The Famous Waterfalls of Seogwipo & Jungmun

Below a set of vertical, basalt column joints (made from basalt) is a pool of blue-green water, with rain drops making little which splashes on the surface.  Just below the columns, but just above the pool's surface, is a little cave from which a small white waterfall emerges from the shadows.

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.

On the left is a tall volcanic cliff, and on the right is a flurry of green leaves with a tall, white waterfall descending into the pool below.

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.

No, this is not the waterfall.

No, this is not the waterfall.

Finally, after a leisurely 10 minute walk through the gorge, I reached Cheonjiyeon waterfall.



About Sara K.

Sara K. is an aromantic asexual from California who has previously lived in Taiwan. She blogs at the notes which do not fit, has previously been a contributor at Manga Bookshelf, and has written guest posts for Hacking Chinese. She enjoys reading, travel, live theatre, learning languages, and gardening.
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