Sangumburi Crater is a popular natural site where visitors stroll and spend time leisurely in total serenity. It is a space and time for 'healing' as they say.
Sangumburi was designated as a natural monument in 1979 due to its natural beauty and ecological wealth.
Located on the southeastern part of Jeju Island, Sangumburi has a somewhat flat crater with around 650 meters wide, a 100 meters deep, and over 2,000 meters in circumference.
The shape of the crater, if you are looking from above, is comparable to a circular stadium or similar human-made structure. It means that the cone shape is almost perfect!
Interestingly, especially among biologists and such living things experts, the crater is fecund with life.
You would not expect any volcano crater to be supporting life. It is supposed to be empty, barren, and lifeless. But obviously, this is the opposite. It is exciting to see! Ain't it?
Because of that feature, researchers flock the area to study and see if they can find anything exciting or something that is out-of-this-world plants or creatures!
Aside from the descriptions of its features above, let me say the following other attractions of Sangumburi...
You can find on the northern part the Nandaeseong vegetation which is bedecked with trees (armed with red thorns), magnolia trees (that show off snow-white or purple flowers in the Spring), and rare winter strawberries around.
On the southern part of the crater, you will find the Ondaerim vegetation, which are the evergreen plants, including the maple trees, mountain strawberry bushes, and other greens that blankets that part.
Yes, it would be great if you read the information below should you try deciding to visit this great site.
First, Sangumburi is open to visitors all-year-round, except when there are special events, such as recovery periods or harsh weather conditions.
Depending on the individual's age, the rate for admission varies. Please, check out your status below.
Individual: Adult: 6,000KRW; Youth: 4,000KRW, Child: 3,000KRW
Groups: Adults: 5,000KRW; Youth: 2,500KRW; Children: 2,500KRW
A group means that it is composed of 20 or more people to be admitted with a group discount's status.
The open hours depend on the season. Check it out as follow...
March to October: 9 AM to 6:40 PM
November to February: 9 AM to 5:40 PM
Visitors who come 40 minutes before the closing time will be allowed. Also, the closing time for accessibility depends on the weather conditions.
Parking areas and facilities are available onsite.
Travelers who come straight from your long-haul trip can feel welcome and comfortable as the site has valuable resources for your needs.
There is more to what was mentioned above.
Now, let me introduce you to some other attractions located close and not-so-close to Sangumburi Crater park.
Some of the following attractions and sites are walking distance while some are quickly reachable by bus, taxi or rented cars.
Jeju Central Park
This park is a theme park with five various zones. It has a World Heritage Land, Fantasy Land, Dinosaur Land, and other fun and educational offers for adults and children.
Geomun Oreum Lava Tube System
This Oreum is a UNESCO World Heritage designated site. It is composed of a series of lava tubes that can be traced from Geomun Oreum's eruption thousands of years ago. It is a parasitic cone with over 400 meters high above sea level.
Jeju World Natural Heritage Center
This center is a museum which promoted the idea that Jeju Island is the lone UNESCO World Natural Heritage in Korea. You can find features, samples, and evidence that could support that claim.
Saryeoni Forest Trail
Since you like Sangumburi Crater, presumably, you will find this trail worth exploring. The trail cuts through the thicket of cedar forest that lives between Mulchat Oreum and Saryeoni Oreum. You'll undoubtedly love the trail.
This cave is enlisted in the UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site list. Bengdwigul stretches over 4,000 meters with a shape compared to a maze. Geologists recognized that this cave is one of the caves with complex lava tube structures in the whole world.
They are some of the nearest attractions, and I believe there are other resources nearby where you can relax and enjoy your time.
Besides private and rented vehicles, you can get to the crater area via public transportation--bus or taxi.
If you arrived at Jeju International Airport, just head to the exit area and flag a taxi or approach the waiting cab.
Taxis can be found along the bus stops areas. Most operators use a metered-counter, and you can pay by card. Cash, of course, are most welcome.
Since most drivers use the local language, you might have to have your destination's name written (or photo) in the Korean language.
It takes, at most, 40 minutes to reach Sangumburi Crater from Jeju Airport.
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Thanks, and enjoy your travels!