Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Waterfalls in Seogwipo, Jeju

There are two famous waterfalls in Seogwipo, Cheonjiyeon (left) and Jeongbang (right). Both are easy to get to and well visited by tourists. The first waterfall we went to was Cheonjiyeon, which is located on the west side of Seogwipo city. It costs about 2,000 won (about $2) to get in per person and you walk along a very nice path lined with tall trees next to a river in a canyon. Yes, all of those glorious things in one little stretch! It was seriously beautiful.

It's a very easy trek, as it's a paved path and not very long. At the end, you see the waterfall along with tons of other people. When we were there, lines had formed to take pictures at the best photo taking spots, namely the rock below. 

I think it's funny how people (myself included!) always want to take pictures with destinations with only themselves in the picture. It doesn't really relate what the experience is like at all, but we all do it. Humans are so silly sometimes! :)   

After we visited Cheonjiyeon, we grabbed a couple taxis to the Jeongbang waterfall. It's possible to walk and there are signs (in English, too!) to help you along but it's about 5 kilometers away and it was super hot. Plus, taxis are cheap.

Jeongbang waterfall is unique because it's one of the few waterfalls in the world that flows directly into the ocean. To see it, you pay 2,000 won (once again, about $2) and walk down a bunch of steps securely built onto the cliff. You can get a glimpse of the waterfall on the way down.

Once we got down to sea level the spray from the waterfall was soooo nice. We stood around taking pictures and enjoying the cool mist while trying to get out of other people's photos and navigating the rocks. 

Both waterfalls are worth checking and could be done in half a day, easy. The hardest part is remembering to stop taking pictures and just stop, look around, and appreciate the beauty.  


  1. Hi Maggie. I was looking at your other blog and I'm trying to figure out where the Bamboo Forest is from the September 9, 2011 post. I'd love to visit. just let me know....email if you don't mind hollingsworth(dot)jacobm(at)gmail(dot)com

    Thanks! I'm enjoying your blog.

  2. Gorgeous! I'm going to Jeju in October, I'll have to check these beauties out! :)

    1. I think October will be a great time to visit Jeju! The weather will be a lot better for exploring inland. Have fun!!