What To Expect
Your packed day will begin with Hyeopjae beach where you will see jade-green color sea creating a location of picture-postcard beauty especially with the striking view of Biyangdo off the coast. Near the beach is Hallim Park, a subtropical botanical garden offering a variety of experiences. The park holds many exotic flowers and plants, as well as colorful cacti and fruit trees. Two mysterious caves are located inside the park and you will explore one of the few lava tubes in the world having stalagmites and stalactites.
Next up is Sanbangsan, a magnificent trachyte cone abruptly rising 395 meters by the sea that lacks a crater on its summit. As you approach, you will enjoy a breathtaking view of sheer rock of this mysterious hump in the distance. There are lovely temples on the lower grounds with a golden Buddha statue and a series of prayer wheels. A short climb up the steep slopes of Sanbangsan brings you to the tiny cubbyhole of the 10-meter cave with a small pool and a stone Buddha surrounded by burning candles. The grotto's aura is enchanting with the welcoming scent of incense hanging heavily and the sound of water steadily dripping into the pool. The views from the grotto over the coastal fields, offshore islands, and the ocean are absolutely stunning.
Tide permitting, you will also explore Yongmeori Coast, a tuff ring outcropping into the sea showing the sedimentary structure of volcanic ash that was formed from hydrovolcanic eruptions. Following a steep natural staircase down, you will come across the rippled cliffs of brown and gray stone appeared to undulate towards and away from you. The contours of the high cliffs are unique, and their appearance is also interesting. This rare cliff formation along the coastal line, taking a shape of a dragon with its head up plunging into the ocean, offers a fascinating view with its seaside promenade of soaring, weather-blown cliffs along with the sea caves, vertical joints, bluffs and hollows. The Dutch ship was wrecked nearby coastal waters on August 16, 1653 and of the 64 crew members only 36 survived. A duplicate of Dutch East India Company VOC-ship, the Sperwer with its rare exhibits, is on display on the dry land and the Hendrick Hamel Monument was erected where he came ashore. He was the first Western to write about Korea "The Journal of Hendrick Hamel" the improbable adventures of the surviving crew members of the Sperwer, giving the first detailed description of Korea that was unknown land to Europe.
Next, the tour moves to Cheonjeyeon Waterfall cascading in three different stages. The first waterfall cascades down a cliff 22 meters and plunges into a deep Cheonjeyeon pond from where water goes to the second waterfall and falls 30 meters and continues to the third waterfall. Up from Cheonjeyon Falls is a large arch bridge, having 7 fairies carved on the side, allowing visitors a spectacular view of the falls. During the winter months, this waterfall may be nothing more than a mere trickle, but the view is still beautiful.
A short ride from the fall is Jisatgae, the spectacular 1 kilometer stretch of coastline with hexagonal rock columns, bizarre formations resulted from rapid cooling and contraction of lava. The surging waves crashing into the rocks are remarkably refreshing.
After the tour, you head on to Oedolgae to see a needle rock topped with pine trees standing alone off the cliffy coast that creates stunning scenery. You will also see Cheonjiyeon waterfall, which involves a short walk through lovely woods, cascading down a cliff 22 meters into a tropical pool inhabited by giant eels, and surrounded by lush vegetation. Though they sound similar, they have two different scenic pictures to offer.
Lastly, we will explore Cheonjiyeon Waterfall, cascading down a cliff 22m high and 12m wide into a pool inhabited by giant eels and surrounded by lush vegetation. The tour involves a short walk through subtropical woods, the home to more than 400 individual species of plants and animals.
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