Explore the emerald coast
Traveling northeast Jeju on bus 701
Jeju Island is very beautiful and though the logistics of getting from place to place is sometimes not so straightforward for travelers using public transportation, there are routes that will take you all around the island. The 701 bus route along the northeast coast is both picturesque and surprisingly not as crowded with travelers as you might think. As as result, you can relax a bit more and just see where the bus takes you!
Hwabuk Hwanhae Great Wall
For visitors to Jeju who begin exploring the island for the first time, it’s often the case that Samyang Black Sand Beach is the first coastal destination they set out for. It is very close to Jeju City in addition to being an area with plenty of historical sites. Jeju Olle Walking Trail No. 18 passes along the shore, making it a convenient way to get around on foot.
The Hwanhae Great Wall was constructed during the Goryeo Dynasty as a defense against waves of invading Mongolian forces on the Korean peninsula and Jeju Island. There were special units of volunteers and professional fighters in this area of Samyang-dong who from about 1270 were mobilized and manning this wall right through to the Joseon era.
The wall extends some 120 kilometers along the island’s coast, though now it is only intact in certain areas such as Sinsan, Onpyeong, and Aewol. The rest of the wall has either been dismantled or is covered in vines and moss.
Hwabuk Hwanhae Great Wall 1537 Hwabuk 1-dong, Jeju-si From Jeju City Intercity Bus Terminal take bus 701 and get off at the Hwabuk Nammun bus stop. Total travel time is about 17 minutes. Free parking available
The atmosphere you get at Hamdeok’s beachfront is probably closest to what you’d think of as a classic summer seaside destination. Jeju Olle Walking Trail No. 19 stretches along this part of the coast. The beach itself is known as Hamdeok Seoubong Beach because Seoubong Peak, a small volcanic cone along the shore stops the beachfront from the east.
The beach itself is blessed with dazzlingly transparent water. It’s mostly shallow so families can swim together safely. The beach also has lovely large park, restaurants, cafes and facilities for swimmers like large change rooms, showers, and washrooms. There is ample parking and the 701 has a stop conveniently located right at the entrance to the beach parking. You can’t see it, but you can smell the ocean as soon as you step off the bus.
Hamdeok Seoubong Beach 1008 Hamdeok-ri, Jocheon-eup, Jeju-si Daily 10:00~19:00 From Jeju City Intercity Bus Terminal take bus 710 and get off at the Hamdeok Seoubong Beach bus stop. Total travel time from the city is 38 minutes. Free parking available
This volcanic cone borders Hamdeok Beach to the east. The ridges of this cone-shaped volcanic edifice form two large peaks. A lava boulder is exposed (called ‘Namseomo’) at the top of the southern peak, which is covered in a forest of trees and thickets. The northern peak is a cinder cone made up of scoria, and the top has been taken off, revealing wide grassland and a refreshing view.
The northern slope is very steep and the foot of the cliff has caves (approximately 20 throughout Bukchon’s Haedong Beach) facing the ocean that were built by Japanese soldiers during the Japanese occupation. At the midway point of the eastern slope is a cave full of water. The summit of the volcanic cone is covered in a forest of pine trees, and all slopes of the volcanic cone have been turned into terraced farmland.
From Sehwa Port the first thing you’ll see is a beautiful view of a lighthouse, seawalls, and the blue ocean spread out before you. The wind turbines and the sunset are another sight to see along the Sehwa Coastal Road. There are plenty of great coastal cafes and restaurants for travelers to enjoy. Small shops and cafes sell souvenir candles, postcards and other items for you to remember your visit to Sehwa. That and the beautiful views which you can capture with your phone or camera. It’s a guaranteed great shot every time!
If you visit Sehwa on a Saturday, make sure to check out their local flea market (or Bellongjang) from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. There are a wide range of handmade items and handicrafts by locals and artists.
Sehwa Beach Sehwa-gil, Gujwa-eup, Jeju-si Daily 10:00~19:00 From Jeju City Intercity Bus Terminal take bus 710 and get off at the Sehwa-ri bus stop. Total travel time is about 1 hour and 23 minutes. Free parking available
Bus trips on Jeju have a lot to offer travelers by way of beautiful sights and relatively short distances. The open ocean and Hallasan Mountain at the center of the island, are for the most part just a glimpse away. But along the 701 bus route at the far east of the island is perhaps the most picturesque destination of them all… Seongsan Ilchulbong, which rises majestically from the sea and is one of the island’s greatest geological and cultural treasures.
Seongsan Ilchulbong Peak, which is 180-meters above sea level, erupted underwater in the ocean about 5,000 years ago, which makes it a very rare case among the many craters in Jejudo Island.
The site is so popular that over the years its tourism infrastructure has been built up and well developed. There is plenty of parking and places for visitors to rest and eat while in the area.The vicinity is also blessed with many lovely beaches and areas to explore along the east coast. For example, there is unique scenery at low tide along Gwangchigi Beach opposite Seongsan Ilchulbong, which since 2007 has been a designated UNESCO World Natural Heritage site.
Seongsan Ilchulbong 284-12 Ilchul-ro, Seongsan-eup, Seogwipo-si Daily 10:00~19:00 Adults: 2,000 won, Children: 1,000 won From Jeju City Intercity Bus Terminal take bus 710 and get off at the Ilchulbong Entrance bus stop. Total travel time from Jeju City is about 1 hour and 44 minutes. Free parking available Web: http://jejuwnh.jeju.go.kr/contents/index.php?mid=0202
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Samyang Black Sand Beach Samyang 2-dong, Jeju-si Daily 09:00 ~ 18:00 From Jeju City Intercity Bus Terminal take bus 701 and get off at the Samyang Elementary School bus stop. Travel time is about 38 minutes. Free parking available
Gimnyeong Seongsegi Beach Gimnyeong-ri, Gujwa-eup, Jeju-si Daily 10:00 ~ 19:00BusFrom Jeju City Intercity Bus Terminal take bus 701 and get off at the Gimnyeong Seongsegi Beach bus stop. Total travel time from the city is about 1 hour and 5 minutes. Free parking available
Gwangchigi Beach Ojo-ri, Seongsan-eup, Seogwipo-si Open dailyBusFrom Jeju City Intercity Bus Terminal take bus 701 and get off at the Gwangchigi Beach bus stop. Total travel time is about 1 hour and 16 minutes from Jeju City. Free parking available
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