In 2010 Jeju Island became a member of the Global Geoparks Network, a first for Korea.
Nine initial sites were recognized by the GGN as having significant geological and educational value, including Yongmeori Coast, Sanbangsan Mountain and Gimnyeong’s Manjanggul Lava Tube System.
Four years later, another three sites were added, including a section of Gotjawal Forest, Udo Island and Biyangdo Island.
The idea behind the Geo Trail system and the annual Geo Festival is to celebrate the local culture and foods of the regions which boast these internationally recognized Geo Heritage sites.
To that end, the Geo Festival will throughout the day spotlight local culture, foods, agricultural products and crafts.
All your senses will be covered: there will be viewing, tasting and hands-on experience programs for the whole family. Guided tours will also be helpful if you’d like to learn more about the region, its Geo Heritage, and its people.
Did you know? In addition to the Geo Festival and GGN membership, other programs have been set up in relation to Jeju’s Geo Heritage to benefit the community. Some of Jeju’s local crafts and foods have been branded and marketed, thereby giving the community’s reputation, job opportunities, and economies a boost.
What to expect:
For the Saturday event in the southwest at Sanbangsan, there are two main walking courses (Course A starts at Yongmeori Coast parking lot and is 13.7 km, est. walking time 3 hours 30 minutes. Course B starts at Hwasun Black Sand Beach. There is a also stamp tour with guide, reserve by calling 064-740-6071) and two shorter courses.
On Sunday at Gimnyeong along the north coast, the main course is 14.6 km (est. walking time 5 hours, with a stamp tour with guide, reserve by calling 064-740-6071) and one shorter course.
Date/Time: Nov. 5 and Nov. 6 (9:45 a.m. to 5 p.m.)
Location: Sanbangsan-Yongmeori Coast Geo Trail (Nov. 5), Gimnyeong-ri Gujwa Exercise Park (Nov. 6)
How to get there:
For the Nov. 5 event, take bus 750 from Jeju Intercity Bus Terminal and get off at the Sanbangsan bus stop. The parking lot is a five minute walk south.
For the Nov. 6 event, take bus 701 from Jeju Intercity Bus Terminal and get off at the Dongsung-dong bus stop. The park is a five minute walk east.