Greet the New Year in Jejudo, A Picturesque Destination in Korea
The year 2020 has dawned. Although the sun rises every day, the sun to rise on the very first day of a new year may make your heart pounding harder with all the surge of excitement and expectation. People look back on the previous year and make wishes on the rising sun. That's why some spots famous for the sunrise are crowded by many visitors on the first day of January each year. Among the famous spots, Jejudo, a clean, or so-called mysterious, island of Korea, welcomes over 10 million visitors a year. On the island, Seongsan Ilchulbong Peak standing high above a vast flatland is where you can fully enjoy the sunrise. In addition to the famous tourist attraction, Jejudo offers a variety of hands-on experience courses and exquisite natural views, and an assortment of delicious dishes. Embracing a new year, introduces Seongsan Ilchulbong Peak which is one of the famous tourist destinations in Korea for the sunrise, and other attractions and local dishes of Jejudo.
#Seongsan Ilchulbong Peak
Seongsan Ilchulbong Peak located on Jejudo was formed by magma erupting three times from the water. When the hot magma meets the cold sea water, the volcanic ash layers were stacked and the sedimentary layer was eroded away by the waves and sea currents over time, and the peak was formed in the shape that is currently viewed. At the top of Seongsan Ilchulbong Peak, there are a concave crater stretching 260,000 square meters in size and 99 small rock peaks. Behind this is an interesting folk tale that, if there were 100 rock peaks, some wild beasts such as tigers and lions would have inhabited the island.
Seongsan Ilchulbong Peak is famous as the best spot for the sunrise above all things. The actual sight of the sunrise above the peak against the backdrop of the sublime scenery of Jejudo makes viewers stand in great awe of the magnificence. The sunrise is so mesmerizing that there is an old document depicting the sun rising above Seongsan Ilchulbong Peak as the cream of the crop. Seongsan Ilchulbong Peak was thus recognized for its beautiful landscape and geological value by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization(UNESCO), and designated as a UNESCO World Natural Heritage site in 2017 and as a UNESCO Global Geopark in 2010.
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· Website: http://www.visitjeju.net
· Address: 284-12, Ilchul-ro, Seongsan-eup, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do, Korea
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Open 07:00 – 20:00 (ticket closed at 19:00) from March to September
Open 07:30 – 19:00 (ticket closed at 17:50) from October to February
Closed regularly on first Mondays each month
#Jejudo Where Tourists Can Fully Enjoy Beautiful Nature
Jejudo, which is one of world-renowned volcanic islands, boasts its natural beauty selected as the seven wonders of nature. It is where Hallasan, the highest mountain in Korea rising 1950 meters above the sea level, is located majestically. The mountain changes in color with the seasons, presenting visitors with postcardlike colorful views of nature. The mountain is inhabited from the seashore to its peak by various types of flora including tropical plants, temperate plants, polar plants, and alpine plants, giving visitors an impression of one giant botanical garden. In addition to the mountain, there are fantastic falls on the island. Among them, Cheonjiyeon Falls above Cheonjiyeon, a pond formed between the sky and the ground, is 22 meters high and 12 meters wide, and sounds grand when it splashes onto the pond. Another must-see in Jejudo is Seopjikoji where visitors can enjoy a classic view of the island. It is famous for canola flowers. A sight of a vast field of yellow flowers trembling in the wind adds a more romantic atmosphere to the already beautiful seashore. Coastal roads meandering along the emerald beaches are second to none. While driving along the roads, you can feel like your body and soul are all refreshed each time you pass by small villages with stone walls. What's more, the island offers you various marine leisure sports and experiences such as a voyage on a submarine or a cruise ship, yachting, and fishing on a boat or a ship, pampering you with all the exciting moments against the background of wonderful nature.
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Dolhareubang(Stone Grandfather), A Symbol of Jejudo, is a unique stone statue made of basalt that can be found only in Jejudo. It varies in shape and size, but the general form of the stone statue has big eyes, a sack-like nose, and closed mouth, and stands with two hands folded on its belly. Although there have been various opinions on when it was first made and who made it first, it is estimated that it was made to function as a tutelary deity for spiritual purposes.
#Omegi-tteok and Horsemeat, Special Treats of Jejudo
Omegi-tteok(rice cake made with millet) is a local food of Jejudo that is made by kneading glutinous millet powder and shaping it into a round dough with a hole at the center like a doughnut, steaming the dough, and then rolling it over bean flour, adzuki beans, and nuts. Glutinous millet which is the main ingredient for the rice cake is known to contain protein and fat and is highly digestible. When the grain is steamed, the glutinousness increases making the rice cake gummier. As it is one of the specialties of Jejudo, you can easily find it everywhere you go on the island. Still, Dongmun Market is a traditional place where you can find various types of omegi-tteok, and it is frequently recommended as a must-visit.
Jejudo is also famous for horses. On the island, horses are raised for horseback riding and also for food. Horsemeat is one of seven specialties of Jejudo. It is low in fat and calorie, and high in protein, and is thus considered a gourmet food and gaining a lot of attention. It contains a great amount of unsaturated fatty acid, and is good for beauty care for women and stamina for men, and health for the elderly as it is especially helpful for osteoporosis or strokes. It is used to make various horsemeat dishes including horsemeat soup and seasoned raw horsemeat.