Warning: This is a long post!
Covering these three important travel destinations in a single post — and in a single day — may seem like a lot. But looks can be deceiving! These are short jaunts that only take 30 or 40 minutes each. If you are in shape, and the weather is fine, you’ll also be fine. We recently embarked on this journey to document the do’s and don’ts of the trip. We hope you’ll find it useful.
(As an aside, when we were at Seogwipo Port, we spotted quite a few travelers doing the exact route detailed here.)
From Jeju International Airport, it takes about an hour and 15 minutes to get to Seogwipo Port on bus 600 (passing through the Jungmun Tourist Complex). The fare is 5,500 won one-way and it runs every 20 minutes from the top of the hour beginning at 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. or so.
Tip: Click on any of the photos below for a larger view.
When you arrive at the Seogwipo Port bus stop there is an easy 10 minute walk to the inner harbor at Seogwipo Port where you’ll find the very large parking lot to Cheonjiyeon Falls.
If you’re on foot, you’ll find a public restroom (it’s a long bus ride, after all) and at least three convenience stores. There are many restaurants along the way (the road is called Chilsimni Food Street) serving seafood (again, it’s right next to a working fishing harbor) Chinese food, and traditional “hangover soup” (haejangguk).
Tip: Here’s how to make the most of the new Jeju bus system: www.visitjeju.net/u/2sI
If you begin your walk with Oedolgae Rock in mind, there is a short hike beginning at the Cheonjiyeon Falls parking lot to get to Oedolgae. It’s a pleasant trail called the Trail of Artists (Utopia Road) which takes you up some stairs, through the forest valley.
You’ll soon arrive at a small public park called Seogwipo Chilsimri Poetry Park. Follow the road along this park (Namseongjung-ro) and you’ll see a small intersection with a tree in the center. This is where the Jeju Olle Walking Trail No. 6 will take you to Oedolgae Rock along the coast.
Oedolgae Rock (a 20-meter-tall sea stack with a rich mythology mixed in with actual historical events) More info: www.visitjeju.net/u/2bT Olle Trail No. 6 (one of the trail systems more popular and beautiful treks along the southern coast) More info: www.visitjeju.net/u/2es
To return to the port for the second stage of your walk, just follow the same trail and road back, but instead of taking the stairs down the Trail of Artists, follow the sidewalk down the steep, windy road.
The route is very picturesque, guaranteeing you great photos if the weather is good. The sidewalk itself is well built and safe to walk. At the bottom you’ll spot Saeyeon Bridge. You can’t miss it!
Saeyeon Bridge (169 meters long, 45 meters tall) connects Saeseom Island with Seogwipo Port. It is one of the city’s most iconic landmarks. Built in 2009, its design is based on the tewoo, a small traditional fishing vessel unique to Jeju. Doesn’t it have the look and feel of a ship?
From here, you can begin your exploration of Saeseom Island. It was once inhabited, but now it is a small park for Seogwipo citizens. It has a trail around it which people enjoy walking, especially in the summer season when the cool night breeze is refreshing.
The path around the small island park is very pleasant. There are trees which provide shade and the ocean breeze to keep you cool, even in the mid-day sun.
Plenty of benches and other spots are available for taking a rest, picnics (please bring all your trash out with you) and photo zones. More info: www.visitjeju.net/u/2bR
If Cheonjiyeon Falls is your final stop of the day, then again a short walk is all it takes to traverse the west side of the port. You’ll be able to spot the Cheonjiyeon Falls parking lot from the Saeyeon Bridge parking lot.
UNESCO World Natural Heritage site Cheonjiyeon Waterfalls (22m tall, 12m wide) is spectacular after a good rain. The mild climate of the valley that it shaped is filled with large subtropical forest trees and a naturally dense undergrowth that is home to many species of birds, mammals and insects.
The entire protected area, designated Natural Monument No. 379, is over 46,000 m2. More info: www.visitjeju.net/u/2bS
Congratulations on visiting all three must-see destinations at Seogwipo Port! Now it’s time to return to Jeju City. If you want to take bus 600 again, you can wait for bus 641 or 642 in the parking lot of Cheonjiyeon or walk the 10-minutes back to the Seogwipo Port bus stop (around the corner from the stop you arrived at).
The stop isn’t marked with bus numbers, but the circular sign marked “Seogwipo Port” is where you should wait. Be careful to make sure the driver sees you, because it is a sharp turn and there is a chance you might miss the bus. If you do miss the bus, you can take bus 642 from that stop to Seogwipo Intercity Bus Terminal and catch the 600 from there.
Another option (which is quicker and cheaper) is to take bus 641 to Dongmun Rotary (it’s not far, perhaps 5 minutes), then cross the street and make the (free) transfer to bus 281. It will take you over Hallasan Mountain and drop you at the final stop at Jeju Intercity Bus Terminal. There are plenty of connecting buses from there.
Have a lovely day, and remember to bring a hat, lots of water, and apply sunscreen!
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