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Jeju’s woodland walksAlmost half of Jeju is woodland so you have little excuse not to get out and enjoy it
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This is The Weekly’s guide to some of Jeju’s best forested areas, providing all of the information you need to be under Jeju’s welcoming boughs.

Although Jeju’s Gotjawal and National Recreational Forests are not included, they will be published in a special guide in a later edition.

To read our introductory article about the benefits of Jeju's woodlands to our health and the threat posed by development, click here.

Bijarim Forest (비자림)
62, Bijasup-gil, Gujwa-eup, Jeju-si

▲ Bijarim Forest
▲ Bijarim Forest

Call +82-64-710-7912

Over almost 45 hectares there are more than 2,800 nutmeg trees up to 500~800 years old, making Natural Monument 374 the largest such forest in the world. There are also around 100 other tree species and 150 herbal plants. Walkers can enjoy a short 40-minute course and a longer 90-minute course.

Facilities: The short course is smooth enough for strollers and wheelchairs which are available for hire. There is also a restaurant, a snack bar and car parking available.
Paths: 3.2km
Hours: Summer: 8:20 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Winter: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Fee: 1,500 won (free for Jeju residents)
Transport: Jeju Intercity Bus Terminal -> #710 (to Seongsan) / hourly / takes 90 mins -> change at Songdang-ri to #900 / every 90 mins / takes 10 mins to Bijarim (two stops)
Seogwipo Intercity Bus Terminal -> #780 (to Jeju City via Seongpanak) / every 15 min / takes 70 mins -> change at Gyorae Entrance to #710 (to Seongsan) / hourly / takes 60 mins -> change at Songdang-ri to #900 / every 90 mins / takes 10 mins to Bijarim (two stops)

Mt. Hallasan Mountain Ring Path (한라산 둘레길)
882, 1100-ro, Seogwipo-si

▲ Mt. Hallasan Mountain Ring Path
▲ Mt. Hallasan Mountain Ring Path

+82-64-738-4544

Mt. Hallasan Perimeter Road includes two narrow hiking courses of around 5.5 k.m. each through mostly deep cedar forest with areas of wild shiitake mushroom. There are two courses which pass Shi Oreum (course one) and Dol Oreum (course two) in addition to historical Japanese military and Jeju Massacre sites. There are camelia, fir and arrow bamboo woodlands.

Facilities: Minimal facilities along this signposted woodland path.
Paths: 11 k.m.
Hours: Unrestricted but entry is recommended during sunlight hours.
Fee: Free
Transport: Jeju Intercity Bus Terminal - #740 (to Jungmun) / every 60~80 mins / takes 90 mins to Seogwipo Recreational Forest (course one)
Seogwipo Intercity Bus Terminal - #780 (to Jungmun) / every 15 mins -> Jungmun Elementary School - #740 (to Yeongsil) / every 60~80 mins / takes 60 mins to Seogwipo Recreational Forest (course one)

Hannam-ri Meochewat (한남리 머체왓 숲길)
755, Seoseong-ro, Namwon-eup, Seogwipo-si

▲ Hannam-ri Meochewat Woodland Path
▲ Hannam-ri Meochewat Woodland Path

+82-64-805-3113

“Hannam-ri Meochewat” encompasses the land south of Meoche Oreum near Saryeoni Oreum. The forest trail skirts cattle farms, gotjawal, cedar forest, and streambeds. Meoche Oreum has an observatory deck from which to enjoy Jeju’s landscape.

Facilities: There is a visitors information center at the entrance
Paths: 6.7 km / 2~3 hrs
Hours: Unrestricted but entry is recommended during sunlight hours.
Fee: Free
Transport: There are no buses, but a taxi from Seogwipo World Cup Stadium takes around 35 minutes for around 15,000 won.

Halla Arboretum (한라수목원)
72, Sumogwon-gil, Jeju-si

▲ Halla Arboretum
▲ Halla Arboretum

Call +82-64-710-7575

Two million visitors per year, mostly tourists, visit the 2.8 billion won, 20 hectare arboretum and its many themed gardens. Opened in 1993, in 2000 it was also designated a preservation and research center managed by the Hallasan Research Institute. It is an enjoyable walk so close to urban Jeju and nighttime visitors might spot the many deer which descend from Halla.

