If you're looking for a different way to see and explore Jeju Island that isn't hopping on and off a bus or a self-drive around the island, I've got you covered in this blog post
A little known aspect of Jeju Island is its 425km worth of walking trails otherwise known as Jeju Olle Trails. That's right. You can actually explore Korea's most southern island by foot. Circling its coastline and cutting inland, you can take your pick of 26 different walking and hiking courses all across the the island, courtesy of Jeju Olle Foundation.
Unlike the hiking trails in Malaysia that are often maintained by the residents of the area, the trails in Jeju are taken care of and maintained by Jeju Olle Foundation. The Foundation is non-profit and operates with the backing of donations and profits from souvenirs. Thanks to them, tourists and hikers can enjoy trails that connect old roads between villages and famous tourist spots while preserving nature and blending it with culture and history.
The Foundation operates on 3 principles when it comes to their trails which are refraining from using artificial materials to mark the trails, avoid vehicle roads and linking a village at the start and the end. Their objective is to build a trail to 'Play, Rest, and Hike Together' and that brings joy to those who hike on it, those who live on it, and, nature allowing us to hike. I like this statement as it shows how their efforts impact everyone.
Autumn and Spring already promises stunning sceneries of blooming flowers and fiery fall leaves respective but what about winter? Its milder winter temperatures will make the long walks and hikes much more enjoyable without having to freeze your butt off in nature. It's almost like walking outside with the aircon on. If you're fortunate, you might be able to see fields and layers of snow in nature although compared to the mainland, snow is a rare occurrence in Jeju.
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Jeju Olle Route 3-A: Onpyeong Port to Pyoseon Beach (20.9km)
|Tong Oreum(small extinct volcano)
|Kim Young Gap Gallery Dumoak
You might came across orange farms and can see the farmers at work. But of course, do not pluck one unless it's offered to you by the owner.
|Sengyi Gijeong Cliff
|Sogeumbille Salt Field
But if you're not so hardcore and just want a way to enjoy the scenery while meeting new friends, the Jeju Olle Foundation has launched a weekly guided walk program called, "Wander Jeju on Foot," for foreign visitors to Korea. While hiking on specially-selected sections, participants can obtain useful tips for exploring the trail and interesting information about Jeju Island from experienced and trained English-speaking trail guides affiliated with the Jeju Olle Foundation. The walk takes place every Saturday from April to June.