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2021 World Heritage Festival: Jeju Volcanic Island and Lava Tubes

The 2021 World Heritage Festival will open the door to Jeju attractions usually closed to the public. This article will explain how you can get involved.

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Exploring Jeju’s Hidden Heritage2021 World Heritage Festival: Jeju Volcanic Island and Lava Tubes

Jeju has plenty of World Heritage sites that tell the story of the island’s tumultuous, volcanic beginnings. Tourists can visit many of these sites throughout the year. The dramatic cliffs of Seongsan Ilchulbong Peak, the mysterious underground stretch of Manjanggul Cave, and Jusangjeolli Cliff’s unique columnar rock formations are highlights of many people’s trips. But there are plenty of heritage sites that don’t draw as much attention. The World Heritage Festival: Jeju Volcanic Islands and Lava Tubes aims to highlight some of these more unknown sites. The festival, which will take place from October 1 until October 17, will run several programs. Most of them are limited in the number of people who can participate due to the sensitive nature of the heritage sites. But for the chosen few, the tours will be a brilliant chance to explore some of Jeju’s off-limit attractions. 

Experience and Appreciate Jeju’s World Heritage12 Festival Highlights

12 events have been organized during the festival period. Each of these lets participants explore a part of Jeju’s world natural heritage in greater detail. The programs will focus on the areas around the Geomun Oreum Lava Tube System, Manjanggul Lava Tube, Hallasan Mountain, Seongsan Ilchulbong Peak, and heritage villages. Most of the programs are only open to a limited number of participants, so you’ll need to book a spot in advance and the price varies depending on the tour. However, the heritage town program, wellness festival, and one of the Walking tour trail will be open to anyone.  

Path of Ten Thousand YearsWalking Tour


The walking tour consists of four paths: the Origin Trail, Lava Trail, Cave Trail, and the Stone and Life Trail. Each walk will take visitors on paths around the Geomun Oreum Lava Tube System, a volcanic hill known for its extensive underground lava tube system and beautiful nature. Reservations open to join the trails on August 12.


2021 World Heritage Festival: Jeju Volcanic Island and Lava Tubes
2021 World Heritage Festival: Jeju Volcanic Island and Lava Tubes
An Authentic AdventurePilgrimage to World Natural Heritage Sites


This is a 7-day, 6-night expedition that will see participants travel from Hallasan Mountain, the 1,950-meter tall peak that stands in the center of Jeju, to Seongsan Ilchulbong Peak, a volcanic tuff cone on the island’s eastern coast and one of the island’s most well-known sites. Participation recruitment starts on July 13.


2021 World Heritage Festival: Jeju Volcanic Island and Lava Tubes
2021 World Heritage Festival: Jeju Volcanic Island and Lava Tubes
2021 World Heritage Festival: Jeju Volcanic Island and Lava Tubes
Touring World Heritage CavesExploration Bus


The Exploration Bus will operate throughout the festival, taking participants on a tour of Jeju’s World Natural Heritage lava tubes in the Geomun Oreum Lava Tube System. These sites are both striking places to visit and great places to learn about Jeju’s volcanic past. Registration for the bus tours opens on August 12.


See Jeju in a New LightNight Walking at Hallasan Mountain’s Eoseungsaengak Trail


The Night Walking program will allow participants to climb Hallasan Mountain’s Eoseungsaengak Trail at night. This short trail takes hikers to the summit of Eoseungsaengoreum Peak, a volcanic hill situated within Hallasan National Park. Registration opens on August 12, and you can make the climb on one of three days between October 8 to 10.


Special ExplorationManjanggul Lava Tube


The Special Exploration is a chance to walk along the entire 7.4 kilometers of Manjanggul Lava Tube, not just the one-kilometer section that is usually open to the public. Before commencing the exploration, participants must take a preparatory learning course. Only two tours will operate, one in September and one in October. Participation recruitment starts on July 13.


2021 World Heritage Festival: Jeju Volcanic Island and Lava Tubes
2021 World Heritage Festival: Jeju Volcanic Island and Lava Tubes
Special ExplorationBengdwigul Lava Tube


This tour will see visitors allowed to explore sections of Bengdwigul Lava Tube not typically open to the public. The tour will operate every Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday during the festival. Registration for the program opens on August 12.


Special ExplorationManjanggul Lava Tube and Gimnyeonggul Lava Tube


This tour takes participants through parts of Manjanggul Lava Tube and Gimnyeonggul Lava Tube—another cave close to Manjanggul. The tour will run every Sunday, Friday, and Saturday during the festival’s operation. Registration opens on August 12.


A New Side to Jeju LifeWorld Natural Heritage Town Programs


The World Natural Heritage Town Programs will see seven of Jeju’s heritage towns that tells their stories. Visitors get to learn about each village’s culture, way of life, and even food specialties.


A New Way to Experience a World Heritage SiteManjanggul Cave Immersive Art Performance


This is a 360-degree art experience that will see images projected onto the surfaces of Manjanggul Lava Tube. The visuals and stereoscopic sound will complement the cave’s unique characteristics, creating an immersive experience. The experience will run from October 14 until October 17 and be limited to 30 people per show. Reservations will open on August 12.


Celebrating Natural HeritageWorld Natural Heritage Commemoration Ceremony


The World Natural Heritage Commemoration Ceremony will take place at Umutgaehaean Beach at the foot of Seongsan Ilchulbong Peak. It’s a chance to view performances celebrating Jeju’s natural heritage. The ceremony will take place on October 16, and registration opens on August 12.


Wellness FestivalBreath of Fire Festival


yoga, and other healing programs. There will also be food, exhibitions, and performances by local artists. The Breath of Fire Festival will operate at weekends during the festival period from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. It will take place at the entrance to Manjanggul Cave.


Open to AnyoneBreath of Fire Art Project


The Breath of Fire Art Project will see artwork displayed along the path of Walking Tour. The exhibit will be open to participants of Walking Tour throughout the duration of the festival.


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