Seongsan Ilchulbong
Seongsan Ilchulbong
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  • lyw6357
    Daejeon, South Korea2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    AMAZING VIEW
    This is a place you should visit if you are new to Jeju Island. If you go up yourself, you can feel the fresh air while looking at the interior of Seongsan Ilchulbong Peak and the wide view of Jeju Island which is beautiful. The process of going up may not be easy, but I recommend you to try it. Not only do you go up, but if you go down, you can enjoy seafood while looking at the exterior and the sea. If the weather is good, it is one of the pleasures to see Udo Island nearby. It's well worth a visit, highly recommended!
    Visited October 2022
    Written June 29, 2023
  • Leong Chee Sheng
    Singapore, Singapore334 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Highlight of Jeju, pray for good weather!
    One of the key highlights you must visit in Jeju. We were there in terrible weather but the view was magnificent nonetheless; wished it was clear enough for us to hike up the place. Not elderly friendly, full of steps and steep slopes. Note that the Hanyeon performance has been changed as well - it's now just 2pm instead of the 1.30pm and 3pm slots I've seen online. Not sure if this is a permanent change or not, but we did missed the show! There are nice eateries down the area, famous for their hair tail fish stew and abalone porridge.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written October 11, 2023
  • MonteBurns
    New York City, New York1,041 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Climb to the top of the dormant volcano. A once in a life time experience.
    It’s a tough climb to the peak of the volcano. I didn’t count but there’s many steps and sometimes a bit steep. It’s tough regardless how old you are. I watched high school students on a field trip struggling and be out of breath as well as people of all ages. Make sure to dress appropriately as your body will generate much heat. Recommend wear shorts and light clothing and a hat. Bring drink. Like Gatorade. There is a little shop about 10% of the way up. The reward is a great view in 360 degrees and an impressive view of the canopy of trees inside the volcano. Going down is much more refreshing but still hard on the knees and legs. Personally I had to rest quite often but making it to the top is quite an achievement. If you go to Jeju Island it’s a must do. Getting there by car or public bus takes a while. Took us about 1 1/2 hours of express bus from the Jeju Intercity Bus Station. On the way to the park there are some pretty good restaurants selling local foods. Believe it or not this little tourist paradise isn’t overpriced. Restaurant prices were normally priced and offered high quality food. Don’t forget to bring a good camera as there are many photo ops.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 22, 2023
  • lazypigcess
    Singapore, Singapore325 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth climbing a lot of stairs for Sunrise
    With my 65year old folks, it took us 1 hour to reach the peak. There are several resting huts, or stand to a corner if u need a rest. Hiking stick would be good companion. Without is also fine. Mostly are steps up. As it’s a very popular place, do arrive earlier to grab a seat at the top and patiently wait for the beautiful sunrise. It’s easy to descend too , going down is a different path from going up. go slow for those with weaker knees.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 20, 2023
  • Sharon Ho
    Kuching, Malaysia387 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Easy hike. If you can do hallasan, this is nothing
    It's like 30 mins climb on steps to the peak. Nothing hard but alot of people at certain hours. Stay for the diving show at the bottom which starts at 2pm local time. Have some peanut ice cream down there while shopping for some souvenirs !
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written November 21, 2023
  • MisterUserName
    Atlanta, Georgia2,024 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice scenic hike
    Nice scenic hike up the mountain. Took about 45 minutes to go up and back down while taking pics and selfies. We went day after Christmas and it was a little crowded, but plenty of parking and the trail wasn’t too bad. Lots of coffee shops and restaurants around the area. Admission is just 5,000 won per adult. On the way up and down, a couple of restrooms and places to take a break.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written January 4, 2024
  • 우석 류
    Daejeon, South Korea1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The most meomorable place for eating and photography.
    If sightseeing is your thing, then the best place to go is Seongsan Ilchulbong which place in Jeju Island. I'd like to recommend climbing the top of the Seongsan Ilchulbong because you can feel fresh and satisfaction. At first, I couldn't understand the value of the climbing. However, after I arrived at the top I was fascinated. Also there were so many famous restaurant. For instance, raw fish restaurant and Black pig restaurant. After climbing, you will feel hungry. Then you have to go the restaurant. It serves the best quality which is perfect you have never felt before.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written January 7, 2024
  • Yoona He
    Daegu, South Korea2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice place in Jeju
    It would appear that this location is highly sought-after by travellers. Purchase of tickets is required before to admission. As one ascends higher, the stunning panorama gradually unfolds before their eyes. On the other hand, a person with mobility issues should probably not go there because there are a lot of concrete steps both going up and coming down.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled on business
    Written January 9, 2024
  • min
    Sentosa Island, Singapore77 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A good climb!
    A sense a satisfaction when you make it to the top. It’s not a long walk but it’s steep. We bought our tickets and went up around 12pm then came down and had a platter of seafood sold by the haenyeos by the beach. The seafood could be eaten raw or cooked. We also had abalone porridge. The haenyeo had their show at 2pm (one per day at the moment, subject to weather conditions).
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled with friends
    Written March 9, 2024
  • Pauline C
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fantastic view
    We are it our 70s, fit, but not superbly so. It took us almost an hour, but we had no problem walking to the top. The view during the trail and all the way to the top is certainly worth the climb! It’s not only the natural scenery, but also the colorful houses in the town that add to the charm
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 19, 2024
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Ali Naqvi
Kyoto, Japan5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
I visited Seongsan Illchulbong at 7:30. It was sunrise time and it was my first time to see sun rising from such a height. The effect of sun rays on the ocean made everything so beautiful. I can guarantee one thing that it is much beautiful if you see in person than seeing in pictures.
Written February 23, 2020
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Travelove58
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3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019 • Family
It was early afternoon & very sunny, & super hot during our visit. Coupled with the long walk & return climb up from the bottom, it was terrible in the heat.

