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Jeju Olle Trails Rated: Course No. 12The Jeju Weekly's Steve Oberhauser walked every Olle trail in September 2011. He ranks this trail 13th overall
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▲ Photo by Steve Oberhauser


Route: Jeju Culture and Experience Center in Mureung-2-ri (start, 0.0 km) - Pyeongji Church (2.5) - Dowon Pond (4.1) - Noknambong Port (5.4) - Sangyeong Doye (6.4) - Dowon Restaurant (8.2) - Sindo Sea - Sindo Port (9.2) - Seogwipo-si and Jeju-si border (11.1) - Suwolbong (12.6) - Eongalgil (13.3) - Jagunae Port (14.6) - Dangsanbong (15) - Saengyigijeong sea trail (16.1) - Jeolbuam (17.5 km, finish)

---- Course takes about seven hours to complete

Grade: 39.5 (13th overall)

A

Natural scenery and landscape

4.5

B

Conditions of the trail

4.0

C

Environmental damage / lack of footprint on the area

4.0

D

Bilingual opportunities

3.5

E

Crowd control / compared to how many people are using trail

4.0

F

Facilities around the area

3.5

G

Improvements

4.0

H

Park planning / architecture

4.0

I

Short-term impression factor

4.0

J

Long-term impression factor

4.0

* rankings explained

Strengths: The one-two punch of Suwolbong and Dangsanbong overlooking Chagwido and the other collection of islands can be considered in the running for Jeju’s best natural beauty spot. Although not, consider the space between both oreum a lush valley of lustral sites in Chagwido’s port and surrounding coastal area.

Weaknesses: The 12 or so kilometers before reaching Suwolbong are bland, a long, forgettable stretch once past. Overall, a lot of construction happening around this Olle site, a sign of development which does not aid in Olle’s cause.

English learning opportunities: Jeju Culture and Experience Center in Mureung-2-ri, Dowon Pond, Noknambong, Jagunae Port, Ungangil, Suwolbong (multiple), Chagwido (multiple), Yongdang Port, Saengyigijeong sea trail, Jeolbuam

Quotable: Suwolbong is locally known as an excellent place to watch the sun set into the sea behind the picturesque Chagwido, three uninhabited islands to the northwest. After Sarabong oreum located in Jeju City, Suwolbong is considered the next best place on the island to watch a sunset. But there are things to see and do at Suwolbong at anytime of the day.” -- Colleen Hyde, Jeju Weekly

Links:

Jeju Weekly, Hike Jeju, Day 20

Jeju Weekly, Hike Jeju, Day 21

Jeju Weekly, Suweolbong: Considered first among Korea’s Geoparks

Jeju Weekly, Shaped by wind, waves and tears

Olle Trail handbook in English

Olle, Course No. 12

KTO, Course No. 12




▲ Photo by Steve Oberhauser

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