Who would’ve thought that something yet so tragic ends up becoming a beautiful wonder? A designated natural monument and one of the finest lava tunnels in the world, Jeju Manjanggul Cave, measures for 14, 422m and is formed after lava coming from deep in the ground sprouts from the peak and flows to the surface. A beautiful and wonderful site we all should get excited about, Jeju Manjanggul Cave has a variety of interesting structures inside including 70cm lava stalagmites and the lava tube tunnels.
The stone pillars and stalactites are widely spread and the tunnels shows off the cave’s topographical features. After about 20-30 minutes of walking through Manjanggul Cave, we reached our trail milestone – the Stone Turtle. This is a natural formation and it is one of the attractions in the Cave because it looked like a turtle and the shape of the overall structure resembling Jeju island’s shape. It is especially eye-catching for its distinct shape. Along the wall of the Manjanggul Cave, you will find a lava flow and patterns of straight lines are naturally formed by lava flowing through this Manjanggul lava tube many many years ago. The lava no longer flow through here so it is safe to visit the Manjanggul cave.
Visitors can also spectate on rare animals such as bats living in the tunnel, which makes this tunnel valuable for researchers as well. The inside of the tunnel has a temperature of 11~21℃, creating a comfortable atmosphere.
*photo source: https://blog.naver.com/sheothd111/221025415762
Another site in Jeju: https://thisiskoreatours.com/project/yongduam-rock/