Attraction San38, Gyorae -ri, jocheon-eup, Jeju, Jeju-do, South Korea Published on: 13-11-2015
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Why Sangumburi Crater is special ?
Sangumburi (산굼부리) is a crater with a circumference of over 2 km, and has been designated as a Natural Monument. It is located on the southeast side of Jeju-si, and is a flat crater, about 650 meters wide, 100 meters deep, and 2,070 meters in circumference. If you look at the crater from above up, it looks like a man-made circular stadium. There is a variety of plant-life in the crater. On the north side, Nandaeseong vegetation such as red-thorn trees, and magnolia trees grow, along with the rare winter strawberries. On the south side of the crater, Ondaerim vegetation such as evergreens, maples, and mountain strawberry trees cover the area. Because so many different kinds of trees and plants grow in such a limited space, it attracts the attention of researchers as well.
What to explore at Sangumburi Crater?
Visitors can walk around part of the rim (the rest is private property and fenced off), but they cannot venture down inside the crater. A well-paved path leads from the parking area to the viewing area which has a small pavilion and several vista points. Also on the grounds are numerous grave sites made in traditional Jeju fashion: a wide, trapezoidal stone wall surrounding the burial mound. Several of the sites also have small stone figures that guard the mound from evil spirits. At the park entrance are several large rocks from the crater. During the eruption, molten rock flew from the volcano into the air and cooled into many exotic shapes.
The crater is covered completely with vegetation and the nearby green hills was a picture of serenity and you feel removed from urban city
How to get to Sangumburi Crater?
From Jeju Intercity Bus Terminal,
Take an Intercity Bus bound for Beonnyeong-ro and get off at ‘Sangumburi‘ (Bus schedule: 1hr intervals, Travel time: 30-40min)
From Seogwipo Intercity Bus Terminal,
Take an Intercity Bus bound for Dongilju. Get off at ‘Pyoseon-ri samuso(office, 표선리사무소)’. (Travel time: 1hr 40min.)
Walk straight towards the intersection and turn left and walk straight to bus stop. Transfer to bus bound for Beonnyeong-ro and get off at ‘Sangumburi‘ (Travel time: 1hr 30min.)
- Magical place, must see!
- Beautiful Silver Grass in Autumn
- A field full of Pampas green around the Crater
- Great place to stroll and be nearer to nature
- A crater-than-expected experience
San38, Gyorae -ri, jocheon-eup, Jeju, Jeju-do, South Korea
Tips for you
Group (more than 30): Adults 5,000 won ($4.5) / Youths, Children, Seniors 2,500 won ($2.23) The handicapped :Adults 3,000 won ($2.7) / Youths, Children, Seniors 2,500 won ($2.23) (Adults: College students and older / Students: Middle to High school students / Children: age 4 and older / Seniors: age 65 and older, proof of identification required)Ticket and Pricing
Nice place to have a walk. Nature is wonderful. Won't take much time to visit.
“Leisurely Crater View” Considering that the other craters type views Seongsan Ilchulbang (Sunrise Peak) and Hallasan are a ways up, and the seaside formations such as the Yongmeori Coast a slippery path of jumping about, the Sam-Gumburi Crater is nice and leisurely. The one place that seemed wheelchair friendly. It was also less crowded compared to the Seongsan Illchulbang so we really got to enjoy the nice leisurely walk up the small hill to see this crater. If you're a faster walker, you could probably do the whole thing in less than an hour (needless to say, we lazy walkers, took a little more than an hour). If you wanted to just roam about, you could spend a lot more time as well (there are different paths, one that's all stairs, one that is like a ramp, etc.). Anyways, this was probably the only geological tourist attraction that was wheelchair friendly and even seemed to have a few out in the front for rental. The ramp would be a bit steep but at least do-able. A lot of the other sites had either a lot of stairs/walking or way too many people for the elderly or others with bad knees to maneuver well. Perhaps that's why we saw a number of couples with strollers. That said, this place had one of the most pricy admissions costs that we encountered. It is privately owned or something. So, instead of the usual 1,000-2,000KRW per person, we paid 6,000KRW per person. We were told that the place is nicer during the reed season, but we enjoyed the crater all the same. We'd recommended it to anyone looking to do a Jeju geotourist site without all the hard work.