Yongyeon Pond: The Dragon’s Pool

Written by on March 17, 2011 in Travel

Brackish water is a term used to described water with more salinity than fresh water, but less than seawater. The phenomenon is most common in estuaries, where rivers meet the sea. All this technical jargon may lead one to believe that areas joining a river and sea may be less than spectacular, but you’d be wrong. The Dragon’s Pond of Jeju is often left off tourist itineraries, but skipping it would mean missing out on one of Jeju’s best kept secrets.

Yongyeon Pond, or Yongyeon Yabeom, is a spectacular find east of Jeju’s main airport. Stretching from the interior of the island out to the sea is a calm, yet beautiful meandering river. Visitors to this park are greeted by a large suspension bridge over a gorge, which takes one to a large octagonal pavilion. From here, one may saunter along the river’s edge soaking in the quiet sounds of the water below.

Yongyeon Pond has significant historical significance on Jeju Island. During the Joseon Dynasty, the area was used to host important state banquets because of its beautiful surroundings and tranquil setting. Rock walls that form a curtain with eight folds flank the river. Once a month, the full moon shines on the pond, creating one of the best sights on all of Jeju.


  • Address: Jeju Special Self-Governing Province Jeju-si Yongdap-dong
  • Phone: Korea Travel Phone +82-64-1330 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese); For more info +82-64-710-6594 (Korean)
  • Website: http://www.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/SI/SI_EN_3_1_1_1.jsp?cid=1057049
  • Directions
    * Take the city bus towards Hagwi from Jeju-si >> Get off at Yongdam Rotary >> 15 min walk
    * Take the Airport Bus >> Get off at Yongdam Rotary >> 15 min walk

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