Mystical Jeju : Exploring the waterfalls of Cheonjiyeon Falls (천지연폭포) & Cheonjeyeon Falls (천제연 폭포)

Yes, you got it right. We visited 2 waterfalls in 1 day and their name is only 1 character changed only. So can you imagine how confused I was when I was told of the name of both these beautiful natural wonders….. I thought my drinks were spiked without my knowledge….And credit to our lovely guide cum host, Mr Kang who recommended us to check out these beautiful Waterfalls.

After enjoying the breathtaking view of Daepo Jusangjeolli Cliff (대포동지삿개), our next stop is the waterfall of Cheonjeyeon Falls (천제연 폭포).

Cheonjeyeon Falls (천제연 폭포), named ‘The Pond of God’ consists of 3 sections. Surrounding the falls, there is a rare ‘solimnan’ reeds while to the east, the cave where the water pours from the ceiling to create the first waterfall. The water is then gathers into a pool and from there, it would falls two more times which create the second and third waterfalls below flowing into the sea.

From the climb down the rock and combination of wooden steps, one will reach the first waterfall first where the beautiful pond is a magnificent sight.

Further climb down, one will reach and see the beautiful 2nd Waterfall. As the 3rd Waterfall is said to be steep and tough, we decided to complete only 2nd Waterfall before heading to find our way out of the area.

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In Cheonjeyeon Valley, one will see the beautiful arch bridge with 7 nymphs carved on the side, Seonimgyo Bridge as well as the octagonal Cheonjeru Pavilion. On the surface of Cheonjeru Pavilion, there is a painting that tells Cheonjeyeon’s legend of the seven nymphs and the mountain god. In May of every even-numbered year, the Chilseonyeo Festival is held here.

 

After our tiring morning explorations to so many exciting and beautiful places on Jeju, we head over for a local noddles for lunch before heading off to our next exploration.

After the exciting adventure to Mt. Sanbangsan (산방산), we decided to explore the last waterfall of the day, Cheonjiyeon Falls (천지연폭포).

Cheonjiyeon Falls (천지연폭포) means ‘sky connecting with land’ where the water appears to fall from heavens, hence giving its name. Cheonjiyeon Falls (천지연폭포), a pond where heaven and earth meet, this beautiful wonder is designated as a natural reserve throughout the whole valley.

Elaecarpus, most commonly known as wild Dampalsu trees are designated as Natural Monument No. 163. The entire area also contains great variety of rare plants such as brambles, Songyeopnan as well as Gusiljappam trees, Sanyuja trees (Chinese lemon trees), and camellias which all make up a forest specified as Natural Monument No. 379.

Walking along the subtropical path while enjoying the sound and smell of the nature, one is able to hear the magnificent sound of the Cheonjiyeon Falls (천지연폭포) water falling from as far as a kilometer away. Why not? After all, Cheonjiyeon Falls (천지연폭포) is 22m in height, 12m wide with the depth of 20m.

The clear and deep water of Cheonjiyeon Falls (천지연폭포) has been designated as Natural Monument No. 27.

The river of Cheonjiyeon (천지연) is designated as Natural Monument No. 258 as it is the natural habitat for giant mottled eels, also known as Mutae eels.

Cheonjiyeon Falls (천지연폭포) is a lowland hence there are minimal climbing up and down steep path. Perfect way to end the exciting yet tiring day of expedition.

 

 


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