On account of it being located on the far eastern edge of Jeju, Seongsan Ilchubong has the earliest sunset on the island and it's become very much the thing to go see the sun rise from atop this UNESCO World Heritage-listed site's 182-meter-high peak. So the day after we had an early dinner and a far earlier bed time than we usually do, one of my friends and I got up and went for a predawn hike up Seongsan Ilchubong that we were able to accomplish in far less time (some 20 minutes!) than I had anticipated, with plenty of time to find a prime viewing spot from which to view what turned out to be a truly stunning sunrise... :)
It was still pretty dark when we approached and
began our ascent of Seongsan Ilchulbong
The path up was clear enough though
thanks to there being lights showing the way
I really was amazed by how far up we got in so short a time!
The horizon was orange-tinged but the moon was still visible
and far up in the sky when we picked our sunrise viewing spots
Here comes the sun, looking as though
it's rising out of the grayish-blue sea!
That's the sun, not the moon! :O
The sun looked to me like it was causing
portions of the horizon to melt!
from someone who is far more of a night owl than early bird! :b