Facilities: Information center, greenhouses, ponds, restrooms, three pergolas, and parking.
Paths: 3.8 k.m.
Hours: Greenhouse and Natural Ecology Experience Exhibition Hall: 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Outdoor: 24 hours although no lighting after 11 p.m.
Fee: Free
Transport: Jeju City Hall - #200 / every 35 mins / takes 60 mins to Halla Arboretum
Seogwipo Intercity Bus Terminal - #780 (to Jeju City via Jungmun Resort Complex) / every 15 min / takes 90 mins to Jeongjon Maeul bus stop -> walk 8 mins to Halla University bus stop and change to #30, #90 (heading south) / every 40 mins / takes 5-10 mins to Halla Arboretum (three stops)

Hogeun Walk and Shi Oreum (호근산책로와 시오름)
Intersection of Sallongnam-ro and Hogeunbuk-ro, Hogeundong, Seogwipo-si

▲ Hogeun Walk and Shi Oreum
▲ Hogeun Walk and Shi Oreum

‘Hogeun Walk’ is a favorite among Seogwipo people, its fame spreading through word-of-mouth. The thick cypress and camellia forest is dotted with decades-old slash-and-burn fields indicating locals’ use of the land in years past. The route connects with Hallasan Mountain Ring Path Course 1 at Shi Oreum for hikers wanting to ascend further.

Facilities: The trail and parking on Sallongnam-ro.
Paths: 4.5 k.m.
Hours: Unrestricted but entry is recommended during sunlight hours.
Fee: Free
Transport: There are no buses, but a taxi from Seogwipo World Cup Stadium takes around 30 minutes for around 12,000 won.

Halla Eco-Forest (한라생태숲)
2596, 5.16-ro, Jeju-si

▲ Halla Eco-Forest
▲ Halla Eco-Forest

Visit hallaecoforest.jeju.go.kr or call +82-64-710-8681~8

This 196-hectare forest was opened in September 2009 and aims to provide a sanctuary and research base for Jeju’s flora and fauna to restore damaged habitats and native plants. It is mostly warm temperate Korean fir forest with maple and cherry trees in additoin to managed forest zones. There are also widespread chrysanthemum, magnolia and wild orchids.

Facilities: There are extensive walkways throughout the forest and much is accessible by wheelchair while other areas are gravel. There are toilets, resting areas and an observatory.
Paths: The circuit is 4.2 k.m. with additional paths to Jeolmun Oreum (1.7 k.m.) and the deer observation deck (3.9 k.m.)
Hours: Summer: 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Winter: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Fee: Free
Transport: Jeju Intercity Bus Terminal -> #780 (to Seogwipo City via Seongpanak) / every 15 min / takes 50 mins to Halla Eco-Forest
Seogwipo Intercity Bus Terminal -> #780 (to Jeju City via Seongpanak) / every 15 min / takes 80 mins to Halla Eco-Forest

Saryeoni Forest Path (사려니 숲길)
Jocheon-eup entrance at Bijarim-ro, Jeju-si

▲ Saryeoni Woodland Path. Photo by Daniel Kojetin
▲ Saryeoni Woodland Path. Photo by Daniel Kojetin

Pyoseon-myeon entrance at Namjo-ro, Seogwipo-si
Call +82-64-900-8800

Saryeoni Forest Path is a series of routes through dense cedar forest at around 550 meters above sea level. The forest passes Mulchat Oreum and Saryeoni Oreum and dominant tree species include cedar, fir, snowbell and oak. Visitors should be aware that only 10 k.m. of the total route is currently open and access is barred to Mulchat Oreum and a reservation (seven days in advance) is needed to access Bulgeun Oreum.

Facilities: Saryeoni has an information center, parking and toilets.
Paths: 15 k.m. (only 10 k.m. currently open)
Hours: Summer: Last entry at 16:00; Winter: Last entry at 15:00.
Fee: Free
Transport: Jeju Intercity Bus Terminal - #730 (to Seogwipo City via Namwon) / every 20 mins / takes 50 mins to Mulchat Oreum bus stop -> 1 minute walk
Seogwipo Intercity Bus Terminal - #780 (to Jeju City via Seongpanak)/ every 15 mins / takes 90 min to Gyorae Entrance -> 5 minute walk
*The Jeju City Tour Bus from City Hall or the Intercity Bus Terminal also visits Saryeoni

Seohongdong Woodland Memory Lane (서홍동 추억의 숲길)
300 meters east of the intersection of Sallongnam-ro and Hogeunbuk-ro, Seohongdong, Seogwipo-si

▲ Seohongdong Woodland Memory Lane
▲ Seohongdong Woodland Memory Lane

This walk is near ‘Hogeun Walk’, yet its atmosphere is very different. This gently sloping forest path is at an altitude of 450~800 meters and it captures the joy and sorrow of the Seohongdong people. Many cultural relics can be found along the route including old-style Jeju houses and stone walls. There are also millstones worked by horses and hunting grounds among this centuries-old forest.

Facilities: Signposted paths and cultural relics.
Paths: 11 k.m.
Hours: Unrestricted but entry is recommended during sunlight hours.
Fee: Free
Transport: There are no buses, but a taxi from Seogwipo World Cup Stadium takes around 30 minutes for around 12,000 won.

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