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Exploring Jeju City's lesser known oreum in Byeduri, Min, Chilg, Bonga and Non[Jeju's Trails] Days 52 and 53 of a 1,200 km journey recording Jeju's hiking trails, oreum (volcanic cones) and Olle courses
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승인 2011.11.13  11:56:05
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▲ Photo by Steve Oberhauser
▲ Photo by Steve Oberhauser

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The Journey
These are the top 10 sites in sequential order for Day 52: Venture Maru, The Jeju Weekly office - Sammu Park, Byeduri, base - Sammu Park, Byeduri, peak - Sammu Park, Byeduri, base - Min Oreum, parking lot, base 1 - Min Oreum, peak 1 - Min Oreum, peak 2 - Min Oreum, reference point - Min Oreum, parking lot, base 1 - Venture Maru, The Jeju Weekly office

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Family Mart -- 7,400
sauna -- 4,000
PC room -- 10,000
jimjilbang -- 8,000
Total -- 29,400 won
(Note: Rest day, Total -- 49,480 won)

2 sandwiches, bread, 3 bags potato chips, 2 Chilsung cider cans, endless amounts of water

Thoughts from Day 52
This day... The rain waterlogged me and I could not successfully and safely operate a camera and GPS, for too long anyway. I snuck in two oreum in the form of Byeduri in Sammu Park just a block off Shin Jeju’s garishness and Min Oreum, also in Shin, but very close to the KCTV building, a bit out in the “country.” After, I waited for about an hour under a wooden canopy, just to watch more rain fall, packed it all up and found the always comforting, well known, salt water sauna in Samyang. I was awoken at closing time just before 8 p.m., in the backroom sleeping area. One minute later, trying to put my contacts in at the locker room sink, a former student (fully clothed) started talking to me (not fully clothed) about the next day’s college entrance exam, eyes wandering. Awkward? Yes, a bit. This has happened before in different forms. I find handshakes done in the buff to be always strange, but never done with a stranger.

Byeduri in Sammu Park. I never knew this place existed. Just right in the middle of Shin Jeju is an oreum in the form of a large one city block park, with all the amenities: exercise equipment, several trails, a clean bathroom facility, a two-story watchtower, parking spots, and old trees. Buy stylish shoes on Shin’s neon streets, turn a corner and try them out here. If I lived in the area, this would be the place to go. The outer walking path is lengthy and natural enough to be free from a school track feel. I was a bit uncomfortable taking pictures in this public space. Never at any other oreum. No problem. Here, definitely.

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

Shin’s Min Oreum. Trying to find an entrance is tricky. There’s several. Once at the peak. What a spot to see urban buildings. It forced me to think why I am descending when there’s all this at the top. There was no map. I entered at the east entrance. There’s a more pronounced entry way off the main road, by a restaurant (the bus stop sign reads Min Oreum), and keep walking a hard path toward the oreum. The start will magically appear. I don’t want to say which is better, but this can rival Sarabong for the fact no one is here. It probably was the rain. But, then again there’s only four parking spots at the main entrance, and about 10 where I entered. There’s more trails available. I did many, but not all the spurs. A map would have been incredibly helpful.

Rest day photo shoot. Many things happen on Jeju when later I think to myself, this is not reality. Only on Jeju. Or, … Only Jeju. That’s it.

Nov. 9, 2011

Day 53: The Journey
These are the top 11 sites in sequential order for Day 53: Venture Maru, The Jeju Weekly office - Chilg keun Oreum / Chilg jokeun Oreum, base - Chilg keun Oreum / Chilg jokeun Oreum, peak - Chilg keun Oreum / Chilg jokeun Oreum, base - Bonga Oreum, base - Bonga Oreum, peak - Bonga Oreum, base - Non Oreum, base - Non Oreum, peak - Non Oreum, base - Venture Maru, The Jeju Weekly office

7-Eleven -- 2,500
mart -- 9,650
gas for scooter -- 9,000
sauna -- 4,000
PC room - 7,600
hof - 10,000
jimjilbang -- 10,000
Total -- 52,750 won

15 bananas, a lot of hard tack, full hong-eo (skatefish) dinner with Korean sides, ample amounts of soju, beer, makgeolli (rice wine) and snacks, 1 sandwich, 1 ice cream sandwich, 490ml Pocari Sweat, endless amounts of water

Thoughts from Day 53

This day... The rain was heavy once again. Cold, wet and miserable. The time on Jeju when the weather cracks to burr-ing chilly, when style and Ugg boots, with fleece spilling out over the tops, announce this is winter in Korea. I did manage to make it to four oreum, the first was a double, the third next to a local high school and last an unknown in Samyang.

Geography lesson for Jeju’s finest. This is the first time I’ve had a run-in with an officer of the law during Hike Jeju. It was the second go around for me to try to find Bulgeun Oreum, aka Bonga Oreum, next to Daykey High School in Bonggae, off of road 97 heading out of Jeju City. After the second entrance just short of the fortified parking lot, I hopped a fence with two wooden poles sealing the gate. About 10 seconds later two police officers called me back, “What are you doing?” My response: Oreum,” and pointing. Officer 1: “Not oreum,” acting as if I was stupid. I pulled out my map, and approached both of them. Close enough and referencing the map I said, “Bulgeun Oreum and Daykey High School,” clear as day on the map, turning it over to the highly detailed Jeju City portion. Officer 2: “Why?” At this point, with my inability to speak Korean and their inability to speak English, I said, “Me. Oreum. All. Five minute. Go. Back.” (I find saying “minute” instead of “minutes” more valuable in these communication exchanges.) Officer 1: “Five minute.” Technically, they could have denied me entry. I do thank them for allowance.

▲ Photo by Steve Oberhauser
▲ Photo by Steve Oberhauser

Bonga. What a spot looking back at the city. I know a person who has direct knowledge of previous, private ownership and when the oreum was sold to a member of the high school. As a child, this Jeju native would go there searching for the cave created by the Japanese. More than 30 years ago, there were turf wars with local kids, vying for control, who could go there safely or be hassled. I’m always amazed of all the people on Jeju, native, non-native or foreigner, how many oreum they have been to and the number comes back in the two-to-five range. Bonga is not a bad place to have knowledge about as a city dweller.

Chilg Oreum times two. I went back. Denied previously at this spot a few weeks ago, I saw the flag and hut at the peak from the road. Chilg is just northwest of Jeolmul Recreation Forest and the 4.3 Peace Park. It takes a route around where the street sign reads “Chioreum.” A person has to go through the forest, into a grassy clearing and up for about 10 minutes to the top. A good, different spot at the peak looking around. The flag is makeshift.

The other oreum in Samyang. Wondangbong is Samyang’s main oreum. The other is Non, probably the least significant one during this journey. I lived in Samyang for three years, so that was my justification for a visit. About 70 meters off the police box on road 1132, heading toward Doryeon, an entrance sits on the left side. Go a ways and there’s a cluster of trees and a mound above some farm fields. I went up in complete mud, took a picture of some brush, went down, and realized my day was finished.

The rain and the updated count.
With two possible hiking days remaining, my hiking clothes are basically in a condition akin to being completely submerged in a dirty farm pond and mixed. Not even salvageable. My boots’ stitching is completely frayed, burs having poked hundreds of points in my pants and main shirt. Done for. With an updated and revised count and a bit of research, I stand at 134 oreum and a lot of rain in the forecast for tomorrow.

Nov. 10, 2011

▲ Photo by Steve Oberhauser
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