Cheonjeyeon Waterfall in Jeju Island is a popular tourist attraction for its natural beauty and also for the charming Seonimgyo Bridge over it. It is an arch bridge that crosses the eastern and western sides of the stream between the second and third tiers of the famous waterfall. Locals also refer to Seonimgyo Bridge as “Chilseonhyeogyo”, which literally means “Seven Nymphs Bridge” and refers to the seven nymphs carved on both sides of the bridge playing musical instruments. They symbolize a Korean legend that involves seven beautiful nymphs who came down to earth from heaven at night to take a dip in the waterfall. Cheonjeyeon Waterfall is so enamoring that several legends have spurred about heavenly beings taking a bathe in its waters.
Viewed together, Seonimgyo Bridge and Cheonjeyeon Waterfall represent the cultural, man-made beauty of Jeju-do alongside the natural environment. From the waterfall, one gets a picturesque view of the red and white colored bridge with lush green foliage as background. On the other hand, one gets a dizzying view of the gorge below while standing in the middle of the bridge.
Seonimgyo Bridge is a pedestrian bridge that connects Cheonjeyeon with the Jungmun Tourist Complex. It was completed in 1984 and today it is considered by many as one of the World’s Most Spectacular Pedestrian Bridges, adding to the many world-class attractions in the island. Jeju-do is also home to Korea’s tallest mountain (Halla Mountain or Halla-san), the world’s largest known lava column that is found inside the Manjanggul lava tube and the world famous Jusangjeolli Cliffs that are rivaled only by Northern Island’s Giant’s Causeway.
Jeju-do is easily South Korea’s most exotic and most beautiful island. It is also the largest. Detached from the mainland Korean Peninsula, Jeju-do is teeming with natural wonders including different rock formations that could not be seen elsewhere in the world. Both Halla Mountain and Manjanggul lava tube are UNESCO World Nature Heritage Sites, as well as Seongsan Ilchulbong Peak. The island also boasts of its waterfalls, springs, forests, beaches, museums, exciting culture, well preserved heritage, exotic foods and friendly locals. Because it is isolated from the rest of South Korea, the island has developed a set of natural, man-made and intangible attractions that are undeniably Jeju-do. Young couples and honeymooners especially love Jeju-do since it is South Korea’s premier honeymoon destination. Every young Korean lady’s dream is to spend her honeymoon in this enchanting island.
Seonimgyo Bridge was the first arch bridge or Ojakgyo in the island that followed a modern yet traditional design. It has 100 guard rails and 34 stone lanterns that beautifully light up at night. According to the Korea Tourism Organization, construction of this landmark bridge was worth 400 million won. It is 128 meters long, 78 meters tall, 4 meters wide and weighs 230 tons. There are 14 nymphs in all; each is about 20 meters long. At the Cheonjeyeon side of the bridge is a stairwell that leads down to the waterfalls. It’s a picturesque hike down, covered by a canopy of tree branches.