Last Friday two JTO colleagues and I spent the afternoon on the new HaYoung Olle Walking Trail (Course 1), which opened at the end of May.
I’m very happy to say that this route through the older section of Seogwipo City and the coast is truly inspired! The combination of parks, tourist landmarks, and natural beauty, which are all brought together in a satisfying group, is a very manageable 8.9-km walk.
Here’s a 6-minute video of our trip which was posted on our official Visit Jeju Global YouTube channel.
And here are some of the photos I took of the route on June 4, 2021. Click on any photo to enlarge.
Seogwipo City Hall-> Beopjang Temple Alleyway-> Geolmae Eco Park-> Cheonjiyeon Falls -> Seogwipo Chilsimni Poetry Park-> Saeyeongyo Bridge-> Saeseom Islet-> Cheonjiyeon Cliff Path-> Jeju Olle Tourist Center-> Arang Joeul Food Street-> Seogwipo City Hall
We depart Seogwipo City Hall having parked our car in the underground parking lot there. This is also the end of the route, so it’s convenient if you’re coming by car or public bus to end up where you started.
The view of Hallasan Mountain (above) and Geolmae Eco Park (below) from the first leg of the journey at Beopjang Temple Alleyway.
Purple HaYoung Olle arrow signs show the way. There are also round ones in purple and bronze markers stamped into the road/path.
Geolmae Eco Park is full of dense forest and cool, fresh flowing streams.
Moving through to Chilsimni Poetry Park. Gidang Art Museum and the huge architectural landmark of the Seogwipo Arts Center are in the area. You can hear and later catch a glimpse of Cheonjiyeon Waterfall from here.
Cheonjiyeon Waterfall is a UNESCO World Natural Heritage site.
Almost there! This is the main Jeju Olle Tourist Center for Seogwipo City.
Jeju Olle network of 26 walking trails is now listed as one of the world’s “Top 10 Best Coastal Walks” by the UK-based magazine Active Traveller
Again, we’ll have an embedded video of the day available for you here soon. Thank you for reading.
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