We’re on to Jeju Olle Trail Route 3 today which is about 20 kilometers long. It starts by the ocean before moving to inland villages and oreums.
You can get to know small paths while passing many of the island’s famed volcanic stone walls and lush forests.
Then climb Tong Oreum and Deokjabong.
The Kim Young Gap Gallery offers a chance to rest on the route. Here admire some of Jeju’s best landscape photography.
Starting off at Onpyeong Port you’ll most likely meet a flock of seagulls flying over the ocean.
The village name is derived from the Chinese character on meaning ‘warm’ and also pyeong meaning ‘flat’. We don’t know for sure, but as there are no oreums in this area we assume this is why the ‘warm flat land’ name stuck.
If you keep going on Hwanhaejangsong appears. This was an old fortress built during the Goreo Dynasty and is now a protected Jeju monument (49-9). It goes for about 300 meters along the coast.
Next up is Dodaebul which is one of 17 old-style lighthouses left on the island built before western design influences arrived. The oldest dates to 1915 in Bukcheon Village. Some are cone shaped, some are like a modern day Coca Cola bottle, some are like a ladder, some are rectangular. The name reveals ‘a light which illuminates the way’.
After we leave Onpyeong you arrive in Namsan with stone walls around the fields.
Now Tong Oreum appears. Be sure to follow the way-markers well in this location or you could lose the way.
This is the view from the top.
Next head to Dokjabong. The photo below was taken while heading down. Be sure to take the ‘duleoganungil’ (들어가는길) to get out.
With all that climbing out of the way a break is the order of the day on the route. The Kim Young Gap Gallery offers a perfect spot for it.
He was a man who loved Jeju all his life and look many landscape photographs of the island during the pre-digital camera era.
A gallery showcasing his photographs hang in the old converted elementary school of Samdal Village.
The type of photographs also changed depending on the season. As it is autumn many images of reeds blowing in the wind will be there. It is not to be missed.
Samdal Village has a curious story behind its name. Sam means ‘three’ and dal means ‘achievements’. The village believes all should respect the rules, respect old people, and take care of people. These are the three principles villagers should live by and hope to achieve.
The route finishes up along the coast through Sinpung-ri and Sincheon-ri which has a sea side ranch with livestock and a large flat field on which tangerine peels are dried. It is a sight at which your eyes boggle.
After this walk to Hacheon-ri over the hungry bridge with the white sands of Pyseon Beach shimmering in the distance.
Route 3 is finished, but Route 4 awaits.
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