19.6km of medium difficulty terrain
The largest temple in Asia
A small extinct volcano
Many restaurants to snack or dine in near various parts of this trail
Pass a tangerine grove
Natural Monument – hexagonal columns (Joosang Jeolli)
Jungmun Sekdal Beach
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About Jeju Olle Trails
‘Olle’ means ‘alleyways’ in Jeju dialect, and Jeju Olle Foundation constructed the Jeju Olle Trails back in 2007 in order to motivate locals and visitors to sightsee Jeju’s less famed paths, which surround the island as well as go inland. All in all, there are 26 routes, five of which are sub-trails (1-1, 7-1, 10-1, 14-1, and 18-1), creating a linked network of 425 km (264 miles). The attraction of the Olle Trails is that each route consists of connecting alleys, mountain paths, field paths, coastal roads, and hills, which make for some pretty picturesque and memorable times. On average, each route is around 15 km (9 miles), taking a hiker/walker around 5-6 hours to finish a course. Over the past 13 years, over 8 million travelers have been visiting Jeju Olle Trails, making it one of the top things to do while on Jeju island.
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 #8: Wolpyeong – Daepyeong Olle
We had a rental car at our disposal during this Jeju trip, so we drove down to Wolpyeong Awenangmok starting point and parked behind Songyi Supermarket.
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 #8 journey
I was definitely the most excited for the beginning of our journey and the impressiveness of THE LARGEST TEMPLE IN ASIA – Yakcheon Temple. This temple has been built 50 years ago and provides various experience programs, such as the overnight Temple Stay. As a participant, you can get a hands-on experience of everyday temple life and disciplines. Drawing from my previous Temple Stay Experiences in Magoksa and Bomunsa, it’s a great retreat for body and soul. We got to meditate, learn about various types of meditation, drink tea, eat vegetarian-based dishes, learn about Buddhism, learn about Monk’s life, learn to make a Korean traditional paper lantern, learn to bow, hike around the temple, sightsee around the temple and others. I always reminisce about these weekends and can only visualize that the Yakcheon Temple Stay program is just as memorable. It is located in an open area with the sea as its main draw.
"Yakcheonsa Temple was designated as the Tangible Inheritance of Seogwipo City by Seogwipo City in 2006 for 'authentic Korean architectural styles and splendid traditional multicolored paintwork on wooden buildings."
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Next, you’ll pass through the Palm Tree path towards Daepo Port, where you can dine at sashimi restaurants or enjoy a yacht tour.
Walk past the tangerine grove and the Jungmun Complex Soccer Field, which looks very inviting with all three sides of the protruding land being surrounded by the sea.
Save your phone’s or camera’s battery for the next spectacular feature of this trail – Joosang Jeolli.
What is Joosang Jeolli?
It’s a hexagonal column that forms when the lava meets the ocean water.
Hot lava flow –>Temperature Decrease and Volume Contraction –> Further Contraction of Molten Lava during cooling –> Formation of Columnar Joint
Formed at around 900 degrees Celsius in Basaltic Lava, the columns measure 30-40m in height (98-131 feet) and 1km wide (0.6mi). These 5 or 6 sided beauties are the largest of their kind in Korea. Mostly found in the southern part of Jeju, these columns are also known as tortoiseshell joints (because of their turtle shell shape). While literature describes them as dark red, I could only see various shades of grey. See if you can spot that dark red color in the images below?
After spending some time photographing and admiring Joosang Jeolli, you’ll be following Jungmun Tourism Trail, which will take you 332 feet on to the Berinnae Oreum (an extinct volcano). At the top follow the trail that leads north towards Cheonjyeon waterfall.
Pacific land and Jungmun Tourism Complex and Info Center will be next in your journey. A lot of tourism facilities are located near the Jungmun Tourism Complex and Jungmun Sekdal Beach, such as the Botanical Garden, Hyatt Hotel, waterfall, cave sites, firefly protection site, and others. In the summer and winter, Seogwipo Sea Penguin Swimming Contests are held here.
Continuing on Jeju Olle #8, you’ll pass Yerae Eco Park, Nonjinmul, entrance to Lighthouse, Haye port, and Daepyeong port. We skipped the last 7 km of this journey in order to return and complete it during another trip. Sometimes you have to listen to your body, its aches, and pains and that’s what we did grabbing a taxi to return to the starting point and our rental car. For us non-hikers, Jeju Olle Trails are not a requirement when vacationing in Jeju but more of a sightseeing suggestion.
Here are a few other images from Jeju Olle #8
Other things to do/see on Jeju Island
Where to stay/sleep/rest
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