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Best 3 Tourist Sites Designated as a World Natural Heritage in Jeju
Best 3 Tourist Sites Designated as a World Natural Heritage in Jeju
What is a World Natural Heritage?
The World Heritage was established by UNESCO in 1978 to preserve mankind’s valuable cultural and natural gifts. The organization recognizes examples of beautiful natural heritage or valuable cultural heritage around the world and lists them as a World Heritage in an effort to protect them against destruction from natural disasters or wars. Most sites are designated as examples of natural heritage relics due to their remarkable beauty. Jiuzhaigou Valley, the Serengeti Plain, the island of Saint Louis, Ha Long Bay, and Hallasan Mountain are representative World Heritage locations.

Where is the World Natural Heritage in Jeju?
Designated as a World Natural Heritage on June 27, 2007, the ‘Jeju Volcanic Island and Lava Tubes’ includes Hallasan Mountain Natural Reserve, Geomunoreum Lava Tube System, and Seongsan Ilchulbong Tuff Ring. This area preserves a unique geological environment created by volcanic activity that resulted in volcanic formations and secondary formations. The total land area of the world heritage is 18,845 hectares acres.

Before Jeju was recognized as a World Natural Heritage, there were only seven Cultural Heritage locations in Korea, including Haeinsa Temple, Bulguksa Temple, Jongmyo Shrine, and Changdeokgung Palace. Recently, since the addition of the Volcanic Island and Lava Tubes as UNESCO World Heritage, interest in Jeju Island has increased worldwide.

→ UNESCO World Natural Heritage, Jeju Volcanic Island and Lava Tubes
→ Environmental Activism in Jeju
Embark on an Exploration to Jeju’s World Natural Heritages!

Located on Hallasan Mountain and the northeastern part of Jeju Island, this huge site encompasses almost a tenth of the whole land area of the island, so it is best to plan your route ahead of time. The most recommended are the three areas of Hallasan Mountain, Seongsan Ilchulbong, and Manjanggul Cave. After leaving the airport, drive along the coast on Ilju Road, and you’ll reach Manjanggul Cave. About midway down the east coast, you will arrive at Seongsan Ilchulbong. The next day, you can enjoy the sunrise here, and then take Naeryuk Road to Hallasan Mountain. A trip to the mountain requires 7 to 8 hours round trip, so in total, you will be spending at least one night and two days to see the World Natural Heritage in Jeju.

Recommended Course: Jeju International Airport – Manjanggul Cave – Seongsan Ilchulbong – Hallasan Mountain – Jeju International Airport

Course 1 Manjanggul Cave
The Geomunoreum Lava Tube System refers to the lava tubes formed by large amounts of basalt lava that spewed from the active volcano Geomunoreum and flowed to the ocean shore. The most representative caves are Gimnyeonggul, Dangcheomuldonggul, Manjanggul, Bengdwigul, and Yongcheondonggul. The largest of these is Manjanggul. With a length of 9 meters, the cave offers a number of unique attractions with a spectacular display of stone pillars and stalactites.
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Course 2 Seongsan Ilchulbong
Seongsan Ilchulbong is designated on Korea’s list of preserved sites as Natural Monument 420. As you climb to the 182-meter summit, you can enjoy a fabulous panoramic view of the crater as it juts out to the plain. Not to be missed are the 99 rock peaks along the rim of the crater. This hike takes about an hour round trip from the ticket counter.
Sightseeing Tip! Enjoy the sunrise here early in the morning. It is such a popular site that every New Year’s morning, people flock here for a sunrise festival.
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Course 3 Hallasan Mountain
At 1,950 meters, Hallasan Mountain is a dormant volcano formed by volcanic activities during the Cenozoic era. This mountain, shaped like a bamboo hat, is located in the center of Jeju Island. It has approximately 360 cinder cones, the largest number in the world for a single volcanic mountain. In 1966, it was designated as Natural Monument 182 and has been protected as a National Park since 1970.
Sightseeing Tip! Atop Hallasan Mountain is Baekrokdam Lake, 108 meters deep and 1,720 meters in circumference. The crystal waters are so clear that you will see a reflection of your face, so don’t miss it.
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Jeju World Natural Heritage Photo Gallery
The 4 Seasons of Hallasan Mountain Morning in Seongsan Ilchulbong Landscape of Lava Tubes
Traveler’s Tip!

There are a number of pensions, inns and motels along the coast near Seongsan Ilchulbong. Prices vary from 30,000 won to 100,000 won per night. For a local meal, visit one of the many restaurants south of Seongsan Ilchulbong and try haemultang (spicy seafood stew), galchi jorim (spicy braised hairtail), obunjak ttukbaegi (small abalone stew in a stone pot), godeungoe jorim (mackerel boiled in a spicy sauce), or some raw fish. Don’t forget to bring hiking clothes and shoes for climbing Hallasan Mountain as well as water, some snacks, a hat, and sunscreen.

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Article contributed by Park Jihyun
Date 01/28/2008

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