Baksugijeong Cliff at Daepyeong-ri is Jeju’s Dover

Baksugijeong Cliff at Daepyeong-ri, Andeok-myeon, Seogwipo-si
Baksugijeong Cliff at Daepyeong-ri, Andeok-myeon, Seogwipo-si. For an enlarged view, click on the photo.

Geological quirks. They’re something that a relatively young volcanic entity like Jejudo Island has plenty to offer.

The most obvious, of course, is its 1,950m peak atop Hallasan Mountain. But there are hundreds of volcanic cones and other structures that appeared in untold eruptions over the millennia.

When it comes to coastal cliffs, though, you might have to think a bit harder.

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This magnificent view hasn’t changed in centuries. When do you think this photo was taken? Please leave a comment.

Admittedly there are many examples of famous cliffs from around the world. However, Jejudo Island is also the proud owner of a relatively diminutive (well, 100-meters-tall!) cliff wall along its southwest coast called Baksugijeong (“wide cliffs” in the Jeju language) that is very memorable indeed.

Did you know?

Jejudo Island was not formed “all at once.” Rather, it is the conglomeration of many volcanic events. 

Its overall geomorphologic features are divided by scientists into three main categories. 

1) Lava plateaus in the coastal areas
2) Hallasan Mountain, the shield volcano at the center of the island
3) The many volcanic cones and craters (“oreum” in the Jeju language) which surround Hallasan (and a few which have even been discovered submerged off the Jeju coast!)

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Daepyeong-ri, Andeok-myeon, is already a very pretty area. But with the cliffs framing the view, it’s a very pleasant place to relax and enjoy a coffee, or to walk between the Jeju Olle walking trails — the end of the 17.8-kilometer-long trail 8 and most of the 7.5-kilometer trail 9.

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What or who is she looking for?
A rice hot pot meal near the Daepyeong-ri port.
A rice hot pot meal near the Daepyeong-ri port.

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What a view to enjoy with a beverage!

img_20170103_131034The area has something for everyone, and the cliffs themselves are certain to amaze young and old – even those who’ve visited the place before.

We hope you’ll put it on your “to do” list of things for Jejudo Island!

 

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