Geomun Oreum International Trekking Festival

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,  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!


Geomun Oreum is one of the best oreum on Jeju island. From July 9 to 18, 2016, you can attend the Geomun Oreum International Trekking Festival.

Geomun Oreum

Several courses will be opened for trekking during this festival, ranging from 1.8km to 10km.

The main courses are Taeguk-gil (divides into 4 possible courses to take), Yongam-gil (5km, and only opened for this event), Golyeonmot-gil (5km), and Seongsan Ilchubong-gil.

Some tips before you start trekking:

  1. Get an admission ticket (in the form of a necklace) from the Trekking Information Center at the Jeju World Natural Heritage Center before you go.
  2. Entrance hours are from 8:00am – 1:00pm (2:00pm for Seongsan Ilchul Bong). If you come late, you cannot hike!
  3. Wear sneakers or hiking shoes, long-sleeve shirts and long pants. No hiking poles allowed.
  4. Snacks are only allowed in designated areas. Littering is strictly prohibited.

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There is a shuttle bus service for Geomun Oreum Course departing from the parking lot at Daheeyeon.

Route: Daheeyeon, Seonheul 2-ri, Jocheon-eup

Date: July 9 (Saturday) to July 18 (Monday)

Time: 10:30am to 4:30pm (Every 30 minutes on weekdays, and every 20 minutes on weekend) *Shuttle bus services will be closed after making sure that there are no visitors lefts along the Yongam-gil Course.

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Some fun events and activities to celebrate the Geomun Oreum International Trekking Festival include:

July 9, 2016 – Opening Ceremony (Participants will be a souvenir.)

July 10, 2016 – Special performance at Jeju World Natural Heritage Center (by Hamdeok Elementary School Seonin Branch and Haramkkun.)

July 16, 2016 – Concert at Seongsang Ilchulbong (by Seongsan High School Orchestra)

July 16, 2016 – Concert at Jeju World Natural Heritage Center (Ensemble FUN)

Other events throughout the festival include creating pendants to capture the beautiful landscape of Geomun Oreum, caricature drawing on eco-friendly paper, calligraphy on pebbles, and a post delivery service to a designated World Natural Heritage place.

During this event, the Yoosanmaeul village booth will also be opened. Come taste food from Seonheul 2-ri and Geomun Oreum Volcanic Cone, see an exhibition on naturally-dyed garot, try green tea from Daheeyeon Herb Theme Park, learn carpentry with eco-friendly materials, and more.

There are nine peaks along the ridge of Geomun Oreum. Even after the Geomun Oreum International Trekking Festival ends, you can still explore this beautiful oreum. Please call the Hiking Information Center to make reservations 2 days prior to your trip, or make an online reservation 5 days prior to hiking on Geomun Oreum. Note that every Tuesday is desgnated as Nature’s Rest Day, and hiking is prohibited then.

Nature lovers, Geomun Oreum is calling you!

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