[Photo Credit: Jeju Special Self-Governing Province]
Jeju Special Self-Governing Province announced that access to the Mulchatoreum (Mulchat parasitic volcano) walking path will remain unavailable until June 30, 2014.
Mulchatoreum is one of the small volcanoes located on the east side of Hallasan Mountain. Oreum refers to tiny volcanic zones commonly found in Jeju. The crater of Mulchatoreum is filled with water and its ridges look like a fortress wall, hence the name (mul means water while chat is an archaic word for fortress). Though not as popular as the UNESCO World Heritage site Geomunoreum, Mulchatoreum is highly regarded for its picturesque scenery and mysterious atmosphere. The path was temporarily closed on November 2008 in order to restore its vegetation and facilities. It is expected to open again to the public by July 2014.
Unauthorized entry to Mulchatoreum during the period when the path is closed will be met with a maximum penalty of two million won.
Courtesy of Jeju Special Self-Governing Province