▲ An Olle Course ribbon on the second Olle Trail. Photo courtesy Jeju Special Self-Governing Province
Jeju's Olle Trails are a set of walking paths that go all the way around the island. There are currently 26 routes that make up a total distance of 425km!
One of the best things about these trails is that they are both easy to find, easy to navigate, and near to plenty of bus stops.
However, despite this, there will undoubtedly be times when you miss a sign and are left walking in the middle of nowhere wondering where to go next.
There is one way that you can ensure you avoid this happening which is by using the Kakao Maps app on your smartphone.
This app has the routes of every single Olle Trail on the map meaning that if you ever get lost all you have to do is take out your phone and see where you are supposed to be.
How to find the Olle Trails?
Finding Olle trails on Kakao maps is really easy. Simply zoom into pretty much any coastal area and look for a dotted line.
On this line, you will see something like 올레길1코스 written in Korean. The number here relates to the number of the Olle trail.
The blue dotted line on the above screenshot is the Olle Trail's route.
If you are looking for a specific course, just remember that the number one trail is in Seongsan (east side of Jeju) and that each trail runs into the next one in a clockwise direction.
Of course, if you are looking for the route while on the trail, simply use your GPS to find your location. If you have strayed from the trail you should easily be able to find your way back to the blue dotted line.
Can I use Kakao Maps to find buses?
As mentioned above, one of the best things about the Olle Trails is how they all start and finish at bus stops. Kakao maps are useful because as well as showing the route of the trail, it also shows where all the bus stops on Jeju are, as well as a real-time bus timetable.
The bus stop names are all in Korea but if you move to the bus stop you want to go to and then click on the bus stop symbol, you will see a list of all the busses that are set to arrive.
Simply click on the bus sign and you will be given a list of buses.
Is Kakao Maps available in English?
Well yes, and no. If the operating system of your phone is set to English, when you download Kakao maps it will download with an English interface.
However, despite the English interface, most of the locations on the map will only be written in Korea. Still, even if you can't read Korean it is fairly easy to see some things on the map, like bus stops and places to stay, due to the use of symbols.
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