What To Expect
En route, stop off at the road what the locals call "Dokkebidoro" or a more terrifying name "goblin's roads." It is a mysterious road where cars in neutral appear to go up a hill, as do bottles or any other easily rolled objects. In fact, the road has a 3 degree downward slant but looks to go uphill because of the surrounding terrain that creates the optical illusion. So, you will check whether the roads really go down.
Next up is Sanbangsan, a magnificent trachyte cone abruptly rising 395 meters by the sea that lacks 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 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.
You stop off at 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.
Explore Seongeup folk village which was once a hub of local administration in the period of Goryeo dynasty (918-1392) and where nearly 400 traditional thatched houses are still fully functioning. Standing tall near the entrance to the village are about 1,000-year-old Zelkova tree and 600-year-old hackberry trees that may well speak to the village history. Scattered among the village are many houses that you can enter yourself and look around. Jeongnang gates are some of good examples that represent a beautiful tradition and culture of this friendly people with No Thief, No Beggar, and No Gate. Water pots set in bamboo baskets, which were carried by women on their backs, and huge jars to keep the water from a distance are on display along with an idea of harvesting rainwater from the trees. Tongsi is a combination of a traditional outhouse privy, pigpen and manure factory. Although they have now disappeared, you will see a duplicate of Tongsi that was still used a few short decades ago. While not overly exciting, the tour gives you a chance to get a glimpse into some of Jeju's unique culture.
After exploring the village, your tour continues to Seongsan Ilchulbong, another UNESCO site, known as Sunrise Peak. It is the island's largest volcanic rock cone surrounded on three sides by the ocean rising 182 meters strait from the water. Your adventure begins by climbing this steep cone up to the spectacular crater surrounded by 99 basalt pinnacles which looks like crown from a distance and reflects marvelous scenery.
Lastly, you will explore Manjang Cave, the world's longest lava tube which has a known length of 13.4 kilometers. Be prepared for the damp and the difference in temperature. On entering the cave, you are likely to be greeted by a cold breeze oozing out of the lava tubes, and the cave's ceiling tends to drip at times. Although the floor is full of puddles and the lighting inside is dim, you can easily cover up to 1 kilometer by walk, exploring the weirdly shaped stalactites, stalagmites, flow ledges and finally lava stone pillar. One of the major attractions inside the cave is the Stone Turtle, which many believe is shaped like Jejudo.
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