Jeju Island, South Korea — Seongsan Ilchulbong Peak and Manjanggul Lava Tube

Seongsan Ilchulbong Peak, also called Sunrise Peak, is yet another example of Jeju Island’s abundance of world class natural beauty. It’s also listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site, as are the island’s lava tubes.

Compared to hiking Hallasan Mountain, Seongsan Ilchulbong is a “mere” 180 meters high, but the views are still quite lovely.

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If you’re staying in Jeju City, it’s easy to buy a bus ticket at the city bus terminal, and it’ll take about two hours to get to Sunrise Peak. As you’re heading back to the city, it’s worth stopping to see the Manjanggul Lava Tube. It’s described as one of the best lava tunnels in the world, and it really is fantastic. It’s dark down there, of course, so the photo opportunities with my smart phone were limited.

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The last photo is the lava tube’s entrance/exit. It was incredible how quickly the air temperature dropped as soon as you set foot onto the middle platform of the staircase — it was almost immediate.

Bonus Photos!

My travel partner and I were scheduled to fly back to Seoul the day after exploring Sunrise Peak and Manjanggul Lava Tube. Unfortunately, a massive weather system caused all flights out of Jeju to be canceled. And, because there were so many people who needed to be rescheduled, we had to spend two extra (totally unplanned) nights on the island. These are photos from that day.

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