We started our second day in Jeju island by asking the hotel staff to give us a ride to the starting point of Route 1 of the Jeju Olle Trail. Jeju Olle Trail is
Ollegil (올레길) The Jeju Olle Trail, called Jeju Olle Gil or simply, “Jeju Olle” in Korean, is a long-distance foot path on Jeju Island, an island off the south-west coast of South Korea. The overall route, mostly following the coastline, consists of 21 interconnected numbered main routes, 5 major spurs, and a short spur that connects to Jeju Airport. The routes each have an average length of 16 km and total 422 km in all. The exact length and locations change over time as trails are modified or re-routed. The routes pass through various landscapes along the way including small villages, beaches, farms and forests. Many routes encompass some of the island’s 368 oreums (low parasitic volcanoes and historical sites dating from ancient times through to the modern era.
The 2 most beloved Olle trails are route #1 & #7. While the latter is far from our hotel, the former was just 3 minutes away by car. We spent ~5 hours on the trail, hiking through villages, over mountains, and along the beach. The weather was perfect (no sun, cool and windy) and the trail was beautiful. Hiking is our favorite activity, given how antisocial we are xD Jeju has a lot to offer, but many spots of interest are touristy. We just want to spend our holiday as pleasantly as possible, and enjoyment = no people around. I am not sure if I would recommend hiking Jeju Olle Trails to everyone, because many may find walking ~15km nothing fun, but if you want to discover the hidden beauty of Jeju island, Olle Trail is a good place to start.
We started our hike at Siheung Elementary School (more information at http://www.jejuolle.org/?mid=40) and were immediately greeted with beautiful flowers:
Beautiful hilly road:
To the top of the hill~
Looking down to Jeju:
We saw cows…
And so many flowers…
Walking along the beach we saw hundreds of cuttlefish drying in the wind:
Tired from the long hike, we decided to drop by a Haenyeoui Jib, aka Women divers’ restaurant. Jeju has their own version of mermaids, who dive into the ocean without any special equipment to gather seafood. We had a bowl of Abalone porridge–Jeju’s specialty and a plate of raw spiny topshell.
For 10000 KRW we had a huge bowl of yummy porridge + a table of side dishes :O how generous of them.
The raw spiny topshell:
After lunch, we headed back to hotel to take a nap before visiting our next destination in the late afternoon: Seongsan Ilchulbong.