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Saturday, March 23, 2013

Manjanggul lava cave (만장굴), Jeju Island, South Korea.

Introduction:

Manjanggul lava cave (만장굴 [유네스코 세계자연유산])  one of the world's largest lava tube is part of the Geomunoreum Lava Tube System which listed under UNESCO World Heritage site. The tunnel is formed 200,000-300,000 years ago when lava spill out from earth surface and the molten traveled, the path of the molten is what being left behind.. lava cave. From the total 7km of lava tube tunnel only 1km is open to public, other parts is unstable due to collapsed of ceiling. When someone entering Manjanggul cave, they will noticed how huge is this lava cave ( normally people need to kneeling or crawling  while visit others lava cave). The height of the tube is about 20m and some places is 24m wide. Temperature inside the cave is around 10°C -21°C ( comfortable temperature to me). Inside the cave we can see a varieties of lava formations, lava stalagmites, lava stalactites, lava flow-lines  lava raft, rugged wall, stone pillar and the lava tube tunnels. It take about 40 minutes to discover the cave and it end at the 7.6m high lava column which is known to be the largest column in the world.


Tips:
Wear jacket - water dripping from cave ceiling 
Warm shirt - temperature around 10°C -21°C( 50°F 69.8°F) inside the cave
comfortable shoe - uneven surface
torch light - although along the cave there is some light but some places is kind of dark
Tripod - a must if you want to take photos inside the cave (too dark need longer shutter speed) 



Attraction:

UNESCO Heritage Site, larva-tube cave, chilling environment, 


Contacts:

Address
3341-3, Gimnyeong-ri, Gujwa-eup, Jeju-si, Jeju-do 
제주 제주시 구좌읍 김령리 3341-3


Phone: +82-64-1330 


Operating Hours
Summer season 09:00~18:00 / Winter season 09:00~17:30




Admission Fees:

Adults - Individual 2,000 won / Group 1,200 won
Youths & Children - Individual 1,000 won / Group 600 won
* Group - 10 or more people



Nearby Attractions:



References:
http://www.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/SI/SI_EN_3_1_1_1.jsp?cid=264236
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manjanggul


Coordinates: 33.528713,126.77153

Map:



Enjoy the photos, sorry for the blurry photos in the cave.. regret did not bring a tripod there. 

Inside the cave
 The entrance 
 park outside the entrance 
































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