Self-Drive Journey in Jeju Island (Day3-1) – Seongsan Ilchulbong, An Unforgettable Experience

284-12, Ilchul-ro, Seongsan-eup, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do
제주특별자치도 서귀포시 성산읍 일출로 284-12
Entrance : 2,000k won

Seongsan Ilchubong, known as the ‘Sunrise Peak’ or ‘Volcanic Tuff Cone’ on Jejudo, was formed through Hydrovolcanic eruptions(where volcanoes were form by piles of volcanic ash, the interaction of hot ascending magma and seawater or ground water) about 5,000years ago. This crater has a measurement of 180m tall, with a diameter of 600m and 90m high.
With the 99 sharp rocks surrounding the crater, Seongsan Ilchubong looks like a gigantic crown.

FACT: Seongsan Ilchulbong is one of the brand new 7 Wonders of Nature!!!

Like what those who had paid a visit to Jejudo as a traveller, it is a MUST for one to pay a visit in the morning, just to catch that magnificent view of the Sunrise. (It’s really P-R-I-C-E-L-E-S-S!!)

Like what Calvin Timo had mentioned in his post, we literally woke up at 4.30am KST(which is 3.30am in SG!) in order to make our way to the venue. At the same time, your truly was contemplating if I should give this mission a miss as I was feeling really sick.(Mr Flu attacked me from nowhere)
But I guess the strong-will in wanted to give it a try, thus I decided to follow my heart.

PS: None of us drive to the venue as it was pretty dark in the morning. Since I wasn’t feeling well, we decided to call for a cab.

Entrance of Seongsan Ilchulbong

Gear up guys! Here we go!

Midway of the climb while taking a short break.. Soft spot for such a beautiful nature scenery.


Guess what, the moment I stepped up to the rest point, the very 1st word that popped into my brain with this scene was ‘Paddle Pop’. *LOL*

The view is strikingly magnificent.. YET! (wait till you see the photos below!)

Selca time! *Here goes Calvin photo-bombing me again*

*pardon my very naked face. =x*

Here comes Mr Sunny!

Strikingly magnificent!!!  I was totally mesmerised at the view!!
(I’m so glad that I had ditched my bed and decided to head on the mission with Mr Flu-bud.)

Time to head back to Spring & Autumn Resort to freshen up ourselves!

Day view of the village. *awwww*

Poor Calvin. Since I’m the weakling sick girl and walking far at the back, he decided to slow down his pace and wait for me. But the wind was too strong thus he’s facing inwards and hiding at that corner to keep himself warm. *Thanks dude~ But this scene was just too EPIC!*

The steep stairs

Look at that rock!

This is the well-known Deong Gyeong Dol AKA “Lamp Rock”, which has a myth story that link to Grandmother Selmondae. Read more HERE.

The view is just way too fabulous. Can’t stop snapping photos every time when I’m have a short break in-between.

Hang on a little more, I’m gonna reach entrance soon!



Let you guys have a sneak of the stairs we had climbed! =/To be honest, it was really NOT A JOKE to climb those steep stairs, battling with the strong cold wind at 5am. (With only 40mins to reach the peak as Sun rises at 5.40am!!)
I’m thankful that the 3 of us managed to make it to the TOP and much earlier before the sun rises too!
*a pat on our back*

FINALLY we’re back down at the hill.

Goodbye Seongsan Ilchulbong. I am glad I had conquered YOU!
No worries! I will be back again, I promised! (:


At the same time, we headed back to Seongsan(AGAIN) in the early noon to catch the Haenyo Diver Women performance at the bottom of mountain right beside it. (We headed over to Udo Island in between, which I will mention the it in my next post.)

NOTE: The Haenyo Diver Women performance starts exactly at 1.30pm(KST) SHARP.

We’re slightly lateeeeeeeeee!!!

The ladies had already started singing their folk song which talks about their life story as Woman Diver.

The Diver ladies in their wear performing. 🙂According to the translator over there, such traditions are now facing extinction. The total numbers of active Diver Woman adds up barely 5,000, which compared to the past where there are about 30,000 of them.
At the current moment, the youngest diver woman is aged 54years old while the eldest is 85years old! =O
[These ladies were born and raised in Jeju Island itself. As the island is surrounded with many seafood, they are trained to pick up this job at a young age(roughly at the age of 12) to learn the art of this job and keep it as a form of living.]

