Seongsan Ilchulbong + Jeju Olle Trail
(Itinerary : Haevichi Hotel - Seongsan Ilchulbong - Jeju Olle Trail [Course 1] – Haevichi Hotel)
1) Seongsan Ilchulbong Tracking (About 30 minutes)
Seongsan Ilchulbong has long been considered one of the top scenic destinations in Korea. It attracts millions of visitors a year, many of whom climb to the top for the breathtaking panoramic view of the ocean, Udo Island, Hallasan Mountain, and the volcanic landscape of the east.
Seongsan Ilchulbong is a protected area that is the pride both of Jeju residents and citizens of Korea. It was designated a Natural Monument on July 19, 2000 and subsequently recognized for its outstanding geological value by UNESCO on July 2, 2007, when it was added to the World Natural Heritage List. The peak was also named a Global Geopark Network site in October, 2010.
2) Jeju Olle Trail (A Partial Course 1: Seongsan Ilchul-bong-Gwangchigi Beach /3~4km, About 1hour)
Jeju Olle’s first route connects Oreums to the ocean. The route starts near Siheung-ri Station and connects to an evergreen field, Malmi Oreum(small extinct volcano) and Al Oreum(small extinct volcano) with a panoramic view of Seongsan Ilchulbong(peak) and U-do Island. This view, the green fields with Jeju’s signature black stone wall, resembles a patchwork of colorful cloth. Passing Jongdal-ri old salt flat and Siheung-ri coastal road and you will arrive at Sumapo Beach with an impressive view of Seongsan Ilchulbong(peak). Finally, the color of the ocean and algae covered rocks at Gwangchigi Beach is simply stunning. / *Sumapo : port where horses grown in Jeju were sent to the mainland back in Joseon Dynasty.
* ‘Olle’ was ‘Ora’ or ‘Orae’ in the language of middle ages, and it is believed that pure Korean word ‘Orae’ meant gate (門). Also by pronunciation ‘Jeju Olle’ has another meaning which means ‘will you come to Jeju?’ (Jeju-e olle?). the ‘Olle’ of windy island Jeju is made by basalt rock which has so many small holes in it. Moreover, it shows the aesthetics of winding stone wall road of Jeju.