About Eongtto Falls (eongtto pokpo [엉또폭포])
Eongtto Falls (Eongtto Pokpo [엉또폭포]) was a temporary waterfall that only flows during or immediately after heavy rain.
Therefore, when this 50m waterfall does flow, it’s actually a pretty big deal, which was something we personally witnessed during our late June 2023 visit under some persistent heavy rain conditions.
Heck, it was a big enough deal that the car park and the walk to the falls was like a zoo during our visit.
Moreover, there was some TV crew filming at the falls, and they actually kicked people off the viewing deck so they can film (we were among those kicked out)!
Indeed, this was one of those love-hate kind of waterfalls because when it’s not flowing, I’ve seen reviews lamenting the fact that they took the trouble to come here only to be disappointed.
Anyways, starting from the car park (see directions below), which had a limited amount of parking space, we then walked back across the bridge leading to the path for the falls.
After crossing the bridge, we then followed a walkway along the Akgeuncheon Stream for about 300m before going up steps to the Eongttopokpo Waterfall lookout, which has a lower and upper level.
From the lower level, the foliage fronting the waterfall makes it appear less taller than what the 50m figure might suggest.
The view is a little better at the upper level of the lookout, but that’s where things got really crowded with people (especially since everyone had umbrellas) during our visit.
Once we were booted out of the upper level of the lookout so the TV crew could film, we then headed down a different trail leading past a citrus field before going down a sloping road to rejoin the trail we were on earlier.
Overall, we spent about 30 minutes away from the car, and it really seemed like there were more cars queueing up waiting for a parking spot to open when we returned versus when we first got here in the mid-afternoon (after 3pm).
Eongtto Waterfall resides in the northwestern outskirts of Seogwipo on the southern coast of Jeju Island, South Korea. It is administered by the local authorities of Seogwipo. For information or inquiries about the area as well as current conditions, you can try visiting their website for leads.
Eongtto Falls is situated on the northwestern outskirts of the city of Seogwipo-si.
Rather than confuse you with a bunch of turn-by-turn directions that won’t mean anything to you, I’ll just tell you that it’s best to use a Korean routing software on a phone that’s hooked up to a Korean Network (as Google Maps doesn’t work in Korea).
We prefer using a SIM card with an unlimited data plan for this purpose so we shouldn’t be running out of data while routing (while also allowing us to use that phone as a hot spot).
Regardless of what your current location is (and South Korea is as well-connected of a country as I had ever seen), use Kakao Map app to navigate your way through all the city streets, interchanges, and local rural roads.
It even tells you the whereabouts of speed bumps, school zones, speed cameras, and all the particulars about which lane to take when there’s a decision point with multiple lanes involved.
The only catch to using Kakao Map (or any other Korean routing app) is that you’ll need to at least learn how to put your place names in Hangeul (the Korean writing system).
That’s because using romanized words and expecting the app to find it doesn’t always work, but placenames in Hangeul almost always can be found in the app.
Anyways, in our example, we were coming from the Cheonjiyeon Falls (천지연폭포), so with that as our starting point (출발), we set up 엉또폭포 (Eongtto Falls) as the destination (도착).
This route took us less around 30 minutes to go the 11km distance (Kakao Map says it should take less than 20 minutes), but it actually tried to take us up some back way (near a school) that didn’t exist so it took longer than needed.
From the Jungmun Tourist Complex, Eongtto Falls was under 30 minutes drive for the 10km distance.
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