassy hill that is connected to the Sunrise Village. The ridge provides an ideal spot for walks and for horse riding as well. There are numerous hydromagmatic volcanoes similar to the Seongsan Ilchulbong, but there are no other known hydromagmatic volcanoes with a well-preserved tuff cone and diverse internal structures along a sea cliff. Because of these scientific values and remarkable scenery, Seongsan Ilchulbong Tuff Cone was able to be designated as a UNESCO World Natural Heritage site and it is worth preserving permanently as a natural heritage of humankind. Seopjikoji is located at the east coast of Jeju Special Self-Governing Province, is a beautiful coastline filled with canola flowers during the spring, with Seongsan Ilchulbong Peak rising up in the background. You can find Sinyang Sandy Beach at the entrance, while the end will let you see the traditional beauties of Jeju, such as a vast land filled with canola flowers growing on the hill, Jeju donkies grazing peacefully, beautiful rock cliffs, and the legendary Seonbawi Rock standing in the middle of the ocean. What makes Seopjikoji different from other coasts in Jejudo Island is that it is made of red volcanic ash called “scoria”, and possesses strange rock formations that only show themselves when the tide is low are very unique. Filming Site for Movies and Dramas: The Legend of Gingko, The Uprising, Cheonilya, and All In. The picturesque blue house at the sea where Choi Jin-sil lived in in the movie The Legend of Gingko was based on this site. Furthermore, Hyeopja Beacon Fire Station can be found in Seopjikoji, which became famous for being the filming site of the TV drama ?All In? in 2003. As such, there is no shortage of tourists who seek this place out.
What we will see
• Seongsan Ilchulbong crater • Spectacular views • Sinyang beach and Seopjikoji promontory
What we will do
• We leave the port behind us and head towards the easternmost tip of the island, location of the Seongsan Ilchulbong crater or Sunrise Peak, a tuff cone formed by a hydrovolcanic eruption and connected to the rest of the island by an isthmus, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site because of its significant landscape and scientific value. • As we climb up the steep mountain, we walk along a path leading to the eastern side of the crater. Our efforts are rewarded by spectacular views: we observe the crater bed covered in lush greenery and surrounded by 99 rocky pinnacles that make the crater resemble a crown. In the background, water as far as the eye can see and, behind us, the rest of the island with Seongsanpo village at the foothills of the crater. • We move on to the opposite tip of the bay to visit the Seopjikoji promontory, a magnificent stretch of coast covered in yellow rapeseed flowers in spring. • At the foothills of the promontory, we admire Sinyang beach, a stretch of fine golden sand lapped by the blue sea. It has not yet become a popular tourist attraction so it remains relatively unspoilt. • By venturing up the promontory, our gaze wanders over the characteristic scenery of the island of Jeju: vast fields of yellow flowers, grazing donkeys, evocative rough rock formations emerging from the sea at low tide. • At the end of the excursion, we will return to the port by crossing the island and its varied landscapes.
What you need to know
There is limited availability of English-language guides.