The Jeongbang Falls empty into the sea from the southern edge of Aeiri Stream, which originates from the southern slope of Hallasan Mountain.
This is one of the globally rare falls falling directly into the sea, like the famous Dunn's River Falls in Jamaica.Pillar-shaped joints form vertical cliffs along the coast of Seogwipo.
The waterfall spans the cliffs over some 20 meters before splashing into the sea south of Jejudo Island, creating fascinating scenery with the surrounding seaside landscape.
It is one of Jeju's three most famous falls along with the Cheonjiyeon Falls and the Cheonjeyeon Falls.
The Jeongbang Falls have long been known as one of Jeju's 10 most scenic spots, attracting many visitors since ancient times.
An album of paintings depicting the events attended by the local county magistrate, Lee Hyeong-sang (1653-1733), created during the reign of King Sukjong of the Joseon Dynasty under the title Tamna sullyeokdo (Pictures of an Inspection Tour of Tamna), contains a leaf entitled Jeongbang Tamseung (Sightseeing at Jeongbang).
The painting depicts boating near the falls.Local legend has it that Xu Fu, an envoy of Emperor Qin Shihuang of China, stopped by here during his journey in search of the elixir of life and carved a memorial phrase on a rock, "Xu Fu guoci" (Seobul gwacha in Korean), meaning "Xu Fu passed here." The place name Seogwipo is said to have derived from the same legend.
Another legend has it that a dragon would appear to dance when drums were played by the falls.