Jeju island has some of the most beautiful sites and scenery in Korea, and also the world. Of the many scenic walking trails that cover the island, #7 is arguably the best one. Unfortunately, I didn’t have time to walk the whole trail, but what I did get to see was breathtaking. The highlight was walking down a staircase to a natural swimming pool surrounded by cliffs. We definitely got a lot of stares and pictures taken of us: About 50-60 foreigners jumping off cliffs into the crystal clear water. I could have stayed in this area all day.
Along this trail you can see beautiful views of the famous Oedolgae Rock. It’s basically a huge rock pillar shooting out of the ocean about 20 meters. One of the legends is that when Korea was getting attacked from a foreign army, they disguised the rock as a general. The attackers were so terrified that they all committed suicide before reaching the coast. One of my friends was leaning on the rail to take a picture, and it gave out. He almost fell off the cliff, but was lucky and his foot caught on a small branch. It caused quite a scene, and of course was referenced repeatedly for the rest of the trip. Scary!