Sanbangsan, the Cliff Sitting on Jeju’s Coast

In the upper left corner is a white cloud, but the rest of the sky is totally blue. In the center is a lump of a mountain with sheer basalt cliffs, and is the center right (in from of the mountain) is a steep cape in the sea covered with pine trees, in the bottom left is the sea, and in the bottom right is a sandy beach

The dramatic landmark jutting out on the southwestern tip of Jeju Island is Sanbangsan.

The map shows that Sanbangsan is on the southwestern tip of Jeju Island

I started at Hwasun Beach, and walked along Jeju Olle Route #10.


It turns out that the southern coast of Jeju Island does have a little more basalt columns than those as Jusangjeollidea.


That’s a good thing about these Olle routes – you may find nice little surprises such as this.


There was then a section of the trail which I had to cross slowly because it went through a beach, and my shoes were not appropriate for sand.


But there were many excellent views of Sanbangsan as I got closer (there is also an interesting legend which claims that Sanbangsan used to be on top of Hallasan).



As I veered south, I was able to see this panoramic view.


I like being between Sanbangsan and the beach.


There was a stone signal beacon/smoke mound called Yeondae, from which signals could be sent around the island, warning of things such as enemy attack.


Now the smoke mound offers visitors beautiful views.

The mountain in the distance on the left is Hallasan.

The mountain in the distance on the left is Hallasan.


I then went to visit Bomunsa and the temple right next to it, Sanbangsa (apparently Bomunsa also has a shaman shrine hall which I missed).


I enjoyed a snack of Jeju oranges at a rest area in Sanbangsa. At the coast is a fantastic rock formation known as the Yongmeori Coast, but since it was high tide people weren’t allowed to go there at the time (but I can look at photos).


There’s also a reconstruction of a Dutch merchant ship. It is a memorial to Hendrick Hamel, who was shipwrecked on Jeju island in the 17th century. He was forced to stay in Korea for 13 years, and after he finally got out, he became the first non-Asian to write a book about Korea. The ship looked very touristy, and since I couldn’t visit the Yongmeori Coast because of the high tide, I felt it wasn’t worth paying admission to see the reconstructed ship (admission is combined).

I went up a steep set of stairs to one of South Korea’s largest cave temples – Sanbanggulsa – which is right in a cliff of Sanbangsan.


Once I started seeing interesting geological formations, I was near the cave.


Water drips from the ceiling of the cave, and is collected in a vessel, from which visitors may drink.

The little water drip in the ceiling of the cave.

The little water drip in the ceiling of the cave.

And of course, the cave has excellent views over the sea.



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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