Perhaps if we had come in early morning or in spring climate, would probably have enjoyed it better.

The Jeju Women Divers Performance was a disappointment. With due respect to this fantastic women, the show was too commercialised.

Have read much about these tenacious women & was looking forward to something better than this.

However, our guide arranged for us earlier to meet up with these women not far away in another area.
Most are in their 70s & had been doing this job almost their whole lives. They are so fit even at this age.
Certainly respect them.

There are paid boat rides as well round the area & horse riding too.
Written March 11, 2020
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Amy S
Belper, UK52 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
I am not the fittest of people but still managed this climb with no problems in the heat of August. There are rest seats on the way and spectacular views to enjoy. The peak was well worth the climb - you can't walk all the way around the rim but this protects the crater from human influence which is all-important for photography of nature at its best. I thoroughly recommend this experience as does my 17 year old daughter who was stunned by the magnificence of nature.
Written August 19, 2022
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Anie Z
Singapore, Singapore28 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Family
This place has a magnificient view of sunset and it is definitely an instaworthy place for those who love nature.
We took our time to climb uphill, stopping at various points to snap photos. Although we didnt go up to the peak, the view where we were was astounding.
I will go here again if I ever go to Jeju. Lovely!
Written January 2, 2020
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kpiddy
Brisbane, Australia14,003 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Family
Described as a 'gigantic ancient castle', Seongsan Ilchulbong is a must see/climb when visiting the Eastern side of Jeju. Climbing to the peak is a very popular activity to do, people young and old make the effort to discover the beauty of this geological wonder. Because of the popularity of the site and being a World Natural Heritage Site (2007) this is a paid activity; at the time of our visit 5000 Won for adults and 2500 Won for children. The 180 metre stair climb to the peak is steep, one way traffic up and down, there were several vantage/rest platforms with stunning views over the region to enjoy. Once at the peak there was an elderly male guide keeping watch over the visitors even offering to take our group photos. We did not rush leaving the peak, taking a seat in the terraced viewing platform and looking over the crater of Seongsan Ilchulbong before descending fifteen minutes later.
Written June 7, 2023
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Hrothmir
Smyrna, GA199 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
Seongsan Ilchulbong is a truly impressive geological feature, but the pictures you often see of it are taken from the air. When you view it from ground level or from the top after climbing to the near ridge, the view is far less impressive. The view back to the land is of not particularly attractive human development. The view out over the top from the ridge (up to which you climb) looks more like a nice field - than an amazing, dished volcanic caldera.

I'm glad I visited it - and am giving it a 4/5 rating. But key points here would be A) don't expect it to look as impressive as the tourist brochure aerial pics and B) you will live if you can't fit it into your time on Jeju.

The climb up is not technically difficult; it's mostly a long staircase. It took 15 minutes moving fairly steadily.

There's a haenyeo (Jeju women divers; "mermaids") show at the beach you'll see below Seongsan Ilchubong as you take the path down. There is no charge and I believe it takes place at 130pm and 3pm. The show felt a bit cheesy - with piped in music and piped in vocals.
Written April 3, 2023
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Seokdoespilates
Singapore, Singapore236 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Go early as the car park filled up very quickly from lunch time. Loads of tour coaches as well, so the place can get very crowded. There are charging stations in the car park for electric cars. There is a fee to go up to the top, but it is free to wander around the foot of the tuff cone and see the hanyeo divers below the cliffs. The paid portion is closed the first day of each month. Countless flights of steps up with some seats at each level for you to catch your breath. A hiking stick may be useful if you have knee issues. It was raining, windy and cloudy when we went so we did not have a good view of the tuff cone. We descended by another route (one way up and another way down). Definitely not accessible for anyone with issues climbing stairs, wheelchair bound or babies in strollers. There is no shade so wear a hat and bring your umbrella/raincoat depending on the weather.
Written April 18, 2024
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Chris Ruggaluffagus
Yorktown, VA298 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021 • Solo
This place is just a little hike for most. It does have about 300 steps up, but they are set up for a nice pace. Great views up and down, but not much to the crater itself. During morning this place can be very crowded. Visiting later in the day allows you to experience everything more quickly with less crowds. Lots of places to eat in the nearby area. Recommend you dedicate 40-60min for your visit.
Written May 30, 2021
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Tinee Langcz
South Korea126 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2020
We went there directly from the airport via bus (because it was too early for us to check in at our booked hotel). At the place, the lockers were not available, unfortunately, and we cannot leave our bags somewhere. So we had to carry our things up to see the Seongsan Ilchulbong. We did not attempt to climb up to the peak due to our heavy bags. Instead, we opted to see the observatory at the side of the mountain (it was free... the side going to the peak has an entrance fee) and has a nice view of the sea and the mountain. Can even go down to the sea shore if you like (we didn't). The view from the observatory was breathtaking vast ocean, blue sky and cool green mountain. Will definitely go back someday to see the peak! Also, we tried the Hallabong softcone (ice cream) just near the entrance road to the place, and it was so delicious!!
Written October 9, 2021
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Hoadjie
Gisborne, Australia309 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Solo
There's a fair bit of free parking and they're quite a few toilets and shops in the area.

if you wish to climb up you do have to pay there is a free walking path that gives you a nice view of it I walked up to the top there must have been about 500 steps it took me a bit of time but it was worth it I went as the sun was setting and I was able to see the sun setting on the east side of the island it was worth the walk up the walk down was a lot easier. still a lot of steps but also a lot of section of just down hill path which was nice on the legs
Written May 18, 2024
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