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Cheonjiyeon Waterfall: Short, relaxing walk with lush views

Beautiful waterfall on the Seogwipo Coast.

Nature | Recommended | Seogwipo City

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Cheonjiyeon Waterfall is a beautiful spot in Seogwipo City. It’s one of Jeju Island’s most famous waterfalls and one of its more famous sites in general. It’s also a must-visit activity on any trip to Seogwipo.

Cheonjiyeon Falls is a 22-meter-high fall. The water drops into a wide emerald pool that is surrounded by cliffs and overgrown with trees and greenery. This definitely gives the area hidden-paradise-like vibes, although it’s quite busy which certainly impacts the illusion.

The waterfall comes at the end of a short river walk. It’s around 500 meters and well-paved, making it very accessible. Meanwhile the natural scenery makes it a relaxing experience.

How to get to Cheonjiyeon Waterfall

Cheonjiyeon Waterfall is extremely accessible. It’s situated on the Seogwipo City coast near to the harbor making it an easy trip for anyone staying in the old part of town. There’s also a large car park and a bus stop meaning people staying further away should have no problem getting to the area.

Getting to the waterfall takes around an hour by car from Jeju City, 35 minutes from Jungmun Tourist Complex, and 45 minutes from Shinhwa World.

Address: Jeju-do Seogwipo-si Namseongjung-ro 2-9

Cheonjiyeon Waterfall Admission

Admission to Cheonjiyeon Waterfall costs KRW 2,000 for adults and KRW 1,000 for children and youths aged 7 to 24. There is a KRW 400 discount per person for groups, and Jeju residents with a valid resident ID can access the waterfall for free.

The area is open from 9 a.m. until 10 p.m. with last entry at 9.20 p.m. Expect to spend around 30 to 45 minutes visiting the waterfall, depending on how fast you are at walking, how many photos you take, and whether you stop to explore the souvenir shops.

Cheonjiyeon Waterfall Admission

Visiting Cheonjiyeon Waterfall

When you arrive at the car park you’ll notice an area with cafes, restaurants and souvenir shops. The ticket office is at the end of this row, and you’ll need to buy a ticket before heading into the main area.

Photo: Cheonjiyeon Waterfall car park.

The walk starts with a bridge over the river that the waterfall flows into. When I went the river was covered in vegetation giving it a very lush look.

Cheonjiyeon River view
Photo: Views at the start of the walk to Cheonjiyeon Waterfall.

At the end of the bridge is a dolharubang statue, the perfect place to get a photo.

Cheonjiyeon falls dolharubang
Photo: Don’t miss all the mini statues in the background.

You’ll also see another souvenir shop here. This is one of the larger shops that you’ll find at a tourist destination, so it’s worth picking up some mementos if you haven’t done so already.

The shop sells traditional goods like Dolharubang Statues and bags, as well as more modern treats like branded beer glasses, candles, and even ramen noodles. When I went, I grabbed some Jeju-themed beer glasses and black pork instant noodles.

Cheonjiyeon falls souvenir shop
Photo: One of the larger souvenir shops at a big Jeju attraction.

The walk from here to the waterfall is just a few hundred meters along a path that goes next to the river. It’s really well paved and most people won’t have any trouble making the journey. it’s almost the polar opposite of the steep steps and rocky beach found at Jeongbang waterfall.

As you walk, keep an eye out for the area’s wildlife. You’ll notice ducks swimming in the stream. Under the water, you’ll see fish, including giant mottled eels, which have shiny skin that reflect the sunlight back at you.

When I went at the end of March, the area’s cherry blossom trees were blooming, so I get a couple of nice photos of the delicate flowers.

Photo: Cherry Blossom Blooms on Jeju at the end of March/early April

You’ll soon hit the waterfall itself. The 22-meter-high falls crashing into the deep pool below is one of Jeju’s most beautiful sites. If you go after heavy rain or in early spring when the snow is melting off Hallasan Mountain, you may see multiple streams of water pouring off the cliff.

Cheonjiyeon waterfall
Photo: Multiple streams of water crashing into the emerald pool.

At this point, be sure to walk to the end of the path and take a photo with the waterfall in the background. Just be aware that you may have to be patient, as the area can get very busy. When I went there was a boys high school visiting from mainland Korea, meaning there were a lot of people trying to get photos.

I visited the waterfall during the day, but it’s open until 10 p.m. If you visit after sunset, you’ll see the area all lit up, which can be a sight to remember.

On the way back you walk along the opposite side of the river. Here you’ll see a photo zone where you grab another picture to add to your collection.

Photo: Photo zone at the end of the path.

The final challenge is navigating the stepping stones before the exit. What the below photo doesn’t show is that there’s a regular paved bridge right next to these stones.

Cheonjiyeon stepping stones
Photo: The stepping stone path. Nothing too hard, right?

Where to Next?

Cheonjiyeon Falls’s location on the Seogwipo City coast makes it the perfect addition to any tour of the city. Here are some other spots to consider visiting.

Jeongbang Falls

Jeongbang Falls
Photo: Jeongbang Falls crashing into the ocean.

Jeongbang Falls is 2.2 km from Cheonjiyeon Falls. It’s Seogwipo City’s other famous waterfall, and is known as being the only place in Korea where the waterfalls directly into the sea.

Next up: All you need to know about visiting Jeongbang Waterfall

Saeseom Island and Saeyeongyo Bridge

Saeseom Island is a small island just off Seogwipo Port. There’s a 1.2 km walking path that goes around the island. The island is connected to Seogwipo by Saeyeongyo Bridge, a giant sail-shaped structure that gets lit up at night.

Oedolgae Rock

Oedolgae Rock is a 20-meter-high stone structure in the ocean off the Seogwipo Coast. The area has a nice walking path with stunning views of the Seogwipo Cliffs, which is part of Olle Trail 7, and is home to Hwanguji Natural Pools, a rock pool known as being a fun place to swim in summer.

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Duncan Elder

Duncan first came to Jeju in 2011. The plan was to stay for six months. 11 years later, he's still here and enjoys sharing his knowledge of the island on Inside Jeju.