Tour course : San-Gumburi -> Seongsan-Ilchulbong -> Seopji-koji


by Joong gon Lim

San-Gumburi is the government-designated Cultural Properties Natural Monument No. 264. Along with the approximately 360 parasitic volcanic cones(maar) in Jeju Island, it exploded under a geological bridge, erupting many times without any further explosions, and formed a crater with a hole. The area inside the crater is 300,000㎡ with an inside bottom circumference of 756m, an outer circumference of 2,070m,
and a vertical height of 130m. It is bigger and deeper than the crater of Mount Halla.  San-gumburi is the place, which means a crater. Various plants and creatures live in Sangum-buri.

The crater of Sunrise Peak consists of 99 rock peaks along its rim that look as if they are escorting the crater and forming a castle. For that reason, the basin was considered to be holy, and it was named "Seongsan" which literally means holy mountain. The view of the sunrise here is truly remarkable.

Jutting out at the eastern seashore of Jeju Island, Seopji-Koji is one of the most scenic views with the bright yellow canola and Seongsan Sunrise Peak as a backdrop. The pristine beauty of Jeju can be seen in Seopji-koji. Sinyang Beach, a meadow filled with canola flowers, peacefully grazing Jeju ponies, a rocky sea cliff, and a towering legendary large rock (Sun-ba-we) all combine to make nature s masterpiece. Unlike the other coastal areas of Jeju, it has red volcanic rock (scoria) and strangely-shaped rocks that at low tide transform this area into a breath-taking stone exhibition gallery. 




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