Yongduam Rock (용두암)
Also known as Dragon Head Rock is located on the beautiful coast about 10 minutes from the islands capital: Jeju City. Wind and water have helped shape this now famous landmark, but the legends of how it came to be are much more interesting.
One legend says that a dragon stole an elixir of immortality from the God of Mt. Hallasan but was struck down by the God’s arrow. It crashed into the sea and turned to stone with only it’s head left peaking out of the water. This makes wind and water seem much more boring.
This area is definitely a tourist hot spot with loads of visitors making their way down the steep steps to get a better view of the popular rock. The coastline is jagged and spectacular; climbing around on the rocks is a tad scary (especially with sandals) but also a lot of fun and it can offer you some unique views of the coast line.
There are lots of restaurants and tourist shops around this area. This was where I discovered the greatest ice cream sandwich ever; it was Jeju Orange flavored ice cream sandwiched between vanilla cake…so…good!
This is a great spot to visit during your time on Jeju. If you’re lucky you might even spot the women divers known as haeneo catching their seafood for the day in this area. The coast is dramatic and worthy of taking many pictures and the Yongduam Rock is a unique sight to behold.
There is no admission to see the rock and it is open to the public 24hours. For information on how to get there take a peek at the Visit Korea website.