Attraction 114 Seongsan-ri, Seongsan-eup, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do Published on: 13-11-2015
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Why Sunrise from a volcanic crater is special ?
Seongsan Ilchulbong Peak rose from under the sea in a volcanic eruption over 100,000 years ago. Located on the eastern end of Jejudo Island, there is a huge crater at the top of Seongsan Ilchulbong Peak. The crater is about 600m in diameter and 90m high. With the 99 sharp rocks surrounding the crater, it looks like a gigantic crown. While the southeast and north sides are cliffs, the northwest side is a verdant grassy hill that is connected to the Seongsan Village. The ridge provides an ideal spot for walks and for horse riding as well.
The sunrise from the crater is magnificent. Also the Seongsan Ilchulbong Peak surrounded by bright yellow colored rapeseed flowers in the spring is truly a sight to behold.
What to explore at Sunrise from a volcanic crater?
Seongsan Ilchulbong is continuously buzzing with people, as it is a main attraction for residents of Jeju as well as visitors from all over. People come from near and far to hike the cone which is surrounded by exquisite scenes of nature, including the far and wide sapphire blue ocean, a colourful township, and green rolling fields of grass.
Besides being a prime spot on the east side of the island to go hiking and enjoy the glorious scenery of Jeju Island, Sunrise Peak is also home to a variety of other things to do.
The downhill stairways are divided into two directions. To the left, you can ride a Jeju pony, a Jorangmal. To the right, you see an ocean decorated with black basalt rock where you can see the famous female divers, or haenyeo, who collect various kinds of shellfish from under the waves.
Around April (Spring in Korea) every year, the whole area blooms in vibrant yellow from rape flower fields. These rape flowers form a brilliant forground for a picture of SeongSan Peak in the Which is situated on the northern Flank of Shin Yang Bay. Which forms a natural port for the village of Songsan.
How to get to Sunrise from a volcanic crater?
From Jeju Intercity Bus Terminal,
Take a Direct Bus (Dongilju bus bound for Seongsan) and get off at Seongsalliipgu bus stop. (Travel time : 2 hrs)
At Seogwipo Intercity Bus Terminal,
Take a Direct Bus (Dongilju bus bound for Seongsan) and get off at Seongsalliipgu bus stop (Travel time: 2 hr 30 min)
At Seongsalliipgu bus stop, you will see Seongsan Ilchulbong Peak. Walk to the peak (about 1km).
- As great as awarded one of the new 7 wonders of nature
- Simply beautiful and amazing views for photo-taking!
- Wow views - relatively easy climb
- Wonderful view and fresh air in the morning!
- Get ready to climb up the stairs for the stunning views
114 Seongsan-ri, Seongsan-eup, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do
Tips for you
On the way up Sunrise Peak, there is one last stop for ice cream and water before reaching the top. In this little make-shift shop, there are two women. One sells beverages and snacks and the other one does a very unique trade called pyrography—the process of burning designs on wood with a heated tool. There are Starbucks & Dunkin Donut for you to stop for a cup of coffee while enjoying the views, alsoDrink
“An UNESCO Triple Crown place” It is an archetypal tuff cone formed by hydrovolcanic eruptions upon a shallow seabed about five thousand years ago. Situated on the eastern seaboard of Jeju Island and resembles a gigantic ancient castle, this tuff cone is 182 meters high, has a preserved bowl-like crater. There are two hiking trails to reach the peak , take the white path uphill and the orange path downhill. You just follow the crowd and the signages along the trail. During May and the coming summer, you do not need a jacket or pullover as it will be hot and you will sweat a lot on the climb up. Wear covered sports shoes and a cap / hat. The first part of the hike is the easiest and the least steep. The rest of the path comprises steps of varying steepness. The final stretch gets very steep. Along the hiking trail, there are benches and pavilions to rest. Take a sip of water, rest your aching legs before proceeding . Toilets are available along the way. From the peak, you can see beautiful landscapes of Jeju island and do take a photo with the signage saying you are at Sunrise Peak. It took us 30 minutes to reach the top. The downhill walk was much easier, just follow the wooden stairs meandering its way down. At the bottom, you can go for drinks at the cafeterias.
Seongsan Ilchubong is an extinct volcanic crater and UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site 2000₩ entry fee 180m climb for a great view