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Jeju Olle Trails Rated: Course No. 19The Jeju Weekly's Steve Oberhauser walked every Olle trail in September 2011. He ranks this trail 11th overall
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▲ Photo by Steve Oberhauser


Route: Note: As Olle’s newest course, the signage is almost nonexistent.
Manse Hill (start, 0.0 km) - Sinheung Annex - Hamdeok Seoubong Beach - Seoubong - Neobeunsungyi April Third Uprising Historical Site - Gimnyeong Fisherman’s Community Center (
18.8 km, finish)

---- Course takes about seven hours to complete

Grade: 40.0 (11th overall)

A

Natural scenery and landscape

4.5

B

Conditions of the trail

4.0

C

Environmental damage / lack of footprint on the area

3.5

D

Bilingual opportunities

2.0

E

Crowd control / compared to how many people are using trail

4.5

F

Facilities around the area

4.0

G

Improvements

4.0

H

Park planning / architecture

4.5

I

Short-term impression factor

4.5

J

Long-term impression factor

4.5

* rankings explained

Strengths: All parts of the course south of road 1132 are a complete surprise. Little is know about that stretch of land. It goes through some interesting terrain of tight forest paths and overgrown areas forgotten years ago. The first half north of 1132 is expected and good. Hamdeok and Seoubong are always better than average.

Weaknesses: The brand new course could use some English, any English for that matter, along its way. It will take time for this route to garner a positive following.

English learning opportunities: Manse Hill (multiple), Bukchon Lava Tube Cave

Quotable: Olle walking trail No. 19 opened to dozens of enthusiastic trekkers after an opening ceremony at 10 a.m. on Sept. 24.” -- Todd Thacker, Jeju Weekly

“Hamdeok Beach is one of the best-known and most popular on the island. It is actually two adjoining beaches separated by a sand spit. The main, western beach seems a favorite with Korean visitors while the smaller, eastern cove is more popular with foreign residents and has a comfortable camping area. Adjacent to the smaller beach is Seoubong – the peak that is now part of the tourist spot’s extended name. A perfect way to start a day on Jeju is to climb to the summit and enjoy the views, then descend and cool off with a dip in the clear blue water.” -- Tracie Barrett, Jeju Weekly

Links:

Jeju Weekly, Hike Jeju, Day 26

Jeju Weekly, Jeju’s newest Olle walking trail No. 19 opens

▲ Photo by Steve Oberhauser

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