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Jeju Olle Trails Rated: Course No. 4The Jeju Weekly's Steve Oberhauser walked every Olle trail in September 2011. He ranks this trail 23rd overall
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승인 2011.11.05  12:07:30
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▲ Photo by Steve Oberhauser

Route: Pyoseon Beach (start, 0.0 km) - Bangae Dongsan - Havichi Hotel - Gaetneup marsh (2.2) - Neobureum - Geomunmeoche - Gamarigae (5.5) - Mulgae - Ganeungae - Esplanade in Tosan (9) - Tosan new village - Mang Oreum (11.7) - Geoseunsaemi spring - Yeongcheonsa temple (13.8) - Samseokgyo bridge (14) - coastal road in Taeheung-2-ri - Taeheung resting place (21.5) - Namwon coastal road - Namwon Port (22.9 km, finish)

---- Course takes about seven hours to complete

Grade: 31.0 (23rd overall)

A

Natural scenery and landscape

3.0

B

Conditions of the trail

4.0

C

Environmental damage / lack of footprint on the area

4.0

D

Bilingual opportunities

3.0

E

Crowd control / compared to how many people are using trail

4.0

F

Facilities around the area

3.0

G

Improvements

3.0

H

Park planning / architecture

3.0

I

Short-term impression factor

2.0

J

Long-term impression factor

2.0

* rankings explained

Strengths: The heavy concentration of tangerine fields provides a detailed look into a Jeju farmer’s life and its main agricultural crop. From the outside, viewing Yeongcheonsa temple set in and up a hill is a quick highlight. Reaching Namwon, after completing the longest trail Olle offers, can only be seen as a positive.

Weaknesses: The vast majority of Olle’s footing on this course is either on wide roads of asphalt or concrete. With the sun blaring, any hiker will be feeling the heat sooner than later. It appears not to be clear where exactly the spring, Geoseunsaemi, starts and of its full route because no on-site signage is provided.

English learning opportunities: Dangke Port in Pyoseon, Gatneup Marsh, Geogae, Ganeungae, the Marine Corps Trail, Mang Oreum, Geoseunsaemi spring, Yeongcheonsa temple and spring, Beolpo Yeondae

Quotable: “The nature [on Jeju] is subtle and exquisite … Above all, it is feminine … I hope that people can appreciate the femininity of nature. One should not expect to see the tallest, the broadest, or the grandest; but to see the natural details assemble into a beautiful ensemble.”

-- Suh Myung Sook, Jeju Olle founder

Links:

Jeju Weekly, Hike Jeju, Day 10

Olle Trail handbook in English

Olle, Course No. 4

KTO, Course No. 4

▲ Photo by Steve Oberhauser
▲ Photo by Steve Oberhauser

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