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Jeongbang Waterfall: Dramatic cliffs and roaring water

The only waterfall in Korea to drop into the sea.

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Jeongbang Waterfall

Jeongbang Waterfall is one of Jeju Island’s most popular attractions. It’s famous for being the only waterfall in Korea that drops directly into the ocean.

It’s a beautiful site and, perhaps equally importantly, is situated on the coast of Seogwipo City, making it an extremely convenient place to visit for anyone staying in or visiting Jeju’s southern city.

The waterfall itself is an impressive site. It’s 23 meters tall, and the water pours off the vertical cliffs on the Seogwipo coast. Depending on rainfall around the time you visit, it can be either a single stream of water or multiple streams crashing over the cliff. It’s one of our favorite Jeju waterfalls.

The area at the bottom of the waterfall is just as eye-catching. It’s a small beach filled with large rocks that you have to climb over to get to the falls. It gives it the area an almost prehistoric atmosphere. Strike a post on a rock in front of the waterfall for an impressive picture of your Jeju trip.

How to Get to Jeongbang Waterfall?

Getting to Jeongbang Falls is super easy if you’re staying in or visiting Seogwipo. It’s on the coast of the old town so you may be able to walk if you’re in this area. If not, there’s a large car park at the waterfall or you can use Naver or Kakao Maps to find the best bus route from your location.

If you’re not staying in Seogwipo, then I’d recommend visiting Jeongbang Waterfall as part of a trip to the city. There are several other tourist attraction close by, so it makes sense to visit them all at once.

You can get to the waterfall in 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 Chilsipri-ro214beon-gil 37

Jeonbang Waterfall admission

Visiting Jeonbang Waterfall is very affordable. Admission costs just KRW 2,000 for adults over 25 and KRW 1,000 for those aged 7 to 24. There is also a discount for groups of over 10. Jeju residents with a valid resident’s card can get in for free.

The waterfall is open every day from 9 a.m. until 5.30 p.m. A visit won’t take long, 30 minutes should be enough for most people. It could take longer if you plan to eat some of the seafood that the Haenyeo divers sell next to the waterfall.

Visiting Jeonbang Waterfall

When you arrive at the car park, you’ll notice some souvenir shops, a cafe, and the ticket office. It’s a relatively small place so this is all easy to find. The attraction can get busy, but I’ve never not been able to get a parking spot.

Photo: The Jeongbang Waterfall ticket office and souvenir shops

First, buy the tickets from the ticket office at the entrance. You then access the waterfall by walking down the steps from the ticket office at the top of the cliff to the beach below.

After the first set of steps, you’ll have to show your ticket to the ticket officer. At this point, you’ll also get your first glimpse of the waterfall and the dramatic cliffs of the Seogwipo coast. You can also look out to sea to see Munseom Island, one of the small islands off the Seogwipo coast.

In my opinion, the best view of the area comes a little further down the stairs at the dedicated viewpoint. Here you’re a little closer to the waterfall and less obstructed by people handing in tickets.

As the viewpoint is just off the stairs, you won’t be obstructing people if you stop and grab some photos at this point.

At the bottom of the staircase, the first thing you’ll see is the Haenyeo divers selling fresh seafood.

These women divers collect seafood off the coast of Jeju without using any diving equipment. There are far fewer haenyeo divers nowadays so it’s nice to have a chance to see this unique part of Jeju culture.

As you can see in the image, they have bowls of various kinds of shellfish that they slice up and serve with spicy sauce. Talk about fresh!

After the stairs, there’s a short path to a spot quite close to the waterfall. It’s worth noting that if you want to get closer, you’ll have to navigate over some quite large rocks. Lots of people do it in a wide variety of footwear, but it can be challenging and I guess there’s a risk of falling, especially if it’s been raining and is slippy.

If you can, it’s worth getting close to the waterfall to hear the roar. As the area can be quite busy, you’ll need to get close if you want a photo without anyone else in it. I almost managed this in the image below. 😅

You’ll notice when I went that there were multiple streams of water. This is typically the case after heavy rain or in spring when the water is melting off Hallasan Mountain. In summer, it may not be pouring quite as heavily, although there is always water falling.

Other than Jeonbang Waterfall, the rocky beach hidden at the bottom of the cliffs make for quite a unique view. If you look out to sea, you can see Seopseom and Munseom Islands, two uninhabited islands off the coast of Jeju.

When you’re finished enjoying the sights, it’s time to head back up the stairs.

Jeongbang Waterfall GIF

At the top of the stairs, you’ll notice another souvenir shop and a restaurant selling ramyeon noodles. Either stop for a break or head to one of Seogwipo’s other spots!

Where to next?

Jeongbang Falls is easy to visit as part of a trip around Seogwipo. Here are some other sights to consider visiting next.

Cheonjiyeon Falls

Cheonjiyeon Waterfall
Photo: The hidden-paradise vibes of Cheonjiyeon Falls

Cheonjiyeon Falls is Seogwipo City’s other famous waterfall. The waterfall is slightly inland and is situated at the end of short path along a stream.

Find out more: Read more about Cheonjiyeon Falls

Saeseom Island and Saeyeongyo Bridge

Saeseom Island is a small island just off Seogwipo Port with a 1.2 km walking path through the island’s forest. Saeyeongyo Bridge is a sail-shaped structure that connects the island to Seogwipo City.

Seogwipo Maeil Olle Market

Seogwipo Maeil Olle Market is the traditional market in the center of Seogwipo City. At night it turns into a food market where you can try a variety of delicious treats like fried chicken, kimbap, or torched wraps.

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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.