Located nearby the Jungmun Resort outside of Seogwipo, Cheonjeyeon Waterfall (천제연 폭포) is an easily accessibly, cheap wonder to experience. As it turns out, there are not one, but three falls tumbling in succession down to the sea. If you choose to go, be careful with the name; there is another waterfall known as Cheonjiyeon (천지연 폭포) in Seogwipo as well!
Alisha and I had just explored Sanbangsan and the Yongmeori Coast, so we were both pretty hot and tuckered out. After some wandering around, we caught the island bus towards Seogwipo. Off to the side, we saw what appeared to be a park entrance.
“Hey, I think that’s for the waterfall!”
We got off at the next stop, buying some drinks at a mart before trudging back down the hill to the gate. Sure enough, we were standing at the entrance for Cheonjeyeon Falls. The admission fee was small, only a few thousand won, so we paid and headed into the park.
The first waterfall was down a small wooden stairway. It was so close, we were a little surprised by how quickly we descended into paradise.
The scene was absolutely beautiful. Angular pillars of volcanic rock comprised the cliffs. A waterfall poured over the top, while smaller falls rushed out from behind the wall. The water in the pool was a brilliant, cerulean shade–surrounded by mossy boulders. It’s no wonder the myth surrounding these falls claims that nymphs from heaven would come to bathe in the waters of Cheonjeyeon.
We enjoyed the area for a while, climbing up on one of the boulders and watching the spray come off the water.
Soon, however, it was time for the next one. We walked along the heavily forested side of the gulley, kept to safety by a well maintained wooden pathway built into the wall. Soon, we came to the second of the three falls. The first, while picturesque, was small; the second was nothing of the sort.
Presumably due to the size of the deluge and the terrain, we weren’t able to go closer to the falls. Instead, we stood with other tourists on a crowded platform as clouds of spray billowed and rolled over us.
Last, and also least, was the third fall. I’m not posting a picture of this one; it was pretty big, but the viewing platform provided a pretty terrible angle for taking pictures. The first and second falls are the definite highlights.
Have you been to any beautiful waterfalls? Where were they? What made them so memorable? Tell me in the comments below!