Jeju Winter Festival starts with a snowy mountain hike

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!

dsc02436This year’s Jeju Winter Festival began today with a month’s worth of activities and special events. Click here for the full program organized by the Jeju Tourism Organization.

One of the scheduled outdoor activities is a group “Mission Trekking” event to climb the ever popular and quite family-friendly trail to the peak of Eoseungsaengak, about 1,169m in altitude just north of Hallasan Mountain.

We went up the first sortie of the day (10:30 a.m.) beginning from the Eorimok departure area on Hallasan Mountain. The weather was perfect — not too windy, a chill in the air, but nice in the sun.

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And of course, plenty of white snow!

It had rained and snowed a bit down in Jeju City the last couple of days, and this was reflected on the mountain with about 20 centimeters of snow at spots along the trail up to Eoseungsaengak peak.

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The trip included a knowledgeable guide who explained about the local flora, fauna, and geology. The hike itself wasn’t all that difficult, but it was nice to rest as we listened to the lecture.

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If you’d like to participate in this snowy, picturesque event, there are three more days (Jan. 7th, 14th and 21st and two sorties per day (10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m.).

As space is limited you can reserve a spot in advance by filling out the following online form (please include your phone number so organizers can get in touch).

The trek departs from the main parking lot at Eorimok at Hallasan Mountain to the top of Eoseungsaengak Peak, a 2.6-kilometer round trip. Click here for bus info.

It’s not only family friendly, but a very rewarding and beautiful hike. Games and a “mission” are part of the hike, and a souvenir will be provided to participants.

We hope you’ll take part and have a great time!

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