The waterfalls along the southern coast – in Seogwipo and Jungmun – are one of the most famous scenic sights on Jeju Island.
Seogwipo is the ‘second city’ on Jeju island (the main city is Jeju City in the north). It was the home of the famous Korean artist Lee Jung-Seob for a short time in 1951.
Jeongbang Waterfall is just east of Seogwipo’s city center. Supposedly, China’s first emperor Qin Huangdi sent the sorcerer Xu Fu to Hallasan (in the center of Jeju island), known as one of the three sacred abodes of the immortals, in order to find the elixir of life. On the way to Hallasan, Xu Fu stopped by Jeongbang Waterfall, was dazzled by its beauty, and carved ‘Xu Fu passed here’ on a rock.
Jeongbang waterfall almost falls right into the sea (there is a thin barrier of rocks which separates the pool under the waterfall from the sea itself).
I also spotted some birds on the way back from the waterfall viewing site.
Next is Cheonjeyeon Waterfall in Jungmum (about 20 minutes west of Seogwipo by bus).
This is the top of three levels.
Even though it was quite small when I was there, I feel that this top level was the most beautiful waterfall I saw in South Korea. The water is such a nice color, and there are the basalt column joins, and the little raindrops splashing on the surface add a certain sparkle.
Then I walked down to see the middle level of Cheonjeyeon Waterfall.
I think this level looks even more lovely when seen from above.
Finally, I went down to see the lowest level of Cheongjeyeon Waterfall.
Back in Seogwipo city center is yet another famous waterfall, Cheonjiyeon Waterfall. It is within a forested gorge which contains plant species found nowhere else in South Korea.
Cheonjiyeon Waterfall is open in the evening, and I’d never see a natural waterfall at night before, so that’s when I decided to go,
As you can see in this photos, the stream by the entrance gate is decorated with this little lanterns floating on the water.
Of course, since my camera is not particularly sensitive in the dark, it looked quite different in real life.
Finally, after a leisurely 10 minute walk through the gorge, I reached Cheonjiyeon waterfall.