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Jeju Olle Trails Rated: Course No. 7The Jeju Weekly's Steve Oberhauser walked every Olle trail in September 2011. He ranks this trail 17th overall
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▲ Photo by Steve Oberhauser

Route: Oeldolgae (start, 0.0 km) - Dombenang-gil (2.3) - sewage disposal plant in Hogeundong (3.1) - Sokgol - Soobong-ro, pathway (3.8) - Beophwan Port (4.7) - Dumony Mul - Seogeondo, island (7.7) - Poonglim Resort (8.8) - Gangjeong (12.1) - Wolpyeong Village (13.8 km, finish)

---- Course takes about five hours to complete

Grade: 36.5 (17th overall)

A

Natural scenery and landscape

4.0

B

Conditions of the trail

3.5

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

4.0

G

Improvements

4.0

H

Park planning / architecture

3.0

I

Short-term impression factor

3.5

J

Long-term impression factor

3.5

* rankings explained

Strengths: There are numerous short hits, revolving around water, to this course, including Oedolgae, Sokgol, Soegeondo, and the palm tree forest (just above the coastline). Oedolgae can be spotted from different angles, Sokgol is nice with relatively few people around and Soegeondo is only able to be gotten to on a low tide. The palm tree forest is another top 10 spot on the Olle trails, by far the most hidden and unassuming of the bunch.

Weaknesses: The detouring is immense because of unforeseen rough seas washing away parts of the rocky paths. It has seen better days. In addition, there are rampant vendors on stretches of the sea routes. Not aggressive, but the most vocal on the island.

English learning opportunities: Oeldolgae, Sokgol - rock, Seogeondo - island, Gangjeongcheon - river, Wolpyeong Port, Gutdang - palace of god walking path / palm tree forest

Quotable: “In a makeshift studio on the main street of Wolpyeong, Seogwipo City, an amateur DJ wearing headphones reads stories and plays song requests from people walking nearby. A loudspeaker on the street at the end of Olle Course No. 7 broadcasts village news, music, and stories to hikers waiting at the bus stop and to bystanders milling around the Dolbengdi (the old name of Wolpyeong) public relations office.” -- Kim Jung Lim, Jeju Weekly

Links:

Jeju Weekly, Hike Jeju, Day 14

Jeju Weekly, Hiking Jeju Olle Course #7

Jeju Weekly, On a coastal climb, an unexpected accompaniment

Jeju Weekly, Innovative broadcast puts Wolpyeong on the map

Olle Trail handbook in English

Olle, Course No. 7

KTO, Course No. 7

▲ Photo by Steve Oberhauser
▲ Photo by Steve Oberhauser

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