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Seongsan Ilchulbong Peak

Take the easy walk to the top of this volcanic crater for some of the best views on the island. 

Also known as ‘Sunrise Peak’, Seonsang Ilchulbong is revered by locals and tourists for its early morning views. It’s an easy walk to the top of the former volcano, where the vistas across the island and over the ocean are breathtaking at any time of day. Take a seat beside the gaping crater and cast your eyes east to watch the sun creep up over the ocean and turn the sky a burning red. 

Seonsang Ilchulbong is located on the eastern side of Jeju Island. The peak was formed by volcanic activity under the sea several hundred thousand years ago. At nearly 600 feet (182 meters) high, it is not a difficult climb, and most people will make the walk up and back in approximately one hour. 

Follow the well-maintained pathway and steps up the northwest side of the mountain. In spring, the surrounding fields are a mass of bright yellow rapeseed flowers, adding an extra dimension of color to your photographs. Unusual rock formations that look like carved spires cover the side of the volcano. If you’re a plant lover then keep an eye out for the rare plant life that grows on the side of the cone, with ferns and orchids among the noteworthy species found here.

Expect breathtaking views across the nearby towns, the surrounding peninsula and beyond once you get to the top. Don’t forget to peer into the crater. The hole is 1,968 feet (600 meters) wide, and gives some idea of the size of the explosion that formed the peak. 

On your way down look out for Jeju Island’s famous female divers. These ‘Haenhyo’ use rocks at the foot of the mountain as a base. The divers hold their breath for up to two minutes at a time as they hunt for abalone. There are daily shows, and bowls of the Jeju speciality, abalone porridge, to try. 

Seongsan Ilchulbong Peak is a 90-minute bus ride from Jeju City. It is open all year round, except in bad weather. The gates open one hour before sunrise each day, giving you plenty of time to get to the top if you want to experience the beauty of a sunrise over the sea. 

Popular Activities at Sunrise Peak

Get the most out of your visit to Sunrise Peak. Below is a list of the most popular things to do:

When planning your day out, you might want to think about purchasing a 2-Day Jeju Island Tour to Folk Village, Cave & Sunrise Peak or an East Coast Island Tour.

For many more things to do, peruse our Seogwipo things to do page.


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Best Lodging Options Near Seongsan Ilchulbong

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Co'op City Hotel Seongsan ¥3,163
Co'op City Hotel Seongsan

Co'op City Hotel Seongsan

28 Seongsandeungyong-ro, Seongsan-eup, Seogwipo
     
    3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Seongsan, this beach hotel is 0.7 mi (1.2 km) from Seongsan Ilchulbong and 2.9 mi (4.6 km) from Aqua Planet Jeju. Sehwa Beach and Seongeup Folk Village are also within 12 mi (20 km).

    The Best Jeju Seongsan Hotel ¥3,773
    The Best Jeju Seongsan Hotel

    The Best Jeju Seongsan Hotel

    26, Dongnyuam-ro, Seongsan-eup, Seogwipo, Jeju
       
      3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Seongsan, this hotel is 0.4 mi (0.6 km) from Ilchul-ro Beach and 2 mi (3.3 km) from Seongsan Ilchulbong. Sinyang Beach and Aqua Planet Jeju are also within 2 mi (3 km).

      Playce Camp Jeju ¥2,383
      Playce Camp Jeju

      Playce Camp Jeju

      20, Dongnyuam-ro, Seongsan-eup, Seogwipo, Jeju Island
         
        3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Seongsan, this beach hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Ilchul-ro Beach, Aqua Planet Jeju, and Seongsan Ilchulbong. Sukji Koji Beach and Seopjikoji are also within 3 mi (5 km).

        Brown Suites Jeju Hotel & Resort ¥3,649
        Brown Suites Jeju Hotel & Resort

        Brown Suites Jeju Hotel & Resort

        94, Goseongojo-ro, Seongsan-eup, Seogwipo
           
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Seongsan, this hotel is 0.5 mi (0.9 km) from Ilchul-ro Beach and 2.2 mi (3.5 km) from Seongsan Ilchulbong. Sinyang Beach and Aqua Planet Jeju are also within 2 mi (3 km).

          Ilchulsun Pension ¥4,332
          Ilchulsun Pension

          Ilchulsun Pension

          6-2, Seongsanjungang-ro 65beon-gil, Seongsan-eup, Seogwipo, Jeju Island
             
            2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Seongsan, this guesthouse is within 1 mi (2 km) of Ilchul-ro Beach and Seongsan Ilchulbong. Seongsan Pohang General Passenger Terminal and Sinyang Beach are also within 3 mi (5 km).

            BLUE MOUNTAIN HOTEL ¥3,971
            BLUE MOUNTAIN HOTEL

            BLUE MOUNTAIN HOTEL

            297, Ilchul-ro Seongsan-eup, Seogwipo, Jeju
               
              3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Seongsan, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Seongsan Pohang General Passenger Terminal and Seongsan Ilchulbong. Ilchul-ro Beach and Sinyang Beach are also within 3 mi (5 km).

              HU:AN Stay Hotel ¥3,363
              HU:AN Stay Hotel

              HU:AN Stay Hotel

              9, Seongsanjungang-ro 37beon-gil, Seongsan, Seogwipo
                 
                2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Seongsan, this beach hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Ilchul-ro Beach and Seongsan Ilchulbong. Seongsan Pohang General Passenger Terminal and Sinyang Beach are also within 3 mi (5 km).

                Seongsan Ilchulbong Pension ¥3,449
                Seongsan Ilchulbong Pension

                Seongsan Ilchulbong Pension

                271, Ilchul-ro Seongsan-eup, Seogwipo, Jeju
                   
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Seongsan, this condo building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Ilchul-ro Beach and Seongsan Ilchulbong. Seongsan Pohang General Passenger Terminal and Sinyang Beach are also within 3 mi (5 km).