2020-08-06 (THURSDAY) | Jeju Olle Trail Daily Update

There are no guided walks or trail cleaning events until September. This is due to hot and uncomfortable weather on the island.

Today’s Olle Image

“Still at the beach…” along Route 10. Taken by Olle academy member Lee Seong-gwan on August 1.

Weather Summary

Overall it will always be HOT AND HUMID on the trail in August. It is not the best time or enjoyable time for walking. Please consider postponing until September.

Jeju, tropical nights continue for 10 days…Occasional rain

The night of sleeplessness continued as the tropical nights were observed in Jeju for ten days in a row.

In Jeju, it has been going on for 10 consecutive days since a tropical night occurred between the 27th and 28th of last month.

The number of days of occurrence of tropical nights by island area this summer is Jeju 11th (10 consecutive days), Seogwipo 7th (〃 6th), Gosan 8th (〃 8th), Seongsan 7th (〃 5th).

Heat waves are in effect all over Jeju Island, except for the mountain.

On this day, Jeju will see occasionally rain mainly in the mountains and the south, and there will be places where thunder and lightning strike with gusts of wind.

The expected precipitation is 10-50 mm.

Source: https://www.yna.co.kr/view/AKR20200806010400056?section=news

Sunrise – Sunset – Fine Dust – UV Levels

Sunrise: 05:51 | Sunset: 19:29

The PM 2.5 micro fine dust level is BAD to GOOD (07:00 KST)

The PM 10 fine dust level is NORMAL to GOOD (07:00 KST)

2020-08-05 NOTE: For the last few days there has been a noted air quality data difference between Jeju’s local fine dust station maps and national maps. This difference could be due to a volcanic eruption off the coast of Japan and the effect on Jeju.

The UV level is NORMAL (early morning) / NORMAL (morning) / NORMAL (afternoon)

Please refer to the Jeju Environment Protection Research Center for the local fine dust situation (http://air.jeju.go.kr/index.htm)

Air Korea (https://bit.ly/2taWZp5) has excellent maps showing the real-time influence of fine dust across the whole country.

Ultraviolet index for South Korea and Jeju Island can be checked here.

Jeju Island News

Translated with Google Translate and edited for unclear meanings

Pedestrian traffic accident… ‘unprotected’ as there is no sidewalk on Halla Mountain area roads

Pedestrians and cyclists are exposed to traffic accidents along the roads on Halla Mountain and it is urgent to install safety facilities.

On the 4th, two hikers, who were walking along the road near the entrance to the Gwaneumsa Trail in Ara-dong, Jeju City, were hit by a transport bus of the Army Special Forces, one was killed, and one was seriously injured.

On this road without sidewalks, the bus’s luggage door opened outward, and two hikers in their 30s could not escape the protruding door.

There were soldiers on the bus who were returning after summer training on Mt. Halla.

The road, which was designated as the first mountain road by crossing the hills of Halla Mountain, was opened in 1979, 41 years ago.

The situation is the same on the 5.16 road crossing Halla Mountain. The road, which opened 58 years ago in 1962, has a total length of 40.5 km, but does not have any proper sidewalk.

Especially the roadside boundary of the forest tunnel (1.2 km), which follows the Seongpanak Trail, is only 25 cm wide, which increases the risk of traffic accidents due to bicycle riders entering.

The reason why pedestrian areas have not been properly constructed on these roads that have been opened for more than 40 years is that they are difficult to install due to various laws and regulations.

Even when attempting, development was prohibited or restricted by the Cultural Properties Protection Act (Hallasan Natural Reserve), the Natural Park Act (Hallasan National Park), and the National Land Planning and Use Act (Natural Environment Conservation Area).

For this reason, it is not easy to obtain permission from the related organizations, the Cultural Heritage Administration, the Ministry of Environment, and the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport. It is known that permission to change the current status of cultural assets (Halla Mountain) after deliberation by the Cultural Heritage Committee of the Cultural Heritage Administration is known to be more demanding.

An official from Jeju Special Self-Governing Province said, “It is difficult to obtain permission to change the status of various development activities because the Cultural Heritage Committee puts priority on preservation and protection.” Jeju Island attempted to open a 50-degree sidewalk with a wooden deck in the forest tunnel on the 5.16 roads six years ago, but failed to pass the deliberation on changing the status quo.

Jeju Island attempted to install a large number of warning security lights as there were an average of 100 traffic accidents per year on the 5.16 road, but it was unable to speed up the safety facility reinforcement project due to restrictions on related laws even though only one was installed.

As a result, most of the sections on the 5.16 roads and the first mountain road remained intact and the road linearity and structure of decades ago, such as one-way lanes and no sidewalks.

Source: http://www.jejunews.com/news/articleView.html?idxno=2169189

Source: http://www.jejuilbo.net/news/articleView.html?idxno=149057

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