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SEONGSAN Sunrise Peak
The crater of Sunrise Peak consists of 99 rock peaks along its rim that look as if they are escorting the crater and forming a castle. For that reason, the basin was considered to be holy, and it was named "SEONGSAN" which literally means holy mountain. The view of the sunrise here is truly remarkable.
"GOSU" means an old and primitive forest. There is an argument that the area adjacent to HWANGSAPYEONG is GOSU; however, it seems to have resulted from a similar pronunciation. "GOSUMOCKMA" refers to the view of horse flocks freely roaming throughout the foot of Mt. HALLA.
With SEOPSEOM and BEOMSEOM Island in front, the JEONGBANG Waterfall is right at the edge of the ocean. The JEJU people believed that a holy dragon lived under the waterfall. It has been said that since the water has its spirit, it has cured illnesses and caused rain to fall during a drought. In addition, there is another small waterfall nearby, looking like a servant waiting on a dignified lord. That's why it was chosen as one of the scenic wonders of JEJU among other big waterfalls in JEJU.
It has been said that immortal beings drank the clean water under the snow in BAEKROKDAM, the crater on the top of Mt. HALLA, which does not melt until early summer. Therefore, it was considered a sacred place and has been chosen as one of the Scenic Wonders of YOUNGJU.
"YEONGGU" means "a hill where an immortal being lives". This indicates that it is a place far away from the secular world. Even though "CHUNHWA" means "spring flowers", YEONGGUCHUNHWA does not refer to watching spring flowers. Instead, it ought to be understood that the JEJU's ancestors highly valued the mysterious feeling of being close to the immortal being even though it only happened in their minds.
SANBANG Cave Buddhist Temple
A Buddhist statue is enshrined in a cave on the southwestern slope of Mt. SANBANG. With a height of 5 m, a length of 10 m and a width of 5 m, it is not known when this statute was carved. It is said to have been HEIL residence during the GOREYO Dynasty and the calligrapher JEONG-HEE KIM (nick name: CHUSA) often visited here to contemplate life. Water drips from the ceiling and some JEJU people say the water droplets are tears of goddess SANBANGDEOK who guards the mountain. Legend has it that this daughter of Mt. SANBANG was gorgeous. She fell in love with a youth named GOSEONG but an official in town who had a crush on her confiscated his property and falsely put him into exiled him. Disappointed and despairing of the world rife with sins, SANBANGDEOK returned to the SANBANG cave, turned herself into a rock, and continues to weep to this day.
Along the YEONGSIL ("YEONSIL" means "permanent stream" and "GIAM" means "a mysterious rock") hiking trail, strangely-shaped rocks can be found. They line the deep valleys to the tops. The majestic sight of about 500 rock pillars standing high toward the sky is enough to stun beholders. Because the rocks look as if 500 arhats (greak monks who achieved nirvana) are standing, they are sometimes called the "500 arhats". Legend has it that if a person shouted, the 500 rocks would made a thick fog, keeping the person from distinguishing the direction he or she was walking.
When you contemplate the sunset (NAKJO) from the top of Sara Peak right beside the sea, the waves in Whale Cave beneath the cliff ought to be included in your appreciative gaze. It looks as if the sun and the sky are the burning themselves together. The sight of this sunset both inspires and refreshes. Fishing boats bobbing on the sea are picturesque
The name GYULRIMCHUSAEK comes from autumn landscape of mandarin orchards around the OHYEONDAN Shrine in old JEJU City. There has long been an abundance of mandarins here in JEJU. They make the autumn landscape of the island a magnificent, glowing golden orange. There is talk of designating the orchard which had been in front of OHYEONDAN one of the ten Scenic Wonders in JEJU. However, according to an ancient document, GYULRIMCHUSAEK refers to the view of the mandarin trees across the island rather than ones that belong to a specific place.
On the map, WOLLANG Peak is almost round. It is a large OREUM with the length of its major axis of 1,013m and a circumference of 3,391m. It is 227m in height and the overall rounded slope is steep. Around the OREUM, there is DARANGSHI Village (WOLLANG-DONG) which was destroyed during the April Third Uprising and DARANGSHI Cave where the 11 bodies of victims of the April Third Uprising were discovered in 1992.