After visiting Jeju island four different times with different groups of people, I feel like I have a pretty good grasp of various “Must See” and “Must Do” locations and activities. On this Jeju Olle Trail, you will encounter a black sand beach, 2 waterfalls, a small extinct volcano, an Art Gallery, and other photogenic sights. With a total distance on the shorter side of other Olle Trails (only 11 km or 6.8 miles), the difficulty of 1/3, and elevation gain of no more than 64 meters (209 feet), this is a very do-able trail for anyone with any level of fitness ability.
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About Jeju Olle Trails
Jeju Olle Etiquette
Take your trash home Don't pick or take agricultural products (such as tangerines) Don't take or disturb Jeju Olle signs Greet Jeju residents you encounter with a smile If you need to use the restroom, ask the owner politely Do not cause harm to domestic wild animals Fasten the doors/gates securely when entering/exiting privately owned farms
Before you begin, there are also some safety rules that you should be aware of:
The trail closes officially at 6 pm in the summer and 5 pm in the winter. Refrain from hiking after these hours. Refrain from walking in a storm, heavy rain, or snow, and from visiting steep valleys & cliffs off the trail. Carry emergency contacts with you at all times.(Jeju Olle Call Center @ 064-762-2190, Police @ 112) Go back to the spot where you saw the last signpost if you missed one. Regularly check announcements on the official website(www.jejuolle.org, jejuolletrailguide.net) of Jeju Olle Trail.
Essential Packing Supplies
For non-hikers such as ourselves:
comfortable walking shoes like sneakers
a large water bottle as well as some snacks
hat/sunglasses/sunblock (depending on the season)
it could get quite windy while trekking near the ocean, so a wind protecting top layer is a must.
fully charged phone (to navigate and take pictures)
Tripod to commemorate the trip with the two of you in it
Battery pack to recharge your phone(s)
Bus pass to get back to your accommodation
Camping on the Jeju Olle
If you happen to be on a tight budget, like sleeping on the ground (also known as closer to nature) or just want to camp while in Jeju, I recommend you follow in the footsteps of a Scottish couple who spent a whole month hiking and camping. This is their informative list on how to do it, where to do it (still talking about camping!) and what to pack.
Getting to the starting point of Jeju Olle #6: Soesokkak to Jeju Olle Tourist Center Olle
We had a rental car at our disposal during this Jeju trip, so we drove down to Soesokkak starting point, finding free parking at a parking lot behind public bathrooms between Soesokkak Bridge and Soesokkak Information Center.
If taking public transport, follow the information below:
Jeju Olle Signage
You should get familiar with various Jeju Olle signage that you’ll encounter along the way. While each trail has a designated ranger who maintains it, not all signs are created equal and may get confusing if you don’t know what to expect.
The most common are the ribbons (D), where blue is guiding you if you’re traveling in a clockwise direction and orange – in counter-clockwise. Blue “Ganse” horses (A) can be mostly found at the beginning, middle, and end of the trail, with stamp boxes hidden away inside Ganse’s head. Don’t confuse (C) sings for K letters, they are arrows that also help to guide your way along the Jeju Olle trails.
Our Jeju Olle #6 journey
My husband and I started our journey walking past the beautiful blue waters of a river, which meets the sea, and a small platform where people can ride small boats back towards the Soesokkak bridge. We followed the Olle signs to the right and along the coast of a surprisingly dark beach – with black sand. This beach was once covered in a layer of salt!
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The landscape of this coastal road towards Hahyo port is remarkably rocky, with black rocks shaped like melting lava, reminding us that Jeju is indeed very volcanic.
Of course, we couldn’t help ourselves but stop at Jeju’s hareubang (하르방) mascot, which is made from porous basalt (volcanic rock). While the history of this Korean symbol is unclear, today we can purchase these statues in various sizes as souvenirs while visiting Jeju. Sometimes, these statues are gifted to women to help aid their fertility, but that isn’t necessary due to an ancient tradition, but more due to the fact that Jeju island is still considered a “honeymoon island.”
Other earlier names for the statues include beoksumeori, museongmok, and useongmok. Beoksumeori, meaning shaman head, is used in the former area of Jeongui Hyeon (county), museongmok in Daejeong Hyeon and Jeongui Hyeon, and useongmok only in Jeju Hyeon. Historically, the Tamna Chronicles called them ongjungseok (옹중석/翁仲石), but this usage is unknown today.
While most of Jeju Olle #6 was along the coastal road, there was little hiding from the sun (so bring proper supplies). After walking 5 km into the trail, we came across a forested path, which offers a nice break in the scenery. Walking past the Bomok Sewage Disposal Plant, past the physical training facilities, a grassy plaza, we encountered the only archery center in Korea with an ocean view.
Don’t worry if you feel like you strayed off course when you walk past the walls of Seogwipo KAL Hotel. Next, the trail will take you towards the 16 feet tall Sojeongbang Waterfall. You may see people swimming here during the summer seasons, even in the continuously freezing cold temperatures. Climb the stairs along the west side of the waterfall to a very unique site – what once was an old Jeju Olle Foundation office, is now just a giant, empty building, shaped like a conch shell. This building would make for a very memorable Airbnb accommodation!
Next on the itinerary is one of the most beloved destinations in all of Jeju – Jeongbang Waterfall. At 75 feet in height and 26 feet in width, this waterfall is the only seaside fall in Asia, where water flows directly into the ocean! It is gorgeous and I have seen it numerous times featured on Jeju wedding photographer’s Instagram pages. Figuring it was going to be busy, we were elated when there were just a handful of other couples snapping pictures. We waited about 10-15 minutes to have the waterfall all to ourselves.
If you’re hungry, you can pick up some snacks near the entrance or among the rocks near the fall. There, you’ll find Korean grandmothers preparing raw sashimi dishes right in front of you. Bon appetite!
Entrance to the waterfall costs 2,500 krw per person and closes at 6pm.
Past Seogwipo Elementary School, is the Lee, Jung-seob Street. Lee Jung-seob was a legendary artist during the Korean war who fled to Jeju island and produced a lot of oil paintings while living very poorly there. A replica of his thatched hut is on display and a set of stairs leads you up to a newly constructed Lee Jung-seob Art Gallery. This street is very popular among locals and visitors due to its plethora of stylish restaurants, cafes, craft shops, and studios. On the weekends, you can witness festivals, performances, and flea markets here as well.
After the famous street, you have a choice of walking through the Seogwipo Maeil Market, where vegetables, fruit, and other local food shop stalls are abundant. Finish your Jeju Olle Trail 6 hike at Jeju Olle Tourist Information Center. This is a basecamp for anyone traveling to Jeju on foot and you can enjoy drinks, food, souvenirs (on the first floor), or even book an overnight stay here (on the third floor).
Other Jeju Olle Trails
Here is Jeju Olle main page of information in English with a complete list of all 26 trails.
Other things to do/see on Jeju Island
Where to stay/sleep/rest
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