Later today we will move from Seogwipo City to Jeju City. Before checking out, we will visit another 2 of Jeju Island’s famous waterfall – Cheonjiyeon Falls & Jeongbang Falls.
Cheonjiyeon Falls Entrance
We took a cab to Cheonjiyeon Falls. Entrance fees is KRW2,000 ( Approx RM5.50 / USD 1.80 ). “Cheonjiyeon” literally means air in the soil, it is one of the three most famous waterfalls on Jeju. Cheonjiyeon Waterfall is 22 meters high and 12 meters wide.
Before entering, we bought some Spanish Doughnut – Churros & very unique South Korean pebble ice cream.
To reach the waterfall, visitors must walk on a landscaped path. Near the beginning of the trail is a traditional Korean raft symbolizes Korean culture.
The Cheonjiyeon Waterfall is also known for its diverse flora and fauna. Just before reaching the falls on the road, one must cross a bridge from which a wide variety of koi fish can be seen below.
Along the way, there are three piles of stones stacked, in earlier days, someone would place a small stone and a large stone and pray for the health and welfare of their families.
The pond is known as a habitat for marbled eel, which only the night moves. Known as Mutae eel, it is classified as a natural monument in Korea.
Although the water is always in a specific area, depending on the amount of recent rain the water spread.At the bottom of the waterfall is an artificial pool with 20 meters deep.
Large volcanic rocks form natural bridges that allow tourists to pose for photographs in front of the falls.
From Cheonjiyeon Falls, a cab ride is just 10 minutes to Jeongbang Falls.
Jeongbang Falls (정방폭포) is the only waterfall in Asia that falls directly into the ocean. On the wall of the water fall, there is an inscription written “Seobulgwacha”, referring to Seobul passing by this place.
Located near Seogwipo city, Jeongbang Waterfall is 23 meters high and is very close to the sea. Entrance fees is KRW2,000 ( Approx RM5.50 / USD 1.80 ). From entrance, just follow the steps down to the waterfall.
A legend says that servant of Emperor Jin of China, called as Seo Bul, sent to the area in order to search the magical herb of eternal youth in Mount Halla.
Photo Taken from Above
Although he did not find the herb, he met Jeongbang Waterfall on the way and left his signature as Seobul Gwaji, on the cliff wall, where it no longer remains.
While walking to Jeongbang Falls, you can see a group of ajumas. They are Haenyeo which are sea divers, diving for seaweeds, sea cucumber & abalone.
If you are interested, you can taste fresh abalone sashimi with garlic slices & hot pepper paste as dipping.
After Jeongbang Falls, we went back to our hotel to check out and took Airport Limousine Bus to Jeju City.
Our next hotel – 5 star T.H.E Hotel & Vegas Casino !!
For more photos on our South Korea Jeju Island Day 3 – Album 1