Friday, December 28, 2012

Seongsan Ilchulbong aka Sunrise Peak

After our visit to Jeju Hanyeo Museum (check here for the post), now is the exercising Seongsan Ilchulbong, also called ‘Seongsan Sunrise Peak’. 

Fatty like me..really need more exercising..I really panting like mad when climbing up. And it's so embarrassing that an old uncle in our tour group even climbed faster than me and he doesn't look tired at all when he reached the peak..-_-"'
Seongsan Ilchulbong Signboard
Seongsan Ilchulbong peak rose from under the sea in a volcanic eruption over 100,000 years ago. Located at the eastern end of Jejudo Island, there is a huge crater at the top of Seongsan Ilchulbong Peak.
Seongsan Ilchulbong is the one in red circle on right of the map
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.

Seongsan Ilchulbong is one of the most famous landmarks in Jeju Island and listed in UNESCO World Heritage site
UNESCO World Heritage
Boyfie at the UNESCO World Heritage sign
At the bottom of the peak, there are few shops selling souvenirs and food.
Shops at the bottom of the Angel-in-us Coffee
Behind boyfie is the Seongsan Peak..see how high up we have to climb

And..did you spot the 2 figurines behind? That is the volcanic stones and the figurines are called Dol harubang (Dol means stone/rock and harubang means grandfather).
On the way up..
The first rest stop area while climbing up..
There is a small stall selling drinks and souvenirs on the way up
See how nice the scenery...this is half way up only
So nice scenery..worth my effort to climb up
I still can see my face is so damn tired dee
So windy..but still need a shot of us to prove that we made it :-)
Final part before reaching the peak - Steep staircases
At the top of the peak - you can see the grassy view at one side
At the other side of the peak, you can see the magnificent Jeju view
Once you get down the peak, go to the souvenir shop opposite the road and get their unique Jeju Orange White chocolate. This chocolate is unique as you really can see pure orange inside, unlike other ordinary chocolates sold in Jeju island.
Jeju Orange White chocolate
Lastly, checkout a video that promotes Seongsan Ilchubong:

284-12, Ilchul-ro, Seongsan-eup, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do
Tel: +82-64-710-6655~6

Admission Fees: KRW 2,000 for adult (~MYR 6)

At the 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 hrs 30min)

At Seongsallipgu bus stop, you will see Seongsan Ilchulbong Peak. Walk to the peak (about 1km).

*Check here for the summary of my 2012 Korea+Jeju Trip itinerary.

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