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Jeju Olle Trails Rated: Course No. 5The Jeju Weekly's Steve Oberhauser walked every Olle trail in September 2011. He ranks this trail 22nd overall
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▲ Photo by Steve Oberhauser
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Route: Namwon Port (start, 0.0 km) - Keuneong scenic point trail (2.4) - Singeumul (4.7) - Marine Species Research Center - Camellia plant community (6.5) - Meodeul-koji, cape in Wimihang, harbor (8) - Wimi - Neopbile (9.6) - Black Sand Beach in Gongcheonpo (11) - Mangjang Port (12.2) - Yechonmang (13) - Hyodoncheon, stream - Soesokkak (14.7 km, finish)

---- Course takes about five hours to complete

Grade: 32.0 (22nd overall)

A

Natural scenery and landscape

3.5

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

3.5

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: From Namwon, the Keuneong Trail’s 1.5-kilometer beginning is a nice view of the seaside. The last few kilometers of the course are the only other things of note. These bring a hiker toward the climactic finish at Soesokkak.

Weaknesses: As with Course No. 4, there is a lot of pavement walking, more so than all other Olle segments. A lack of strong points on this course signals a weak point.

English learning opportunities: Keuneong Scenic Trails (multiple), Camellia plant community, Singeumul, Seongwangsa, Neopbile, Yechonmang, Soesokkak

Quotable: “Here [Soesokkak] the fresh water mingles with the seawater providing the perfect place to bathe. The estuary provides the perfect place for tourists to appreciate Soesokkak’s calm and tranquil nature. The main attraction at Soesokkak has, more recently, become Jeju’s traditional raft boat, the Tewoo.” -- Cat Lever, Jeju Weekly

Links:

Jeju Weekly, Hike Jeju, Day 11

Olle Trail handbook in English

Olle, Course No. 5

KTO, Course No. 5

▲ Photo by Steve Oberhauser
▲ Photo by Steve Oberhauser

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