Seopjikoji is a coastal attraction area on Jeju Island, South Korea. It is an open site with the vast blue ocean in front of you, making you relax and enjoy serene space and time.
Seopjikoji is a name given from its shape. The term 'koji' is a Jeju language for a cape, which actually is jutting out to the sea.
You can travel to Seopjikoji either via public transport or rented vehicle available all over this famous island (dubbed a 'Hawaii of Asia'). It is located south of Seongsan Ilchulbong Tuff Cone.
Seongsan should also be on your list when you visit Seopjikoji, as the former is worth your visit. Seongsan offers a fantastic vista of the ocean, the island, and the yellow fields of canola flowers.
From the top of Seopjikoji Hill, you can find a beacon fire station used in ancient times to alarm any impending event, such as enemy attacks.
The beacon is about four meters high with a nine-meter diameter, built with volcanic rocks found everywhere on the island.
At the backside of the beacon fire station, you can see the Bulgeun-oreum Volcanic Cone, covered with reddish soil.
Atop the cone stands a white lighthouse contrasting the two elements. So, get ready with your camera as you approach the area!
Seopjikoji's unique site and location make it an ideal place not only for a relaxation time among visitors. Film-makers come to take advantage of its perfect background and site for creating movies and soap operas.
The area is open to the public, and it is free. It is very safe for younger people and children to explore.
Walking from its entrance area to the hill could only take around 30 minutes to accomplish. However, you can spend more time cherishing whatever you find enjoyable and worth exploring!
The sea breeze is undoubtedly great for the body, mind, and heart!
If you are driving, you can park your vehicle at its parking area for a fee. One dollar (USD) should suffice the sedan's parking fee and double that for a van or bus.
Now, aside from the relaxation site and destination, you can also explore more places close to or nearby the area. Check them out below...
Hanwha Aqua Planet Jeju (아쿠아플라넷 제주)
Hanhwa Aqua Planet Jeju is located in Seogwipo-si. It has the most extensive aquarium entertainment and educational facility, it claimed, among the East Asian nations.
It boasts over 45,000 marine life from both local and international collections of sea creatures.
Sinyang Beach (Seopjikoji) (신양 섭지코지해변)
Also located in Seogwipo-si, Sinyang Beach should be the closest one you can immediately find as it is in Seopjikoji itself.
Just like most of Jeju Island's beaches, it has pristine blue water, fine sand, and black volcanic rocks by the shore that create striking contrasts. Sinyang Beach is also one of the famous beach areas on the island.
Seongsan Ilchulbong Tuff Cone [UNESCO World Heritage] (성산일출봉)
Seongsan Ilchulbong Tuff Cone is one of the most popular attractions and destinations in Seogwipo-si Jeju-do. It is an ecological and geological tourist site that reaches 180 meters above sea level.
It is formed around 5,000 years ago by the magma flow under the sea. It is said that Seongsan used to be a separate island, but geological movements changed and connected it with the mainland.
Honinji Pond (혼인지)
Honinji Pond is another ecological tourist site located in Seogwipo-si. It is considered home to a myth telling that Jeju Island is the origin of agriculture and farming.
The legend says that the three demi-gods (Samsinin) who lived on the island married locals, and things started to get better since then.
Jeju Olle Trail - Route 1-1 (Udo Island Olle)
Jeju Olle Trail Route 1-1 is one of the best trails if you come to Jeju-si for hiking and exploration. This trail is shaped like a cow lying on the ground.
In fact, it is called 'Udo,' which means cow island in the Korean language. Udo Island is famous for its fresh green fields, volcanic rock walls, imposing lighthouse, and best sceneries whenever you turn.
Indeed, there are more places and sites to explore in the nearby Seopjikoji area. For now, let me give you a bit of guideline on how to come to this area if you are wondering how.
If you are outside Jeju Island, you should arrive or land at Jeju International Airport. You can take any public transport to Seopjikoji--by bus, rented car/van, or taxi from the airport.
As you arrive at the airport, get on any bus that travels to Seogwipo City, then transfer to a bus (Number 910) at Seogwipo Intercity Bus Terminal.
Get off at Seopjikoji Bus Stop, and you can take a taxi to the Seopjikoji Entrance area (takes 5 minutes). If you want, you can hike to the site to exercise or save your taxi fare.
A taxi from Jeju Airport to Seopjikoji should take around 40 to 45 minutes (approximately 25-30 USD).
Thanks for reading, and I wish you a wonderful trip!