The 2011 Jeju Olle Walking Festival takes place from Nov. 9 to 12 on Jeju Olle Trail Route 6, 7, 8, and 9.
▲ Photo courtesy Jeju Olle Trail. Photo by Yang Jun Ho
Nov. 9 (Wednesday): Route No. 6 Soesokkak --> Oedolgae, 14.4km (approx. 4 to 5 hours) Nov. 10 (Thursday): Route No. 7 Oedolgae --> Awaenangmok in Wolpyeongmaeul, 13.8km (approx. 4 to 5 hours) Nov. 11 (Friday): Route No. 8 Awaenangmok in Wolpyeongmaeul --> Daepyeong (Port), 15.2km (approx. 4 to 5 hours) Nov. 12 (Saturday): Route No. 9 Daepyeong (Port) --> Hwasun Golden Sand Beach, 8.2km (approx. 3 to 4 hours)
▲ Photo courtesy Jeju Olle Trail. Photo by Kang Kil Soo
Jeju Olle Trail Route No. 6: Soesokkak to Oedolgae Rock This route starts from the Soesokkak estuary, making its way to Lee Joong Seop (Painter 1916-1956) Street in the center of Seogwipo City, and then on past Cheonjiyeon Waterfall to Oedolgae Rock. This route is known as a cultural and ecological trail. Walkers get a chance to explore the local life of Seogwipo City, with opportunities to visit salt makers and Lee Joong Seop’s residence. The forest on the route is home to five plant species that are registered as natural treasures. This route is popular with beginners as it is relatively easy and can be completed comfortably.
▲ Photo courtesy Jeju Olle Trail. Photo by Shim Jae Uk
Jeju Olle Trail Route No. 7: Oedolgae Rock to Wolpyeong (Port) This route is a seaside walking trail beginning at Oedolgae Rock passing through Beophwan (Port) and the Poonglim Resort until it reaches Wolpyeong (Port). Pampas grass and wild flowers are abundant on this trail. One of the most beloved points on the route are the Subong-ro (pathway) and Subong-gyo (bridge). They are named after Kim Subong, who built them himself. He used a shovel and pick to clear the road and moved big stones to make the bridge.
▲ Photo courtesy Jeju Olle Trail. Photo by Im Jae Young
Jeju Olle Trail Route No. 8: Wolpyeong to Daepyeong (Port) This route continues along the seashore through Jusangjeolli which is a formation of stone pillars piled up along the coast. The Jusangjeolli was created when the lava from Mt. Halla erupted into the sea of Jungmun. The sight of the abundant pampas grass makes your walk even more enjoyable. A pathway made of numerous rocks on the coastline was built by the Marine Corps for Jeju Olle, so it is called The Marine Corps Trail. The pathway was used only by local divers. The terminus of the route, Daepyeong Port, sits on the end of a valley and the open fields run towards the sea. According to local legend, Mt. Gunsan in Daepyeong was created by the son of a sea god to thank his master for his merciful attitude.
▲ Photo courtesy Jeju Olle Trail. Photo by Lee Hae Sun
Jeju Olle Trail Route No. 9: Daepyeong to Hwasun Beach This route runs through a valley and along the coast. The route has very different scenery compared to other sites in Jeju Island. Be sure to explore the amazing bounty including the Baksugijeong (wide cliffs) and Andeok valley. Mature forests on the cliffs and in the valley allow for a unique hike.
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