Experience the snowy soundscape of Jeolmul Forest

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!

dsc05327Entering the embrace of the dense cedars at Jeolmul Natural Recreation Forest is an incredibly popular activity for tourists and locals alike.

But while you might first think of going there in summer to beat heat, there’s an entirely different season and experience that awaits. Winter!

Interestingly, that same forest can actually insulate visitors from the chilly winter breeze.

If it has snowed much, then you’ll notice it’s curiously quiet. The snow acts as a very efficient sound absorber.

If you’re looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city, then these conditions are an added bonus. It’s certainly a memorable experience!


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Did you know?

It’s the physical shape of the snowflakes that results in sound absorption.

As snowflakes fall and collect on the ground, they leave tiny spaces in between the individual flakes.

There is less surface area for sound to bounce off of than the soil, rock and wood that the snow covers. Thus the snowy sound is muted.

There are many different trails and distances you can choose to explore, so make your selection based on the weather conditions and your fitness. Remember, in winter it’s easy to get too chilly — even on a sunny day. Bringing extra layers of clothing, snacks, and hot beverages is highly recommended.

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With those precautions, it’s possible to enjoy the magnificence of Jeju Island’s natural environment any time of the year.

Click here for more information and a map to Jeolmul Natural Recreation Forest. Enjoy!


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