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Jeju Olle Trails Rated: Course No. 18-1The Jeju Weekly's Steve Oberhauser walked every Olle trail in September 2011. He ranks this trail 3rd overall
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Route: Chuja Port (start, 0.0 km) - Shrine for Admiral Choi Yeong (0.4) - Mt. Bonggeulle (1.5) - Navarone Cliffs (3.1) - Chuja-gyo bridge (4.2) - Chuja-gyo intersection (4.4) - uphill in Muk-ri (5.1) - Muk-ri Village (6.2) - Sinyang 2-ri (6.8) - Sinyang Port (7.7) - Mojini Mongdol Coast (8.4) - Grave of Hwang Gyeong Heon (9.3) - observatory on Mt. Sindaesan (10.2) - Yecho-ri Port (11.1) - Eombawi Jangseung (11.6) - peak of Mt. Dondaesan (12.8) - Muk-ri intersection (14) - irrigation reservoir (14.6) - Yeongheung resting place (16.2) - Chuja Port (17.8 km, finish)

---- Course takes about eight hours to complete

Grade: 48.5 (3rd 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

5.0

F

Facilities around the area

5.0

G

Improvements

5.0

H

Park planning / architecture

5.0

I

Short-term impression factor

5.0

J

Long-term impression factor

5.0

* rankings explained

Strengths: No need to repeat all the superlatives for Chujado. If a potential hiker has a weak stomach, the high-speed ferry to the island is going to be a gamble. Prepare ahead of time for any sea conditions. Even the most harrowing ride over will be a must-do trip to experience this island’s grandeur. An Olle climb puts a whole new perspective to an otherwise superb piece of land known for yellow corvina.

Weaknesses: Too small to even hint at. Limiting the number of Olle walkers in the future will prove proof positive to guarantee Chujado’s bragging rights do no diminish. Too many people will be a bane. Dare mentioning, there’s many stumps on the newly cut courses, a problem that can be remedied.

English learning opportunities: Shrine for Admiral Choi Yeong, Navarone Cliffs, Sunhyo-gak, uphill path in Muk-ri, Eom Rock guardian angel

Quotable: “According to Jee Seung Il, Korea’s Ministry of Knowledge Economy has dubbed Chujado “a special area for the yellow corvina,” and “between 70 to 80 percent of the island’s economic income is generated by the yellow corvina.” Until 2006, since no corvina processing plants existed on Chujado to deal with the fish once it was caught, Chuja fishermen sent their catch to the mainland for such processing along with the economic activity generated by that end of the business.” -- Chris Moule, Jeju Weekly

Links:

Jeju Weekly, Hike Jeju, Days 27 and 28

Jeju Weekly, Walking Chujado

Jeju Weekly, Chuja John: Experiencing the isolated beauty of Chuja-do

Jeju Weekly, Island income from a single fish

Jeju Weekly, Golden Nets

Jeju Weekly, And you thought Jeju was remote


▲ Photo by Steve Oberhauser
▲ Photo by Steve Oberhauser


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