FACT: Do you know that Haenyo Diver Women can dive up to 20 meters, holding their breath for several minutes without any oxygen mask!

The ladies are setting off! *hats off to those grannies*
Thank you so much for your hard work! (:

Can’t remember what are these.

Pretty seashells. ^^

Hello Seongsan! I was at the peak in the morning yo! 😛

One of the diver woman lugging her heavy gears heading back home with her catch.

PS: Not ALL Diver women are willing to be featured/ to take a photo. Do asked before you snapped a photo of them. (:

Pali Pali! Do note this place down on your itinerary if you’re coming to Jeju island(East)!
Seriously, you’ll have no REGRETS to wake up at 4am and climbed those steep stairs to view the Sunrise.
I would not agree much that the name ‘Sunrise Peak’ was given to Seongsan Ilchulbong for nothing. 🙂

If you’re not staying somewhere near but yet you want to climb the mountain, do carry on! The views at the peak varies differently at different time too. (I believed the Touch Korea Tour Fun Team peeps would agree with me, especially Michelle eh? :P)

2 more entries to go before I’ll end my Jeju Trip!
Do stay tune as I’ll explain along the way for you guys.

안녕~ ^^

[Photos with watermark are taken with Casio Exilim ZR700]
[Photos w/o mark credits back to Calvin, Addy, KTO SG & JTO(Jeju Tourism Organization)]


15 thoughts on “Self-Drive Journey in Jeju Island (Day3-1) – Seongsan Ilchulbong, An Unforgettable Experience

  1. Hey

    I’m planning to visit Seongsan Ilchulbong this August and I’m wondering how long would it take to get there if I’m staying at Seogwipo and how much would the taxi/bus fare be? I would really like to watch the sunrise at Jeju 😀

    Thank you!


    1. Hi Siwei,

      So sorry to miss out your reply. If you’re staying over at Seogwipo, it depends on the area and if it’s near Seongsan Ilchubong as well. But I guess the fare shouldn’t be more than 20-30k won though. (:



  2. I shall salute you for conquering Seongsan Ilchulbong man….. I tried to get up there half way I raise white flag the steep staircase is real no joke one. Felt like my leg is breaking apart hahahaha….. Such an embarassing moment for me for giving up since I went alone.


    1. Hi June,

      Thanks! Actually the view at the peak of Seongsan was really magnificent! Maybe you can try it again when you head to Jeju again.
      Well, its not embarassing. There are people who didn’t head out as well. There’s always another try! 😉



  3. Hi, how long did it take for you to reach the peak of Seongsan? I’m planning to go there this coming March and I’m still not sure if I should conqure this peak or skip it :/ Also, is there a specific day to catch the Haenyo women diver performance? Or is it available on a daily basis at 1.30pm?


    1. Hi Aqilah,

      I can’t give you a specific timing how long does it take for you to climb up to the peak of Seongsan. I took about 2 quick breaks and finished within 40mins? It might take longer for some other ppl though because the steps were really steep.

      As for the Haenyo women diver performance, it’s a daily basis at 1.30pm. 🙂

      Hope it clear your doubts!



  4. Hi Yyann,

    How to head to the Haenyo Diver area? Can describe abit? On way down from Seongsan Ilchulbong Peak? thanks thanks


    1. Hi Fred,

      Yes, Haenyo Diver Area is the same place with Seongsan Ilchulbong Peak.
      The only difference is one is travelling down the mountain(to watch the Diver Women) while Seongsan is travelling upwards.
      Hope it’s clear enough to you. ^^



  5. Hi Yyann,

    I am planning a trip to Seongsan Ilchulbong Peak for Sunrise in Oct. What time should I be there in order to catch the sunrise?

    Thank you.


    1. Hi Elsa,

      The time varies differently each day.
      But most of the time, people wait around 5.30-5.45am at the peak.




    1. Hi,

      Thanks for the compliments. 🙂
      The ride from Jeju airport to Seongdan Ilchulbong takes about 1-1.5hour.



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