You might be wondering what Gotjawal is by now if you happened to see the title of the post. ‘Gotjawal Forest’ refers to the forest which was naturally formed on the middle slopes of Halla Mountain. Numerous ‘Gotjawals’ can be found around the Halla Mountain in Jeju Island and Gotjawal Hwansang Forest is one of them, famous for its beauty despite its small size. Hwansang(幻想-환상) has the meaning of ‘illusion’, ‘fantasy’ and ‘out of this world’. Gotjawal Hwansang Forest Trail is less than 1km-long, but with the guidance given, it takes about 50 minutes. (Note-guidance is only given in Korean)

Entrance of the Gotjawal Hwansang Forest
Gotjawal Hwansang Forest near the ticket office
Ticket Office, charges $5/adult
Main Entrance to the Forest
Korean guide giving guidance to the tourists. I skipped this one

Since I was a local, I knew most of the explanations given by the guide. Therefore I skipped the guidance given by the guide. However, the information would be useful for Koreans who want to know more about the heritage of the forest more deeply.

Inside the Gotjawal Hwansang Forest
Inside the Gotjawal Hwansang Forest (2)
Some of the flowers seemed to be planted near the entrance
Traditional Korean Shooting Game could be played on a lawn near the entrance
Backgate of the Gotjawal Hwansang Forest



Pond inside the Gotjawal Hwansang Forest


Inside the Gotjawal Hwansang Forest, with various rocks and trees
Place where you could take a rest, a kind of a cave which is much cooler than the outside temperature
Temperature was 17 degrees Celsius
Another cave could be spotted during the short trip inside the Gotjawal Forest
path to the outside from the cave
Lost inside the forest


Just before leaving the Forest

Gotjawal Hwansang Forest is a tourist attraction that could be visited shortly on the way to the southwest coast. The whole trip inside the Gotjawal Hwansang Forest takes less than an hour, so come visit the forest on your way to somewhere else. Worth the money, if you haven’t been to forest much for a while 🙂

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    1. Hello Tu Tran, some of the bus962 from the Dongmyung-ri bus stop will take you there, but I recommend you to take a taxi as it’ll cost $10 for a 20-min trip, while the bus charges $3 for an hour-long trip. Have a great time in Jeju!


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