Strengths:In Samdal-ri, housed in a converted old elementary school is the gallery for Kim Young Gap, Jeju’s preeminent photographer who passed away in 2005. One of the top 10 highlights for all of Jeju’s Olle trails. The path meanders up and over Tong Oreum and Dokjabong, a bit uninspiring, but these add to the natural landscape, a good run. Finally, the ending point is the dry lake of sand (if a low tide) at Pyoseon Beach with room to enjoy away from the crowds.
Weaknesses:The one real negative is the absence of any store or mart to stock up on supplies for about 15 kilometers, if hiking in the non-tourist season.
English learning opportunities: Kim Young Gap Gallery, Tong Oreum, Bada Mokjang, Hungry Bridge, Pyoseon Beach, Jeju Folk Village Museum (off trail)
Quotable:“[Kim Young Gap’s] pictures are not simply landscapes, but ingresses into the heart and soul of a man whose love affair with the beauty of Jeju disintegrated the border between the man and his art, until there was almost no distinction between the two.” -- Darryl Coote, Jeju Weekly
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