– Jeju Tourism’s resident Korean travel diarist was out on his island travels again and sent this story –
For today’s post lets introduce Jimibong, which is located on the eastern side of Jeju Island in Gujwa-eup, Jongdalli.
It is right next to the coast with a height of 166m from sea-level and reaches 160m into the sky.
Jimibong has a horseshoe shape with false summits and is quite steep to climb, so watch out for that.
Jeju Olle Trail Route 21 goes up Jimibong and shortly after the route comes to an end. For many walkers it is the last point of a long journey that has taken them all around the island.
Let’s go for a climb ourselves in the fading afternoon light then?
You can explore the trail that goes around Jimibong or just go straight for the summit. Be careful about the gradient that is tougher and steeper than expected. If you’re not fit you’ll get up to the top in around 30 minutes.
While climbing turn around for views of Udo like me.
Now I understand why people say you must go to Jimibong.
Before darkness descended I got to the top.
The view in front of me was amazing. It must be amazing for Olle hikers too as this will be the final view they have of the island before finishing the trail.
I felt the autumnal atmosphere. The sunset in the sky in front of me was beautiful. It was like someone drew a picture.
Udo, Jondalli Port, Seongsan Sunrise Peak, Siksanbong and Dusanbong. You can see all of these places in one go.
It was my first time to climb here and I regretted it took so long to visit.
This the charm of climbing oreums. They still pose a small challenge, but they are much easier than going up the mountain with stress and pressure.
Darkness came. Down Jimibong I went.
You won’t regret a trip here.
So this is Jeju’s oreum story. Where shall I go next?