Jungmun Daepo Coast

If you have had the chance to visit Jeju, you will most likely admit that the South Korean island wholly deserves its position as one of the New Seven Wonders of Nature, a title bestowed upon it in 2011.

The columnar joints at Jungmun Daepo Coast is just one of the many natural attractions – Jeju is after all a volcanic island and was born out of volcanic eruptions – and it is most majestic.

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I realised that this view of the columnar joints must be one of the most photographed locations in Jeju! :)

It costs 2,000 won to cast one’s eye upon this natural land formation – I thought it strange for the authorities to charge visitors a fee to see something created by Mother Nature – but that is hardly a deterrent to most tourists. The park was packed with visitors, most of them from China, and it takes a bit of patience to snag a perfect spot for that memorable photograph of the columnar joints.

I hung around for 30 minutes, mesmerised by the view and the roar of the ocean’s waves crashing onto shore. Although it was a summer morning, the air was cooler than I had expected, and the wind was strong, which altogether made the visit to Jungmun Daepo Coast quite pleasant.

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