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Jeju Olle Trails Rated: Course No. 1The Jeju Weekly's Steve Oberhauser walked every Olle trail in September 2011. He ranks this trail 10th overall
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▲ Photo by Steve Oberhauser

Route: Siheung Elementary School (start, 0.0 km) - Malmi Oreum (2.9) - Al Oreum (3.8) - Jongdal-ri Hoegwan, community center (7.3) - salt fields in Jongdal-ri - Siheung Women Diver’s House - Soengsan Gapmun, flood gate (12.1) - Gwangchigi Beach (15.6 km, finish)

---- Course takes about six hours to complete

Grade: 40.5 (10th overall)

A

Natural scenery and landscape

4.0

B

Conditions of the trail

4.0

C

Environmental damage / lack of footprint on the area

3.5

D

Bilingual opportunities

3.5

E

Crowd control / compared to how many people are using trail

4.0

F

Facilities around the area

5.0

G

Improvements

4.5

H

Park planning / architecture

4.0

I

Short-term impression factor

4.0

J

Long-term impression factor

4.0

* rankings explained

Strengths: Within the first four kilometers, hikers face Malmi and Al oreums, a decent start. After inland wanderings, halfway through the course hits the coast and stays close by the sea until the end. The ultimate highlight is Seongsan Sunrise Peak, one of the best peaks on the island, and a wealth of educational information is offered around the grounds. It finishes strong on long stretching Gwangchigi Beach. Sentimentally, this is Olle’s first course. In addition, good bathroom facilities are found all around.

Weaknesses: The litter is definitely apparent in two primary spots, at the very beginning and at the close on Gwangchigi Beach displaying washed up sea waste.

English learning opportunities: Malmi Oreum, Al Oreum, salt fields of Jongdal-ri, Jongdal-ri Beach, Seongsan Sunrise Peak (multiple), Gwangchigi Beach

Quotable: “While there are constant reminders of modernity around - motorbikes, plastic coverings on gardens, and powered digging equipment - seeing a woman clearing her own field can take a walker back to a simpler time.” -- Veronica Fortune, Jeju Weekly

Links:

Jeju Weekly, Hike Jeju, Day 7

Jeju Weekly, The beginning is in sight

Jeju Weekly, Step back in time on Sunrise Peak

Olle Trail handbook in English

Olle, Course No. 1

KTO, Course No. 1


▲ Photo by Steve Oberhauser

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