Earlier this year, a large-scale breakwater protecting the Jeju Civilian-Military Complex Port at Gangjeong, Seogwipo, opened a public walking path called “Haeoreum Noeul-gil” on the 1.5-kilometer structure.
Along the route are colorfully painted murals, photo spots, and helpful signs (in Korean) detailing the history of the Gangjeong area. Another set of informative signs indicate when and where the sun and moon rise and set in Seogwipo.
A lighthouse-shaped observatory about half way along the walking course is especially helpful to take in this lovely stretch of Seogwipo’s coastline.
Hallasan Mountain stands majestically to the north and frames a panoramic view of Seogwipo City and Jeju World Cup Stadium, while to the east are Beomseom and Munseom Islets. To the west you can spot Sanbangsan Mountain and Marado Island, among others, and of course to the south, a lovely view of the South Sea.
The roundtrip distance of Haeoreum Noeul-gil is 3.2 kilometers, or about an hour’s walk. It is free of charge and open between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. daily, though if the weather is poor it may be closed for safety reasons.
Please note that due to design constraints, there are sections which are not easily accessible by visitors unable to use stairs. Photography of the naval base to the north of the walking route is prohibited. Areas where photography is permitted are indicated along the route, so please take care to follow these rules as the breakwater is monitored by CCTV.
Back at Gangjeong Port, there is a cafe on the second floor of the cruise terminal that is operated by the Gangjeong Village Association. If you take a photo of yourself atop the observatory on the breakwater, and at the far end of the route, you can get a discount on a coffee or beverage.
Please note: During the COVID-19 pandemic, traveling to Jeju is problematic. In the meantime, we are highlighting some of the island’s attractions. We sincerely hope you will visit Jeju once it is safe to do so.
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