The peak of Seongsan Ilchulbong rose from under the sea during a volcanic eruption over 100,000 years ago. Located at the eastern end of Jeju-do Island, it has a crater of 600m in diameter and 90m in height at its very peak. The 99 sharp rocks surrounding the crater give it the appearance of a gigantic crown.
The northwest side of the peak is a verdant grassy hill that connects with the Seongsan Village and is a great place for walks and horse riding. The peak is known as the Sunrise Peak due to the magnificent views of sunrise that the peak affords. These glorious sunrises make it a tremendously romantic setting and visitors come from far and wide just to witness this exquisite site.
The locals even throw a New Year's Eve festival to celebrates the peak’s glorious vista of the sun’s early appearance. The local game of Ganggangsulle is played where everyone gathers around in a large circle, hold hands and make wishes for the year ahead. As the sun rises on the first day of the year a golden tape is cut and those fortunate enough to attend will be greeted with a theatrical play, jazz performances and even the mandarin eating contest! Attendees are encouraged to bring warm clothes and a nice hot flask of tea and coffee in order to enjoy the spectacle fully.