Korea : Cheonjeyeon Waterfalls


Cheonjeyeon Falls is not to be confused with Cheonjiyeon falls.

The English translation is very close with both involving the word God and it is easy to think they are the same and miss viewing two locations.

Entrance fee is at 2500 Korean won.

Many have ended up seeing just either.

Cheonjeyeon Falls (천제연폭포), named ‘The pond of God’ tells the story of 7 nymphs who came down to earth to take a bath.

There is a bridge across the gorge. You can get a view of Mount Hallasan.

The bridge is a decorated with the 7 angels.

Do prepare for a walk as you will need to hike down to ground level to see the falls.

How many waterfalls are there here? A total of three.

All three are in separate locations and each requiring a hike.

As you walk the trail, you will find small streams and small falls.

The first spot is a calm pool.

It makes for a perfect reflection of the rock pillars.

If you are lucky, the water will overflow and flow into the pool. I guess you cannot have the best of both worlds.

The calm allows you to reflect on life and listen to your thoughts, for a few seconds before the piercing screams and shouts of tourist from a certain nation which we are all aware of if you are from Asia.

I would estimate the hike down to this location would take about 10 minutes.

The second waterfall is half way up the trail and it is flowing, you get breathtaking view. There is a viewing deck where you can sit and enjoy the view at base level.

Prior to the trip, I had wanted to purchase ND filters to shoot long exposure shots in daylight. The costs was not justifiable and in the end, I decided against it.

I shot these photos overexposed by around 3 stops in RAW. The original of these photos are close to whitewashed.

Using the power of Adobe Lightroom, I managed to reduce the exposure by 6 stops and achieved acceptable photos along with the smooth creamy water flow.

Heading back up the the bridge level was quite tiring and required a lot of leg muscles.

The third waterfall is further and on the right side of the bridge. Not many people venture here and this waterfall is quieter. The adventurous and energetic will head down to the 3rd waterfall.

However, this waterfall is the furthest from where the bridge. The viewing deck is slightly higher than the waterfall and allows a different vantage point.

It was time to head back to the car and it was a long hike of many steps. It would take about 10 minutes to climb the steps and it is a long climb. Your legs will feel numb by this time due to the numerous steps up and down to view the waterfalls.

After a long walk, the walk down the steep bridge did challenge the muscles in my legs.

Total time spent here was a little over 1 hour. We were quick and still took our time at each spot.

My legs were numb but was it worth it? Yes and you should make sure you go and see all 3 falls. Wear comfortable shoes, lots of sunblock and if you want, sample some of the fresh cold drinking fountains.

Please heed these warnings. Happy hiking.


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