[Jeju_TRAVEL] A short and rewarding hike near Jeju City with Byeoldobong

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!

– From our Korean travel diarist –

I’m staying with Sarabong Park (Sanji Lighthouse related content) for this post as we climb one of Jeju’s 368 extinct parasitic volcanoes – Byeoldobong.

The volcanic and sedimentary rock rises from the east side of Jeju City on the outskirts of Hwabuk-dong. It’s an easy place to access by car or bus too.

Along the way to the summit you can see goraegul (Dolphin cave) and aegieobeundol (the stone giving a baby a piggy back).

You wouldn’t think this place is so close to the city and the walking trail is comparable to other beautiful trails that are in the countryside.

Many people come here for exercise as do families and lovers.

One of Byeoldobong’s other charms is the lazy weekend stretch. The oreum is a good way to get out of the house if you’re not feeling up to much on Saturday or Sunday.

Though if you do want to do more then Jeju Olle Trail Route 18 passes by to Jocheon. That’s an all day walk.

Looking back during the climb provides views of the wide spread blue ocean. I exhaled my stress.

Byeoldobong is a low oreum at 136m from sea level with a 1.8km well-made path.

This path has become a tourist attraction in itself and is one of the island’s 31 beauties.

Yet there are so many other ways to go. You can never get fed up as there is something to explore every time.

At the summit there are benches for sitting and a fire watching hut. I considered how lucky I am to live here.

So climb Byeoldobong and enjoy the seaside with a walk at the same time. Visitors won’t regret stopping here.



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