MAJESTIC WATERFALL AND A MYSTIC TEMPLE
Cheonjeyeon Falls—the pond of God—is a three-part cascade. Around the falls, a variety of plant life thrives, including the rare solipnan reeds. To the east, there is a cave where cold water pours from the ceiling to create a waterfall. The water from the first waterfall becomes the second and third waterfalls and flows into the sea. In Cheonjeyeon Valley, you will see the Seonimgyo Bridge with seven nymphs carved on the side and and the octagonal Cheonjeru Tower. The surface of the Cheonjeru Tower is features a painting that tells Cheonjeyeon’s legend of the nymph and mountain god. Every other May, the Chilseonyeo Festival is held here. You will also visit the Yakcheonsa Temple, whose architectural style is reminiscent of the Buddhist temples of the early Joseon Dynasty. Measuring an impressive 98 feet tall and spanning a total area of 35,000 square feet, it is the largest temple in the East. A 16-foot-tall statue of Vairocana greets you when you enter the temple. The walls on both the right and left have been sculpted into large altar portraits of Buddha and in front of the Dharma Hall is a giant Buddhist temple bell, weighing 18 tons. Beloved for its size and grandeur, the temple consists of the main temple and a three-story residential structure for the Buddhist monks. Other notable sites are the Dharma Hall, built inside a natural cave, the Samseongak Shrine and the Sarira Pagoda. After your visit you’ll return to the ship at Jeju. Please note: Minimum age is 8 years.
What we will see
• Cheonjeyeon waterfalls • Seonimgyo Bridge and Cheonjeru tower • Yakcheonsa Buddhist temple
What we will do
• We cross the island to get to the Cheonjeyeon waterfalls, made up of three separate cascades generating from inside a cave carved out in a cliff and creating a spectacular splash into the sea. • We admire the first cascade into the 'Pool of Gods'**, a small picturesque lake whose name derives from the fact that people believed that seven nymphs would come down to bathe here in the evenings. • We walk through the forest among rare examples of local flora and climb as far as Seonimgyo Bridge with the seven nymphs carved on its side. This is also the location of the octagonal Cheonjeru tower with its lovely wall painting dedicated again to the legend of the seven nymphs. • Our next stop is the Yakcheonsa Buddhist temple, an imposing building over 30 metres tall and richly decorated with three different amazing pagoda roofs. • Upon entering the temple, we are welcomed by a colossal Vairocana Buddha statue almost 5 metres tall, the largest in Korea. The walls to the right and to the left are sculpted with portraits of Buddha and the temple is also home to a gigantic bell weighing 18 tons. • After our visit, invigorated by the peaceful and strong spirituality that emanates from this place, we return to Jeju City.
What you need to know
• Minimum age: 18 years.
English & other European tour guides are subject to availability.