Jeju Olle Trail No.1
The start point of Jeju Olle Trail No.1 is Siheung Elementary School which is about an hour away from downtown Jeju city. Once you get there, you could easily find an information board as above. It shows the route of the trail and some safety rules. Let us follow the route!
It was a little bit cloudy when I started walking. If you see the above picture, you can find blue & red color straps. This means you’re on the right track of the trail. Sometimes, it’s hard to find the path but, those straps help you find the right way. So, let us move on!
If you follow the way, you can find Jeju Olle Trail Information Center. This is a place where you can get lots of information, souvenirs, water & toilets. I was trying to buy Jeju Olle Passport that you can get stamped but, unfortunately, it was all sold out during the weekend. So, I just got a map and move onto next step.
Now, a small challenge starts from here. Basically, Olle Trail No.1 has two oreums ( small volcanoes ) such as Dusanbong ( Malmi Oreum ) and Al Oreum. There is a pavilion where you can take a break. You can see many people made their wishes with hanging some stuff. This is a kind of folk religions here in Jeju island. Let us keep walking!
For me, this point was the best in the Olle trail No.1.. The views were amazing!
The above blue stuff is called “Ganse”. The Ganse is the symbol of the trail and the Jeju Olle Foundation, and represents the small ponies that used to roam the island. The name comes from an old Jeju dialect meaning slow, lazybones, hence, the spirit of walking slow on the trail. These markers are prevalent at major stops along the trail routes and mark how many kilometers the user has walked of the specific route.
A view from the top of Al Oreum
After Al Oreum, the trail will lead you to Jongdal-ri ( a small village ) and you will walk along with the ocean.
Views of Seongsan Sunrise Peak ( Seongsan Ilchulbong ) from the trail.