[Jeju’s Rejuvenating Trip] A trip to the pristine Gotjawal of Jeju, Forest of Reverie

An important note on Jeju’s updated bus system and this blog post

From August 2017, Jeju Island implemented a new city and intercity bus system. It increased the number of buses in service, while simplifying the routes, fees and numbering system.

Consequently, the contents of this previously published blog post may have changed. We therefore would kindly request that you consult this page for new bus maps in English on VisitJeju.net,  and this page on our blog for a chart of the old and new bus route numbers.

If you read Korean, then the province’s official bus system website is a useful and up-to-date resource. We hope you’ll enjoy your travels on Jeju Island!

I would like to take you through a refreshing walk through the Forest of Reverie, one of few locations of the Jeju Gotjawal Forest. The miracle of Gotjawal Forest is the proliferation of wildlife in an otherwise uninhabitable and rocky terrain.

 First of all, we’ll need a map. When you purchase your ticket, you can receive one along with a brochure.

▲ Entrance to the Fantastical Forrest

▲ Charming hand-drawn map and brochure

 ▲ The sign marking the mouth of the trail

 Shall we begin our stroll through 550m of pristine forestland?

As you traverse through this rich forest, you will encounter a rather rugged and rocky terrain, unique to a Gotjawal forest. Nevertheless, the place had a familiarity and certain warmth about it.

▲  Love Mother Nature!

One thing to consider while on this journey is that each step needs to be taken with care, as there could be a living thing where the step is taken. The more caution we take the longer this place could be preserved and protected.

 

Immediately after entering the forest, a wave of cool revitalization washes over the heat of the summer. The exhilarating breeze emanating from the thick overgrowth seems the ideal to counter the stinging rays of the summer sun. The temperature in the forest is 17 C.

If you follow along the wooden signs, you’ll encounter several stations for respite.

Continuing on to the jungle region and Avatar Trail 

 

Miniature phrase you come across on your traverse through the forest

Along the path, you will encounter informative comments that serve to relax and slow each step, so as to help you savor each moment of the stroll.

▲ Pit that allows for observation of the interior of Gotjawal

If you are not convinced that forestland still not special, perhaps you haven’t been attentive enough to its features.

Gotjawal Forest of Jeju is the unique formation of a forest life on rocky terrain after a volcanic eruption. It is also the only place on the planet where vegetation from both the tropical and polar region naturally coexists.

As we pass each pit, we pay attention to the breath of Gotjawal.

 

     ▲ A place to experience various activities

Here in the exploration tent, you can experience woodcraft, pottery, and Bonsai rock planting. We decided to pot some rosemary to bring back.

▲Rosemary that was personally potted

 

▲Complementary Japanese apricot tea

We are almost at the end of the road. After a cup of tea to sate our dry throats, we leave the forest. On our way out the flowers seem to bid us farewell.

▲A flowerbed and a jeongnang to guard it

 A jeongnang is common in Jeju. It is essentially two wooden frames on each side of a passage way with three wooden bars strapped horizontally across. If the top bar is laid diagonally as in the picture, it means that the inhabitant has been vacant for a while. This miniature jeongnang guarding the mini flower bed seemed quite sturdy and well roped.

And so, we’ve come to the end of our through the Forest of Reverie.

If you visit at the appropriate hours, you could meet the on-site guide who could explain the Gotjawal in detail, but unfortunately our visit wasn’t rightly timed.

With the exception of Sunday, guides will be present every day from 9:30 am to 5 pm in one and a half hour intervals to take visitors through the forest.

 If the heat of the summer and weight of the day have gotten you down, how about taking a revitalizing trip to the Forest of Reverie?

Below is brief information on the Forest of Reverie:

Admission 5,000 won (guided)

[Direction]

By Bus:  From the airport board Bus 37, disembark at Oiljang (Five-day market) Station,

               then board Seoilju (toward Hagwi), disembark at HanGyung-myeon Office,

                   board Eup-myeon near Family Mart (Shinchang-Moseulpo),

disembark Meongri-dong Station, and head northeast 580m.

By Taxi: 35km, approximately 54 mins

 

Address: 2548-2 Jeoji-ri, Hangyung-myeon, Jeju, Jeju-do, South Korea

Phone: 064-772-2488 (010-5697-2488)

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