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Jeju Island is a small paradise where most people will come to enjoy a brief getaway from the crowded cities of South Korea, and Jeongbang Falls is definitely in their itinerary. If you are wondering which Jeju Island attraction you should explore first, Jeongbang Falls is a great start. Afterall, Jeongbang Falls is one of the three most famous waterfalls and one of ten greatest scenic wonders in Jeju Island. It is also Asia's only waterfall that falls right on the ocean nearby it.
Fascinating Things to Know About Jeongbang Falls
An attraction will definitely have more appeal if it have some mythical or folktales behind it, and apparently Jeongbang Falls have two of them. There's a folklore that have been going on for centuries that a holy dragon lived underneath the sheltered cove where Jeongbang water falls unto. The dragon possess a healing power that is seeping into the falls' water. It is believed that the water can cure all kind of diseases, it can also bring forth rain during drought. Another legend mentioned that a Chinese emperor called Emperor Qin Shin Huang from Qin Dynasty sent his loyal servant named Seobul to fetch him a magical herb grew in Mount Hallasan that can grant its possessor an eternal youth. Shortly speaking, Seobul couldn't find the herb and decided to travel back to China. On his way home, he stumbled upon the gorgeous Jeongbang Falls in which he engraved his name on the cliff wall. It was written 'Seobul Gwaji' which means 'Seobul was here'. The inscription is sadly is no longer remain in present day.
While Jeongbang Falls is often promoted as the only waterfall in Asia that is directly falls to the ocean, the claim is actually quite inaccurate. It actually falls on a small cove bordered by numerous large and small rocks. If you want to take a closer look to the waterfall, you can climb down from the cliff to the rocky area. But be careful! Some rocks are slippery, hence you'll need rubber boots or similar type of shoes that can prevent you from slipping. The place is particularly popular in Summer.
Many women (some are even middle-aged ladies) in Jeju Island are Haenyeo, the famed traditional sea divers that is also the main attraction in Jeju Island. These women will dive into the sea to harvest shellfishes that you can bought directly from them. They usually serve fresh abalone with garlic slices and hot pepper paste. If you want to taste some unique Jeju Island cuisine, it is a great choice for you. Just take a sit on the nearby rock and enjoy the local delicacy while gazing at the ocean.
Don't spend all day long in Jeongbang Falls, you should spare enough time to also visit Cheonjiyeon Falls located just 10 minutes away from the waterfall. Also considered as one of Jeju's most scenic waterfalls, Cheonjiyeon Falls will fascinate you with its 22 meters high cascade. The entire walk to the waterfall is also enjoyable, your eyes will be pampered with a view of lush green with clear pond with wide variety of koi fishes and marbled eels swim freely, while ducks are wading the water peacefully. The most popular point in Cheonjiyeon Falls is a natural bridgeformed large volcanic rocks nearby the waterfalls , where people will stand there and grab their camera and smartphones to take selfies.
Jeju Island boast so many attractions that it is not enough to explore the entire island in just a day. If you're planning to visit Jeongbang Falls and other attractions in Jeju Island, why don't you stay overnight in Tae Gong Gak Inn and Guesthouse. Tae Gong Gak Inn and Guesthouse is a perfect place for you especially it offer an overview of Cheonjiyeon Falls, and on the other side Seogwipo Harbor, the South Sea, and Mount Hallasan. Jeongbang Falls is also just few minutes away from the Inn. It boast 15 rooms with maximum occupancy up to 50 people.
Looking for a more sophisticated place that serve shellfishes and seafood located nearby Jeongbang Falls? Come to Jinju Sikdang. Located in Cheonji-dong 314-7, Jinju Sikdang is one of the best restaurants in Seogwipo. It is widely popular for its seafood cuisine, its Obunjak (some kind of shellfish stew) is worth to try! You don't have to worry much about the prices, as the restaurant offer all its seafood delicacies in affordable prices.
How to Get Tickets?
To enter Jeongbang Falls and enjoy its beauty, you must pay admission fee for about 2,000 won for adults ($1.80) and 1,000 won ($90) for children. You'll get even cheaper deal if you come in a group of 10 people or more. For a group, each adult will only have to pay 1,600 won ($1.44) and 600 won ($54) for children.
How To Get Around?
The easiest way to get around from Jeongbang Falls to each attraction nearby is by hailing a taxi. Alternatively you can also take Intercity Bus, though you will have to pay close attention to its schedule.
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Best Time to Visit
Summer is the most popular season to visit Jeongbang Falls. If you want to enjoy the beauty of Jeongbang Falls without dealing with too many crowds, try coming in Spring. The weather is not that cold and there will be less tourists coming to the Falls.
Will I Need a Guide?
No, a guide won't be necessary. Afterall you can get all informations you need about Jeongbang Falls in this website.
How To Get There?
If you want to visit Jeongbang Falls directly from the airport, take Limousine Bus No. 600 from Jeju Airport and alight at Paradise Hotel. You only need 5 minutes walk from the hotel by following the road signs to Jeongbang Falls. If you're from Jeju Intercity Bus Terminal. Take Intercity Bus no. 780 or 730 to Seogwipo. Get off at Dongmun Rotary and walk to the Falls from there.
Just 300 meter to the East from Jeongbang Falls is a smaller waterfall called Sojeongbang Waterfall. Compare to its bigger counterpart, this small waterfall is less known of hence there will be less crowds there as well. Take time to visit the mini waterfall too during your visit to Jeongbang Falls!