Attraction San 137-24, Gyorae-ri, Jocheon-eup, Jeju, Jeju-do 695-811, South Korea Published on: 17-09-2016
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Why Hallasan Seongpanak is special ?
Hallasan Seongpanak stands out at the center of South Korea's southernmost island, boasting exquisite landscapes due to its varied volcanic topography and vegetation distribution ranging vertically through the subtropical, temperate, frigid and alpine zones.The special nature of this area led to its being designated and managed as a national park in 1970, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in 2002, a World Natural Heritage Site in 2007. Muljangori Oreum registered as a Ramsar Wetland in 2008.
With its thick verdant forest, Seongpanak has a unique atmosphere all year around. The road here is clear and wide, but a bit uncomfortable to walk because of many rocks. The azaleas create a pink blanket in the spring, and blends well with the clear waterfall in the area.
Source : http://www.hallasan.go.kr/
What to explore at Hallasan Seongpanak?
Seongpanak Trail is a 9.6km course that starts from Visitor Center (altitude 750m), passes Sokbat, Saraoreum, Jindallaebat Shelter and continues up to Hallasan Baengnokdam Lake Summit. It takes about four and half hours for a one-way hike.
Seongpanak Trail provides access to Hallasan’s summit, and while most of the trail’s slope is gentle, the steep sections and the overall length of 19.2km (round trip) requires conservation one’s physical strength.
When you hike 600 mters from the start of the 5.8 kilomter Seongpank Trail, you arive at the Saraoreum(volcanic crater) look- out point, which provides a stunning view of Sanjung Lake and of Mt. Halla's beautiful landscapes
How to get to Hallasan Seongpanak?
From Jeju Intercity Bus Terminal (+82-64-753-1153, Kor), take an Intercity Bus and get off at Seongpanak (first bus 6:00 / last bus 21:30 /10 min interval/ 30 min ride).
From 516 Road Bus Terminal (+82-64-762-4345, Kor), take an Intercity Bus and get off at Seongpanak (first bus 6:00 / last bus 21:30 /10-12 min interval / 30-40 min ride).
- Beautiful, challenging and rewarding
- The best track to climb mount hallasan
- Mystery of or gift from the mother nature
- Stunningly beautiful landscape and mountains
- Well Worth The Effort
San 137-24, Gyorae-ri, Jocheon-eup, Jeju, Jeju-do 695-811, South Korea
Tips for you
“Nearly a 5 star..” Before you visit this attraction, be sure to be appropriately dressed and have the essential gear. Hiking boots are highly recommended as the ground is uneven and mostly rock. Sun hat and shades will also be very useful when nearing the peak as the area there is more barren without much trees. Trekking pole will also be useful for those with knee problems. You will have to start your day early as they will disallow entry to the final stretch (at the 2nd rest point). There are 2 rest points, both with toilets. The 2nd rest point (higher up) sells drinks and instant bowl noodles. Rubbish will have to be brought down and thrown when you leave the park. I climbed in early June and there were many many many bugs and wasps at the last leg and the peak. For those climbing during spring, please prepare some bug balm. These are the tips; 1) Start early, reach the 2nd rest stop before 12pm. 2) Have the proper gear 3) If possible, have your noodles etc after you finish the peak (if you're descending via the same trail), that way, you won't have to carry your trash up the peak 4) If you're driving, reach there early (before 730). Carpark fills up pretty quick 5) A mineral spring can be found along the way for cool refreshing water!