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Seongsan Ilchulbong Sunrise Peak

Known as the Seongsan Sunrise Peak 성산일출봉, a UNESCO Heritage Site, this place is a must-go for those visiting Jeju Island. Many says that it is the ideal place to view the sunrise. It is located on the eastern of Jeju island and famous for its bowl-like crater at the top

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I am not a morning person, nor a sunrise person. So coming here at 9AM in the morning, obviously there would be no sunrise. However the view was still breathtaking enough to amaze me. Being greedy wanting to see more, I climbed a little bit higher but had to stop until the staircase.

Together with us, there were other visitors and most of them are the students who come here for a school trip. I believe if I climbed up, I’ll be able to see the fantastic view of the crater.

The crater is about 600m in diameter and 90m high. It is formed about 5000 years ago by the hydrovolcanic eruption. Surrounded by 99 sharp rocks around the crater, Seongsan Ilchubong looks like a gigantic crown. 

Long way to go to the top

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It is really unfortunate that I could not climb up till the end because of the limited time given by the tour leader. For me, even by not going up to see the crater and the sunrise, it is the most picturesque place in the island. As one of the brand new 7 Wonders of Nature, Seongsan Ichulbong made it to the top list of places that visitors must go in Jeju.

Admission: 

  • Individual 2,000KRW / Youth 1,000KRW / Children 1,000KRW
  • Group (over 10) 1,200KRW / Youth 600KRW / Children 600KRW

How to go there (according to english.visitkorea.or.kr) :

  1. Take a direct bus at Jeju Intercity Bus Terminal and get off at Seongsalliipgu bus stop. Travelling time is 2 hours.
  2. Take a direct bus from Seogwipo Intercity Bus Terminal and get off at Seongsalliipgu bus stop. Travelling time is 2 hours and 30 minutes.

At Seongsalliipgu bus stop, you will be able to see the peak. Just walk to the peak about 1km away.

Address: 284-12, Ilchul-ro, Seongsan-eup, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do 제주특별자치도 서귀포시 성산읍 일출로 284-12

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