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Enjoy Jeju - WorldSkills General Assembly, Jeju, Korea 13-20 May, 2012

Main Attractions

Jejudo Island is a volcanic island with a unique landscape that is home to a diversity of plant life that varies by elevation and numerous types of animals.

10 Most Beautiful Scenic Views

  • Hallasan National Park picture Seongsan Ilchulbong (Sunrise Peak)

    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.

  • Jeongbang Waterfall Jeongbang Waterfall

    With Seopseom and Beomseom Island in front, the Jeongbang Waterfall is right at the edge of the ocean. The Jeju people believed that a holy dragon lived under the waterfall. It has been said that since the water has its spirit, it has cured illnesses and caused rain to fall during a drought. In addition, there is another small waterfall nearby, looking like a servant waiting on a dignified lord. Thats why it was chosen as one of the scenic wonders of Jeju among other big waterfalls in Jeju.

  • Young-guchunhwa Young-guchunhwa

    "Younggu" means "a hill where an immortal being lives". This indicates that it is a place far away from the secular world. Even though "chunhwa" means "spring flowers", Youngguchunhwa does not refer to watching spring flowers. Instead, it ought to be understood that the Jeju ancestors highly valued the mysterious feeling of being close to the immortal being even though it only happened in their minds.

  • Nokdam-mansel Nokdam-mansel

    "Younggu" means "a hill where an immortal being lives". This indicates that it is a place far away from the secular world. Even though "chunhwa" means "spring flowers", Youngguchunhwa does not refer to watching spring flowers. Instead, it ought to be understood that the Jeju ancestors highly valued the mysterious feeling of being close to the immortal being even though it only happened in their minds.

  • Yeongsilgiam Yeongsilgiam

    Along the Yeongsil hiking trail, strangely-shaped rocks can be found. They line the deep valleys to the tops. The majestic sight of about 500 rock pillars standing high toward the sky is enough to stun beholders. Because the rocks look as if 500 arhats(greak monks who achieved nirvana) are standing, they are sometimes called the "500 arhats".

    Legend has it that if a person shouted, the 500 rocks would made a thick fog, keeping the person from distinguishing the direction he or she was walking. In spring, the royal azalea blossoms between the rocks makes a wonderful scenic view and in summer the waterfalls are not to be missed after the rains.

    Mt. Halla has numerous valleys, but it is rare to see a certain stream babble all year round. Here in Jeju where the water resources are very precious, people have used waters from valleys of the mountain as drinking water. Sometimes hikers are banned from the valleys. Yeongsil Valley is a little different because streams run all year long along the hiking trail.

    As its name, Yeongsil (literally meaning "permanent stream"), suggests, the sounds of streams and winds, and fog floating around the valleys create a mysterious atmosphere. After a spell of summer showers, water falls from between the cliffs surrounding the valley. Some of the runoff falling off the 100m high cliffs becomes a wonderful cascade. Just as other spots on Mt. Halla have their own legends, Yeongsil has one, too.

    A mother had 500 sons. One day during a bad crop year, she was cooking porridge in a big cauldron while her sons were out searching for food in the valleys. In the process, she accidentally fell into it and drowned. Her sons returned home and ate a good meal with the food in the cauldron. Returning last, the youngest son stirred the food and found strange bones at the bottom of the pot. When he realizes that they were his mother bones, he wailed and directly went to the shore at Gosan to turn himself into a rock. The rest of his brothers later found out, wept, and finally hardened themselves into rocks.

    On a windy day, the humming sounds by a combination of trees and rocks in the valley are heard like a heartbreaking sound of their crying. Called "a mysterious valley", it was believed to always protect Jeju Island with its great spiritual power. The strangely shaped rocks were called "500 generals" guarding the island against outside enemies. It has long been a spiritual refuge for shamans who want to receive the divine ability to contemplate.

  • Sanbang Cave buddhist temple Sanbang Cave buddhist temple

    A Buddhist statue is enshrined in a cave on the southwestern slope of Mt. Sanbang. With a height of 5 m, a length of 10 m and a width of 5 m, it is not known when this statute was carved. It is said to have been Heil residence during the Goreyo Dynasty and the calligrapher Chusa Jeong-hee Kim often visited here to contemplate life. Water drips from the ceiling and some Jeju people say the water droplets are tears of goddess Sanbangdeok who guards the mountain.

    Legend has it that this daughter of Mt. Sanbang was gorgeous. She fell in love with a youth named Goseong but an official in town who had a crush on her confiscated his property and falsely put him into exiled him. Disappointed and despairing of the world rife with sins, Sanbangdeok returned to the Sanbang cave, turned herself into a rock, and continues to weep to this day.

  • Gosumokma Gosumokma

    "Gosu" means an old and primitive forest. There is an argument that the area adjacent to Hwangsapyeong is Gosu; however, it seems to have resulted from a similar pronunciation. "Gosumockma" refers to the view of horse flocks freely roaming throughout the foot of Mt. Halla.

  • Sanpojo-eo Sanpojo-eo

    The sight of fishing boats, white herons, and seagulls was chosen as one of the scenic wonders of Jeju Island. Claiming that the word "fishing" itself does not have a connotation of a fishermen’s strenuous labor, some say the word should be converted into one that reflects their hard work.
    As darkness falls and hundreds of fishing boats light their lamps, the scattered lights make reflections on the night sea. Sanpojoe refers to the view of the sea seen when you are leisurely fishing. Such a romantic sight at night makes the Jeju Island unique.

  • Sabongnakjo Sabongnakjo

    When you contemplate the sunset from the top of Sara Peak right beside the sea, the waves in Whale Cave beneath the cliff ought to be included in your appreciative gaze. It looks as if the sun and the sky are the burning themselves together. The sight of this sunset both inspires and refreshes. Fishing boats bobbing on the sea are picturesque.

  • Gyulrimchusaek Gyulrimchusaek

    The name Gyulimchusaek comes from autumn landscape of mandarin orchards around the Ohyeondan Shrine in old Jeju City. There has long been an abundance of mandarins here in Jeju. They make the autumn landscape of the island a magnificent, glowing golden orange. There is talk of designating the orchard which had been in front of Ohyeondan one of the ten Scenic Wonders in Jeju. However, according to an ancient document, Gyulimchusaek refers to the view of the mandarin trees across the island rather than ones that belong to a specific place.