History of Seongsan Ilchulbong
Seongsan Ilchulbong (also known as Sunrise Peak), is an inactive volcano which erupted underneath the sea over 5000 years ago. The base and surrounding of this peak has a beautiful rocky landscape. At the top, a crater was formed by hot lava mixing with the cold ocean water. This amazing landmark is also a UNESCO world heritage site.
How to get there?
The easiest way to get here is by driving. Renting a car is very affordable in Jeju Island, and helps you cover ground easily. There’s ample parking space just outside the park entrance, and it is free.
As Jeju is not a city like Seoul, we wouldn’t recommend taking the bus as the timings are inconsistent and they take really long to get you to your destination. But if you have no other option, you could take the bus there. Bus number 111 or 112 brings you directly to the park’s entrance from Jeju Airport, and takes about 1.5 to 2 hours. You could also take the bus number 101 from Seogwipo, and the journey takes approximately an hour and a half.
How hard is the Hike?
The hike is a very comfortable one as there are man-made steps all the way to the peak. The peak stands at 182 metres (600 ft) above sea level and takes about 40-50 minutes each way. There are a couple of rest points along the way which have benches that overlook the sea, which is a great way to catch your breath while snapping some shots.
How much does it cost?
The entry fee is paid at a gatehouse located at the trailhead. It costs 2000 KRW for adults and 1000 KRW for childen ($1.8/$0.9 USD). The small fee goes a long way for the maintenance and preservation of the trails.