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Jeju Olle Trails Rated: Course No. 14The Jeju Weekly's Steve Oberhauser walked every Olle trail in September 2011. He ranks this trail 14th overall
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Route: Jeoji Community Center (start, 0.0 km) - Nanum Herb (1.5) - Jeoji stone path (2.3) - Three-way intersection (3.6) - Osirokheon cozy field path (4.2) - sunken path (5.4) - palm tree 3-way intersection (5.7) - cactus fields (6.1) - Wollyeong wood path (6.9) - unnamed walking trail 3 (8.3) - Wollyeong seaside (9.5) - Wollyeong Port (10.2) - Haenyeokong bean habitat (11.3) - Geumneung Port (12.7) - Geumneung Beach (13.2) - Hyeopjae Beach (14.1) - Hyeopjae Port (15) - Ongpo Port (16.1) - National Shellfish Research Center (17.4) - Hallim Port (19.3, finish) ---- Course takes about seven hours to complete

Grade: 39.0 (14th 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

4.0

G

Improvements

4.0

H

Park planning / architecture

3.5

I

Short-term impression factor

4.0

J

Long-term impression factor

3.5

* rankings explained

Strengths: This course has an abundance of cactuses, which may be surprising for a newbie of Jeju Island. They flourish in certain parts of this course. A national monument was created to showcase and preserve their existence. Also, the beauty of Geumneung and Hyeopjae beaches is intense from the right perspective. Shimmer is a good word to describe the stretches of sand and its constant seaside views of Biyangdo.

Weaknesses: Similar to other northwest courses along Jeju’s coast, this Olle course suffers from the in between time being tasteless. The beginnings of industrial walking along the dry, concreted river bed help achieve this feel. Plus, the sea waste is very apparent after the cactus national monument, when the course hugs the shore.

English learning opportunities: Tall pine tree grove, Sunken path, cactus - National Monument No. 429, Biyangdo Island, Haenyeokong bean habitat

Quotable: “Off the shining blue waters of Jeju’s west coast lies a grassy green knoll of scenic beauty known as Biyangdo. Not only a striking visage from the shores of Hyeopjae Beach on Jeju Island, Biyangdo also offers a small world of wonder just a short boat ride away. … Biyangdo, which translates to “Flying Island,” is home to some 100 residents who are very well acquainted with the island’s fishing spots of Jeju fame.” -- Alex James, Jeju Weekly

Links:

Jeju Weekly, Hike Jeju, Day 23

Jeju Weekly, New Olle course opened on Sept. 26

Jeju Weekly, Shimmering just off shore

KTO, Course No. 14

▲ Photo by Steve Oberhauser

▲ Photo by Steve Oberhauser
▲ Photo by Steve Oberhauser
▲ Photo by Steve Oberhauser
▲ Photo by Steve Oberhauser

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