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Mulchat Oreum opens for Saryeoni Forest FestivalWalkers granted brief access to restricted crater
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▲ Access to Mulchat Oreum has been granted from June 4-18 - Photo courtesy Jeju Sori

Walkers have been given a rare opportunity to visit one of Jeju's most unique yet inaccessible oreums.

The Mulchat Oreum path, which leads up one of Jeju's most ecologically important volcanic cones, is typically closed to members of the public to protect the land and allow vegetation to grow.

But the path has been opened for a 15-day period as part of the 8th Saryeoni Forest Eco-Healing Festival.

It is open for the duration of the festival which began on Saturday (June 4) and ends on June 18.

The event has been organised by Saryeoni Forest Committee and Jeju Special Self Governing Province and takes place on eight sections of the path. This includes those that start at Saryeoni Oreum (사려니) and Bulgeun Oreum (붉은 오름).

Activities include learning handicrafts, straw shoe walking, a photo contest and tying ribbons of hope.

High visitor numbers forced Mulchat Oreum (물찻오름) path's closure in 2008 due to damage from erosion.

The oreum which rises to 717.2 meters above sea level has a crater lake which is rare due to being permanently full. It provides a habitat for rare wetland plants and aquatic grasses.

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