Friday, January 18, 2013

Asian Eyes' Korea - Cheongjeyeon Waterfall

This Cheonjiyeon Waterfall  at 
night is a beautiful sight with 
lights illumination, but not to 
be confused with Cheonjeyeon 
Waterfall that we visited.  
       Day 3, Nov/19/2012, 2.00 pm: After crossing the Seonimgyo Bridge, we arrived at the top of the stairs leading to Cheonjeyeon Waterfalls. Cheonjeyeon Waterfall is a three-tier waterfall with cold water flows out of the ceiling of a cave. Between the precipice of the waterfall and the lower clay layer, water springs out. In first cascade, the cliff is 22 m high and the water falls into Cheonjeyeon pond which is 21 m. From there, the water goes to the second waterfall and falls 30 m and continues to the third waterfall and eventually the water reaches the ocean. Cheonjeyeon means Pond of the Emperor of Heaven. According to Korean legend, seven nymphs would descend from the heavens at night and bathe in the waterfall's pond. 
        The warm temperate forest around Cheonjeyeon Waterfall was designated Natural Monument No. 378 because of the rare plants it contains and its value for scientific research. Rare plants such as the solipnan plants (skeleton fork fern) can be found around the falls in the crevices of rocks. Since ancient times, it is thought that standing under the waterfall on the 15th day of the seventh lunar month can cure diseases by the eighth lunar month, though swimming is now prohibited. On the May of even-numbered years, the Chilseonyeo (Seven Nymphs) Festival is held at this location. The waterfall is one of the three famous waterfalls of Jeju, the other two being Cheonjiyeon Waterfall and Jeongbang Waterfall.
       We heaved and puffed along the 10 minutes trail, but it was a good exercise after a heavy black pork meat steamboat meal. The breath taking view of Cheonjeyeon Waterfall took all soreness away once we reached it. We spend some 15 minutes clicking away and then scrambled back  up to the entrance. Here are some pictures I took at Cheonjeyeon Waterfall:
Location: 666-7, Cheonji-dong, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do 666-7, South Korea.
Coordinates: 33.252818°N 126.417274°E
Cheonjeyeon Waterfalls, Korea National Natural Monument #378, a must see for tourists for far and near.
More information regarding Cheonjeyeon Waterfall at the top of a fleet of stairs leading to the waterfall.
After 10 minutes down a steep fleet of stairs, a clearing area for viewing the waterfall came to our view, hastening our steps down faster.
Finally, the view of Cheonjeyeon Waterfall at mid day at the viewing area above Cheonjeyeon pond.
Cheonjeyeon Waterfall. We were told that at night the waterfall is much more beautiful, and maybe we will meet the fairies who ascended there for a skinny dip. Ha Ha, day dreaming!
What comes down must go up. Now back where we came from. Up you go Big M and Mummy M. 
A final backward glance at the Cheonjeyeon Waterfall before we bid goodbye. 
Flora are found along the way in Cheonjeyeon Waterfall and Korean tourism board did a good job by putting up these descriptive signboard to 
educate the public. 
Flowers planted to perk up the park area at the entrance to Cheonjeyeon Waterfall.

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