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Sammae-bong oreum is place of “perennial youth”The perfect hike for an autumn afternoon
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승인 2009.10.05  12:07:56
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Sammae-bong offers beautiful views of nearby Munsom and Mara islands as well as many places for weary walkers to get their strength back for the descending hike. Photo by Veronica Fortune

Jeju is a great place for anyone interested in the outdoors. There are tons of ways to get off the beaten track, but sometimes it can be just as fun to go for a walk in the park. Sammae-bong Peak is a small oreum in Seogwipo and, due to its location next to a major tourist attraction, takes less than half an hour to hike.

According to legend Sammae-bong is believed to be a place of perennial youth. Much like the legends of fairies around Oedolgae; this oreum is associated with long life and health. With the abundance of hiking and swimming opportunities and the beauty of nature all around, it's easy to see how these legends were born.

There are several routes up Sammae-bong. A very easy one is linked to Olle Course 6 and can be found by walking past the parking lot at the base of the oreum and following the sidewalk for about 100m. The more difficult route starts right next to the parking lot and goes straight up before meeting the easy route halfway up. The easier trail is safe to hike at night as it's well lit and paved with red tiles.

Like many hiking trails in Korea this one has a small exercise area at the top. Since Sammae-bong does not require much physical exertion to climb, hikers have no excuse not to try out all the exercise equipment. Some of the equipment can be a lot of fun, particularly with a partner, as many of them seem more like playground apparatus than anything designed for exercise. These can be great for stretching and staying in shape during the colder months when taking longer hikes becomes more difficult. While you're at it, take off your shoes and give the therapeutic stone path a try.

Sammae-bong offers beautiful views of nearby Munsom and Mara islands as well as many places for weary walkers to get their strength back for the descending hike. Photo by Veronica Fortune

What makes this oreum so enjoyable is the view from the top. Hikers can see the World Cup Stadium, Munsom Island, and Mara Island. If the sky is clear it also provides a vantage point to be awed once more by the beauty of Mt. Halla. It also has a lovely gazebo at the top which is a great place to stage a few photos. It also makes for a lovely picnic site. At night hikers can enjoy the lights of Seogwipo city and the World Cup Stadium as well as the bobbing lights of squid boats out for their night time catches.

This oreum makes a perfect afternoon walk, and once hikers come back down they can walk less than a half kilometer up the road, walk down some stairs and hop into the ocean near Oedolgae. Currently there are plenty of places to grab food before going up Sammae-bong or after coming down, though this will be changing very soon. A lot of the shops at the bottom of the hill will be closing after Chuseok due to a lack of building permits, but the cafe that is on the trail leading to Oedolgae will remain. With a variety of drink choices it's a great place to quench your thirst after the hike.

Sammae-bong oreum is located in Seoheung-dong, Seogwipo and can be reached by any of the main bus terminals.




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