Jeju Island is a land rich in natural splendour, providing healing effects of nature to its travellers. There are magnificent views, complete with waterfalls, volcanic mountains and the ocean. In fact, the island is home to some fascinating geological formations, such as the rare columnar joints.
In this article, I will introduce you to Daepo Jusangjeolli Cliff, Jeju. Located in Seogwipo-si, Daepo Jusangjeolli Cliff is the largest columnar joint formation in South Korea.
Daepo Jusangjeolli Cliff was declared Natural Monument No. 443 in 2005, in recognition of its natural beauty. The cliff consists of hexagonal volcanic columns rising up from the water. The formation stretches out ~2km across the coast, producing a stunning view. There is an observation terrace above that you can the cliff best from.
So, how were these rocks formed? The columnar joints were formed from the splitting and solidification of cooling lava from Nokhajiak cinder volcano. As the cooling molten rock contracts, it splits into hexagonal columns. Columnar joints occur at 900°C in basaltic lava. What’s more, the more slowly the rocks cool, the larger width and more clearly defined hexagonal shapes they take.
Columnar joints are also known as tortoiseshell joints due to the resemblance of a turtle’s shell.
At Daepo Jusangjeolli Cliff, you can experience the fresh sea air head on — I almost had my cap blown off a few times… Moreover, it is a stunning sight to see powerful waves crash against the cliff, and the sound is just as a powerful.
Located nearby is a verdant garden you can walk though for more breath-taking views. My friend and I enjoyed the cool breeze as we looked over the tropical flora.
It really felt like a summer vacation with the iconic palm trees everywhere too!
And of course, it wouldn’t be Jeju without the famous Dol Hareubang, or “grandfather stones.”
Address: 36-24 Ieodo-ro, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do Operating Hours: 9:00am - 6:00pm everyday (last entry: 5:40pm) Website: visitjeju.net/en
Take buses no. 510, 520, 521, 690 or Airport Bus 600 to Jeju Convention Centre Bus Stop. Daepo Jusangjeolli Cliff is a 15 minute walk from the bus stop.
I highly recommend that you visit Daepo Jusangjeolli Cliff when you go to Jeju Island. It is a rare wonder of nature and offers one of the best views on the island. What’s more, it is a leisurely stop that’ll take you no more than an hour to enjoy.