For our first day in Jeju we spent the day exploring the eastern part of the island specifically the Seongsan area.
Seongsan Ilchulbong Peak
Our first stop is the Seongsan Ilchulbong Peak which is also called Sunrise Peak. It’s more than an hour away from Downtown Jeju via car. And has a large group of tourist and locals who visit the site. Parking wasn’t difficult because they have a huge parking area for both bus and cars alike. The area is also surrounded by different restaurants and convenient stores in case you’re hungry before or after your visit.
The main thing to do here is hike your way up to the peak where you get a view of the crater. Along the way there are several viewing decks where you get a view of Jeju island.
The hike up to the peak took us around 40 minutes. This involved a lot of stops and rests at the resting area because (1) I was severely out of shape (2) I wore boots with heels instead of rubber shoes like any normal person would.
By the time we reached the peak the sun was high up. Since the viewing deck at the peak is open, it was a bit too hot to stay there so we just took some pictures and went down.
One of my favorite spots was this field that you pass by on your way up and down the peak. We coincidentally saw some locals sitting in the area so we decided to do the same.
After lunch we made our way to Seopjikoji which is a beautiful coastline filled with canola flowers during spring. Parking is also available in the area but there’s a fee of 1000 KRW.
Here in Seopjikoji you get a view of Jeju’s eastern coastline. The walking trail leads to a lighthouse and along the way is a field of canola flowers.
The trail here is shorter and a lot easier than Seongsan Ilchulbong wherein you’re supposed to hike up.
That’s it for our first day! Relatively chill just so we can get a feel of the island. We were supposed to go to Udo as well to have lunch and look around but I got too tired after the hike at Seongsan Ilchulbong so we skipped that.
Were you able to visit Seongsan Ilchulbong and Seopjikoji as well? What were your favorite views or photo spots?