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Exploring Jeju’s most famous waterfalls

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Despite having very few rivers, or at least those that aren’t dry, Jeju is known for its waterfalls. Many visitors make space for visiting at least one or two during their trip. This article will look at the five most well-known waterfalls on the island.

The first three on this are by far the most famous. Jeongbang and Cheonjiyeon Falls are located relatively close together in Seogwipo City and are fun spots for anyone staying in or visiting the area. Cheonjeyeon Falls is located further around the coast in Jungmun Tourist Complex, another popular area, and is highly recommended for anyone staying the area.

The final two are less popular but nonetheless can be fun places to visit if you find time in your trip.

Jeongbang Falls

Photo: Jeongbang Falls crashes into the sea on the Seogwipo coast

Jeongbang Falls is a 23-meter-high waterfall that crashes off the coastal cliffs of Seogwipo directly into the sea. It’s the only waterfall to drop right into the sea in the whole of Korea, making it a particularly unique site. The water flows all year round, although it’s especially impressive after heavy rainfall. The waterfall site is hidden at the bottom of the cliff, and it’s only possible to access via a steep set of stairs.

Address: Jeju-do Seogwipo-si Chilsipri-ro214beon-gil 37

Admission: KRW 2,000 for adults / KRW 1,000 for children. You buy your ticket at the ticket office and then show it to the ticket office at the top of the stairs.

Read our guide to Jeongbang Falls

Cheonjiyeon Falls

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Photo: Cheonjuyeon Falls on a clear day

Cheonjiyeon Falls is situated a short walk inland from Seogwipo Port. The walk from the ticket office to the waterfall is a relaxing 500-meter stroll next to the stream that ends at the waterfall, which falls into a pool from a height of 22 meters. The cliffs that surround the waterfall are covered in greenery, and there’s a popular photo spot to get the best snap of the attraction. Keep an eye out for the fish in the stream, which includes giant mottled eels. Visit the waterfall at night to see the area all lit up.

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

Opening Hours: 9 a.m. until 10 p.m. (Last entry 9.20 p.m.

Admission: KRW 2,000 for adults and KRW 1,000 for children

Read our guide to Cheonjiyeon Falls

Cheonjeyeon Falls

Cheonjeyeon Falls is a three-tier waterfall situated in Jungmun Tourist Complex. The first waterfall has an interesting cliff structure, but it only falls during rainfall. The most impressive waterfall is the second one. It’s hidden away in the trees and falls from 22 meters into an emerald pond. There’s a path between each of the waterfalls which goes through the forest surrounding in the area.

The area is also home to Seonimgyo Bridge, a red and white steel bridge adorned with seven nymphs. These magical creatures were said to come down to the area at night and swim in the waterfall’s pond. The bridge is a popular attraction in its own right, as it’s 120 meters long and reaches up to 78 meters high.

Address: Jeju-do Seogwipo-si Cheonjeyeon-ro 132

Opening Hours: 9 a.m. until 5:20 p.m.

Wonang Falls

Wonang Falls is a waterfall within Donnaeko Valley, a rocky river bed on the south side of Hallasan Mountain. Like most of the riverbeds around Jeju, Donnaeko is mostly dry, except for the oasis of Wonang Falls. Here the water pours down from a pool above into a pool below.

The pool is a popular swimming spot in summer because the shady area and icy water make the pool a great place to cool down. The area itself is a fun place to explore, and there is a path that takes users from the road through the forest to the pool.

Address: Jeju-do Seogwipo-si Donnaeko-ro 137

Eongto Falls

Eongto Falls is the final waterfall on our last. At 50 meters in height, it’s also by far the tallest waterfall, and it’s location hidden away in the forest surrounding Seogwipo makes it a beautiful sight. The issue is that the waterfall only appears after heavy rainfall, so you must get the timing right to view it. The waterfall’s location near to Seogwipo City means that visiting could be the silver lining to a rainy day.

Address: Jeju-do Seogwipo-si Gangjeong-dong 5628

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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.