Where are the poor and no connection areas for mobile devices on Jeju Olle Trail?

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This story popped up in the Korean news a couple of weeks back and I’ve finally had a chance to translate it. I think it will give walkers a sense of how remote Jeju Olle Trail is and what some of the remotest routes are.

Now, I must say Jeju Olle has nothing like the 100 Mile Wilderness (160km) on the Appalachian Trail. Really. In fact at the end of a day after completing a route you’ll always be very close to a bus stop or buildings with people.

The Jeju Radio Management Office identified 19 locations on the trail where there is poor or no connection for mobile devices (though the chart below has 18 locations).

JRMO first measured the trail area with various telecom provider equipment and in an area they found an issue then tried to place a call.

In total 4.5 km out of our total 422 km path have poor or no connection areas with the shortest area being 50 meters and the longest area at 700 meters.

Here is the full list. The second numbers column denotes which route. The larger number on the right denotes the length of the connection problem in meters.

1 1 Malmi Oreum 200
2 3 Tong Oreum 350
3 3 Sonangbat Forest Trail 200
4 4 Yeongcheonsa Temple 100
5 5 Geuneong Entrance 50
6 5 Ye Cheonmang Mang Oreum 100
7 7-1 Gogeunsan – Chenambokji Center 1 100
8 7-1 Gogeunsan – Chenambokji Center 2 170
9 9 Baksugijeong Jandibat (grass field) 200
10 11 Sinpyeong Gotjawal Forest Trail 700
11 12 Dansanbong (oreum) 50
12 13 Teukjeonsa Forest Trail to Gosari Forest Trail 400
13 14 Gulreongjin Forest Trail to Mumyeongcheon 100
14 14-1 Mureung Gotjawal Forest Trail 700
15 14-1 Jeoji Gotjawal Forest Trail 450
16 14-1 Jeojigangjeongdongsan – Mundoji Oreum 250
17 16 Aewol-eup Goseongcheon Path 150
18 18 Samyang Wondangsa, Mungangsa Path 300

Signs will be installed where these areas begin to inform walkers of upcoming connection problems. Extra base-stations will also be installed especially around Route 3 (Tong Oreum), Route 11 (Sinpyeong Gotjawal Forest Trail) and Route 18 (Samyang Mungangsa).

From my experience Route 14-1 is the most ‘remote’ on Jeju Olle Trail. Much of the day is spent in forest, which is punctuated by the green tea fields of O’sulloc. Despite the jarring introduction to mass tourism on Jeju Island, please take time to stock up there. The middle stamp box is in front of a restaurant that does great lunch box sets.

Other than that watch out for the end of Route 11. If you don’t refill at the last convenience store at Sinpyeong sagori(intersection) then you’ll spend the next couple of hours without chance of resupply.

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