Attraction Yongdam 1-dong, Jeju, Jeju-do 690-041, South Korea Published on: 13-11-2015
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Why Dragon Head Rock (Yongdu-am) is special ?
Dragon Head Rock (Yongdu-am) is situated to the north of Jeju City. Yongduam was created by strong winds and waves over thousands of years. However, there are plenty of other stories of how it came to be. One legend has it that a dragon stealing precious jade from Mt. Halla was shot down by an arrow from the mountain deity. When he fell down on Yongduam, his body immediately sank into the ocean and his head rapidly froze looking at the sky. Another legend has it that a white horse, who dreamed of being a dragon and ascending to the sky, came to be caught by a soldier and froze into the rock.
What to explore at Dragon Head Rock (Yongdu-am)?
From Yongduam, visitors can see Haeneo women divers working on catching seafood. Near the rock are various cafes, bars, and restaurants. The coastal road between Aewol-eup and Yongduam is a popular spot for couples. Cafes and seafood restaurants began to appear there five years ago and now form a pleasant café village.
Drinking a cup of coffee at the village café and driving along the scenic coastal lines, visitors can encounter Iho Beach where black rocks contrast with the emerald-blue ocean, Hagwi Coast, and Aewol Port. Aewol Port is also home to small seafood restaurants and fishing boats coming in and out, adding flavor to the coastal drive. Further from the port is one of the most popular beaches on Jeju Island, Hyeopjae Beach, showcasing the deep royal-blue sea year-round with splendid white sand.
How to get to Dragon Head Rock (Yongdu-am)?
From Jeju International Airport,
Take bus bound for jeju-si Jungang-ro.
Get off at Yongdam Rotary.
Walk toward the beach for 5-10 minutes.
It takes 10min by taxi from Jeju International Airport to Yongduam Rock.
Car: Drive to the coastal road at the west end of Jeju City. Parking: W500/30 min.
- Nice place to enjoy the breeze
- Beautiful volcano stones
- Like the name it, it really looks dragon head rock.
- Great View of the Sea and some Rocks
- Natural rock with dragon head look
Yongdam 1-dong, Jeju, Jeju-do 690-041, South Korea
Tips for you
Even though just for a dragon head shaped rock, yet it is so packed with tourists.
“Use your imagination and it will looj like a dragon head” what made this place interesting besides the dragon head was the locals selling their wares. We also bought our first hallabong here. I can tell you prices are pretty much the same all over for those hallabongs. If you walk down there are a lot of ajjumas selling I think sea food, I did not walk all the way down since I did not have the right foot wear but it seemed like fresh sea food. It is a very touristy place, we just took a look few pictures and left. Its one of those places we dont have to go see again once you seen it thats good enough. But were are glad we did see it. Again I would have walked down to the ocean side but opted not to might have been interesting, so make sure you have the right footwear, it is rocky and maybe a little wet.