[Walk With Me] Oedolgae, Saeyeon Bridge, Saeseom Island, Cheonjiyeon Waterfall, all within easy walking distance

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.)

So, come walk with me, won’t you? Oedolgae Rock, Saeyeon Bridge, Saeseom Island, and UNESCO World Natural Heritage Cheonjiyeon Waterfalls are all within easy walking distance.

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.

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This bus stop is on the far end (turn right if you’re exiting the front entrance) of the airport.

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The stop for Seogwipo Port is #30.
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View from the Seogwipo Port bus stop. The Falls are about a 10 minute walk in this direction.

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

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As you walk towards the Falls, you’ll see the inner harbor and a bridge.
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The large parking lot for Cheonjiyeon Falls is a good landmark for your day out. From here you can see Saeyeon Bridge.
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Tip: Stop by the TIC here and grab a map. The helpful staff speak English.
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Staff at the TIC will help you plan your walk.

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. 

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The start to this trail to Oedolgae is next to the bus stop and convenience store on the south side of the parking lot. Keep an eye out for this sign.

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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. 

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After climbing the stairs, you’ll immediately see this intersection at the large palm tree in the center of the photo. You can walk to the left to get to Oedolgae on this road. To the right is the windy road down to Saeyeon Bridge.
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A beautiful sight with Oedolgae Rock and Beomseom Islet in the background.
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. 

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You’ll want to take some panorama shots from along the road down to the bridge.

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! 

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This shortcut at the bottom of the windy road will take you past the area’s Geopark Information Center. They are very friendly.
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Jeju became part of the Global Geoparks Network in 2010.

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? 

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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. 

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Entrance to Saeseom Park after crossing the bridge.

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Munseom Islet

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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.

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Point of reference: The road and intersection across the harbor (pictured above right) is where you catch the bus back to Jeju City.

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

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View of the bridge as you walk back towards the parking lot at Cheonjiyeon Falls.

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. 

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The 22-meter-tall falls were named a UNESCO World Natural Heritage in 2007.

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.

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The lush valley is a venue for musical performances in the summer as well.

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Wildlife thrive here, including ducks (see here) and other birds, mammals, insects and fish.
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Tickets are purchased at the entrance and checked here.

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Grandfather statues called Dolhareubang.

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). 

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Cheonjiyeon Falls bus stop. This is where you can catch a local bus to transfer to bus 600 if you don’t want to walk back to the main bus stop.
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The bus stop at World Cup Stadium (indicated here) is where you can transfer to bus 600. Sadly, there is no English signage at this stop, but on the bus there is an electronic sign announcing the next stops on-screen in various languages.

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. 

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The bus stop for No. 600 back to Jeju City. Just around the corner to the left is where you got off the bus earlier in the day. Straight ahead is Saeseom Islet, where we took a photo earlier.

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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