Continuing after our exploration of Jeju Stone Park (제주돌문화공원) and getting our stomach filled up with Kalguksu (칼국수), we head off for our next adventure. Our original plan was to check out Sangumburi Crater (산굼부리), Natural Monument No.263 (Designated on June 18, 1979). Our local guide was sharing with us that this is a tourist spot where we had to pay to see the famous crater. So he recommended that check out another crater spot instead that does not charge any entrance fees.
Before heading to the new recommended crater spot, we make a stop at Jeju World Natural Heritage Center (제주 세계자연유산센터), located in Geomunoreum Lava Tube System, which was designated as UNESCO World Heritage in 2007 and is one of 20 ecological tourism spots by Ministry of Environment of Korea in 2009, as well as a Korean-style ecological tourism model.
Jeju World Natural Heritage Center (제주 세계자연유산센터) was established to promote the value of UNESCO World Natural Heritage. This simple yet education center house various facilities which includes a 4D video room, lava tunnel experience as well as many other activities, giving visitors first hand experience of the origins of Jeju-do (제주도).
The short 4D show is a story about a boy climbing up the mountain to look for a medicinal plant for his mother whom is sick with his grandfather. As he was praying while standing on top of the mountain, his hat was blown off. So, he ran after the hat only to have the hat stop on top of a pile of stone. The stone came to life, one of the 50 stone warriors of Jeju.
Then there were some war and the boy went into another dimension where met a lovely lady in white whom were running away from a man in black with evil face and a bird beak. While they were running away, she gave him a bag of medicinal plant that he was looking for, tasking him to throw it over the mountain. Then as he was running away, he met with a fat guy whom was wearing his hat (the stone warrior actually is now a fat guy) riding the bicycle…. And then they flew over the mountain where he throw the medicinal plant as instructed (although he was thinking in his heart wanting to bring it back for his sick mother). Volcano erupted and he woke up lying on the lap of the pretty lady in white.
Little boy soon came back to reality and realized that it was all a dream. When suddenly his hat flew off and running after the hat, which stop on top of a pile of stones. And next to the pile of stone, they found the medicinal plant that they were looking for.
More information of Jeju World Natural Heritage Center (제주 세계자연유산센터):
B1F-1F, Building area: 6,707㎡, Gross area: 7,335㎡
Total exhibition area: 3,385㎡
4D room – 80 people per time
Exhibition Hall Information
[Permanent Exhibition Hall]
– Jeju World Natural Heritage introduction and certificate exhibition
– Video on the origins of Hallasan Mountain and exhibition of plants found in the Hallasan Mountain
– Geomun Oreum and Gotjawal
– Yongcheon Cave, Mamjang Cave
– Video on the origins of Ilchulbong Peak and the area of Oreum
– Model of Suwolbong Peak and Jusangjeolli Cliff
4D experience while sitting on the 4D chair, watching a movie related to Jeju
[Planned Exhibition Hall]
Various planned exhibitions such as an international conference and related events will be held.
Admission / Participation Fees
Adults – Individuals 3,000 won / Groups 2,400 won (10 people and more)
Youths & Military – Individuals 2,000 won / Groups 1,600 won (10 people and more)
Children – Individuals 2,000 won / Groups 1,600 won (10 people and more)
* Free admission for green card holders
– Seniors (ages 65 and more) and Babies (ages 6 and under)
Available (small cars: 100 cars, large cars: 25 cars)
Seminar room, planned exhibition hall
(Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
Next, we proceed our journey to Abu Oreum (아부오름).
Abu Oreum (아부오름) is the location of the other crater that stands at 301 meters above sea level. It was a pretty easy climb up to see the crater as it was only about 50 meter climb up.
Abu Oreum (아부오름) has a walking trail that leads down from the northern edge of the crater in a clockwise path that is along the natural soil slip. Abu Oreum (아부오름) is known for its circle of pine trees in the center of the crater.
Abu Oreum (아부오름) was featured in a Korean movie The Uprising a movie about the Catholicism back in the late 19th century that gain foothold on Jeju-do (제주도).
We spent only about 5 minutes checking out the crater on Abu Oreum (아부오름) before descending back down to head to our next and final stop of the day, ending another memorable day of exploration of Jeju-do (제주도).