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Jeju Olle Trails Rated: Course No. 10The Jeju Weekly's Steve Oberhauser walked every Olle trail in September 2011. He ranks this trail 4th overall
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▲ Photo by Steve Oberhauser

Route: Hwasun Beach (start, 0.0 km) - salt making place (1) - Hangmandae (2) - Sanbang signaling site (2.4) - Yongmeori Seashore - Hamel’s Museum - Seolkeum Sea (2.9) - Sagye Port (3.6) - discovery spot of fossils (5.7) - Songaksan kiosk (7) - Songaksan (8.4) - Seodal Oreum (9.3) - memorial stone (10.3) - Altteureu Airfield (11.7) - Hamo Beach (13.1) - Moseulpo Port, Hamo Sports Park (14.8 km, finish)

---- Course takes about eight hours to complete

Grade: 46.0 (4th overall)

A

Natural scenery and landscape

5.0

B

Conditions of the trail

4.5

C

Environmental damage / lack of footprint on the area

4.5

D

Bilingual opportunities

4.5

E

Crowd control / compared to how many people are using trail

4.5

F

Facilities around the area

4.5

G

Improvements

4.0

H

Park planning / architecture

4.5

I

Short-term impression factor

5.0

J

Long-term impression factor

5.0

* rankings explained

Strengths: Four oreum total. The first two are immense in Sanbangsan and Songaksan. A person could spend a number of hours just at these two places, plus the Yongmeori coast. Leaving Hwasun Beach, there are countless beaches to traverse and trying to get over the sand dunes. This may be the most action-packed course on the whole network of trails. This and more to see.

Weaknesses: Not much. There’s a lot of people using this trail, thus the environmental impact of this is obvious. Only minor flaws, nothing serious.

English learning opportunities: Hwasun Beach, dune, smoke mound, Sanbangsan (multiple), Yongmeori Seashore, Fossils in Sagye, Songaksan (multiple), Sesal Oreum, Soetal Oreum, Hamo Beach

Quotable: “A relatively unknown site on the southwestern coast of Jeju, Mount Songak boasts some of the island’s best panoramic scenery. While a great place to bring a camera, Songaksan is also a mountain scarred from a time of instability, and visible reminders of the area’s once turbulent past are apparent. A trip to the mountain gives visitors a glimpse into the reality of Jeju’s plight during Japan’s war with China and World War II, which is as much a part of the experience as the 360-degree views.” -- Jon Walker, Jeju Weekly

Links:

Jeju Weekly, Hike Jeju, Day 17

Jeju Weekly, Scenic mountain shows its scars

Jeju Weekly, A grand view of Jeju

Jeju Weekly, Sanbangsan Hot Spring Spa; a spa like no other

Olle Trail handbook in English

Olle, Course No. 10

KTO, Course No. 10

▲ Photo by Steve Oberhauser

▲ Photo by Steve Oberhauser

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