Seongye Falls (seongye pokpo [전계폭포])

Byeonsan-myeon / Byeonsan-bando National Park, Jeollabuk-do, South Korea

About Seongye Falls (seongye pokpo [전계폭포])


Hiking Distance: roadside
Suggested Time:

Date first visited: 2023-06-21
Date last visited: 2023-06-21

Waterfall Latitude: 35.62852
Waterfall Longitude: 126.63475

Waterfall Safety and Common Sense

Seongye Falls (Seongye Pokpo [전계폭포]; I’ve also seen it spelled Seonggye) was a 60m seasonal waterfall that only flows after heavy rain.

We happened to stumble upon this waterfall while driving in Byeonsanbando National Park in an effort to pursue the Jikso Falls

Seongye_Falls_008_iPhone_06212023 - Seongye Falls
Seongye Falls

Aside from the fact that the waterfall wasn’t flowing during our late June 2023 visit, we’ll just reflect what we were able to read from the sign that compelled us to stop here in the first place.

The sign stated that there was a Seongyesa Temple above this waterfall (something we didn’t pursue).

The sign also said that the name of this waterfall may have something to do with Lee Seong-gye of the Joseon Dynasty, who apparently stayed here and practiced martial arts.

Anyways, for all intents and purposes, this waterfall was a roadside waterfall seen on the way to the Naebyeonsan car park (see directions below).

Seongye_Falls_007_iPhone_06212023 - Another look at the Songye Falls not doing so well during my late June 2023 visit
Another look at the Songye Falls not doing so well during my late June 2023 visit

It may be an indicator waterfall for the Jikso Falls because if this waterfall’s flowing, there’s a very good chance that the other one will, too.

However, the converse may not be true where if Songye Falls doesn’t flow, then Jikso Falls doesn’t necessarily have bad flow either given its bigger drainage (though both were dry during my late June 2023 visit).

Authorities

Songye Falls resides in Byeonsanbando National Park near the city of Jeonju in the Jeollanam-do Province, South Korea. It may be administered by the Korean National Park Service as well as local authorities. For information or inquiries about the area as well as current conditions, you can try visiting this website for leads.

Seongye_Falls_001_iPhone_06212023 - The signage that compelled us to stop for the Seongye Falls during our visit in late June 2023
Seongye_Falls_002_iPhone_06212023 - An interpretive sign in Korean explaining some stuff about the Songye Falls


Songye Falls lies within Byeonsanbando National Park near the town and county of Buan.

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).

Drive_to_Jikso_025_MingSung_06212023 - Making the long drive in the rain from Suncheon to Byeonsanbando National Park
Making the long drive in the rain from Suncheon to Byeonsanbando National Park

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).

Drive_to_Jikso_050_MingSung_06212023 - Approaching the Songye Falls, which would have compelled us to stop if the falls was seen to be flowing (which you can see it was not during our visit)
Approaching the Songye Falls, which would have compelled us to stop if the falls was seen to be flowing (which you can see it was not during our visit)

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 didn’t actively pursue the Songye Falls and only stumbled upon it on accident when we pursued Jikso Falls.

That said, surprisingly, if you enter 전계폭포 (Songye Falls) as the destination (도착) in Kakao, it will find it.

But just to give you a little perspective on how far this waterfall is from the Jikso Falls, it’s about 11km or less than 30 minutes drive from the Naebyeonsan car park (변산반도국립공원 내변산주차장).

Drive_to_Jeonju_011_MingSung_06212023 - The scenery around Byeonsanbando National Park was full of these kinds of rock outcrops, and it was no wonder why they gazetted it as a national park
The scenery around Byeonsanbando National Park was full of these kinds of rock outcrops, and it was no wonder why they gazetted it as a national park

For geographical context, Buan was about 48km (an hour drive) west of Jeonju, 83km (about an hour drive) north of Gwangju, 125km (under 2 hours drive) southwest of Daejeon, about 154km (about 2 hours drive) northwest of Suncheon, and 240km (over 3 hours drive) south of Seoul.

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