Hiking the ‘Rolls-Royce’ of volcanic cones

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!

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The view back along Barimae’s crater path towards Hallasan Mountain

A friend of mine who has hiked most of Jeju Island’s 368 oreum once described Barimae as the “Rolls-Royce” of volcanic cones. After a late afternoon trek in which I was the only creature – minus the wild pheasants –anywhere around… I’d heartily agree with him.

Once I got to the top and walked along the crater rim, I felt like I was in my own personal, elevated amphitheater… with a spectacular panoramic view of the island’s west and southwest.

Barimae Oreum is along the 1117 Road, which makes it very convenient for hikers from Jeju City. Moreover, there are a substantial number of oreum along the 1117. (For example, Nokkome Oreum which is about 2 kilometers from Barimae.)

Click to enlarge. As you can see, there are six oreum all in the line south of the 1117 Road.
Click to enlarge. As you can see, there are six oreum all in the line south of the 1117 Road.

The first thing you notice when you arrive at Barimae (after turning on to a rather narrow farm road) is the good parking and a public washroom.

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Then, you have a choice. Go left and climb Jokeunbarimae (the smaller of the two) or make your way up Barimae proper. Either are great and it’s perfectly feasible that you can do both in one trip — they don’t take all that long to climb.

You can climb both in a few hours.
You can climb both in a few hours.
Did you know?

The southern face of Barimae Oreum is forested by Korean pine.

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This wild pheasant was not pleased by the intrusion.
This wild pheasant was not pleased by the intrusion.

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dsc01424In any case, the light was fading by the time I arrived, so I chose the main oreum, which is 213 meters in height and shaped like a wooden barittae bowl used in Buddhist temples – thus its name.

From the rim of the volcanic cone, it is possible to peer down on the 78-meter-deep, 130-meter diameter crater. Again, it’s the sense of remote stillness and yet with a view of the hustle and bustle of the island below which really hits home – we live in such a beautiful place!

Location: 1 San, Eoeum-ri, Aewol-eup, Jeju City

How to get there: There is an option by bus, but it will entail a 2-kilometer walk just to get to the base of the Barimae Oreum. From Jeju City Intercity Bus Terminal catch bus No. 750-1 or 750-3, which takes you along the 1135 Highway. At Eoeum 2-ri bus stop you get off and you’ll see Barimae directly to the east.

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