We have one volunteer guided walk on the trail for Friday, February 3, 2017.
Kim Beok-bae is guiding three walkers on Route 3-A.
Guided Walk Schedule (FEBRUARY 2017)
All walks begin from the route start point at 9:30 a.m. unless otherwise noted – red symbol in brackets (역 ) means the walk will start from the end point. A yellow box indicates no guided walk for that day. Try to arrive before 9:30 a.m. for greetings. Guided walks are in the Korean language with some limited English on occasions depending on the volunteer and are free of charge. Prepare suitable clothing for the weather and some snacks or drink. Walkers usually each lunch together at a restaurant (please pay for this). If you wish to join a guided walk you can just turn up, or pre-register (we prefer this) by sending me an email with the date and route you wish to join.
We had one volunteer guided walk on the trail for Thursday, February 2, 2017.
Looking at a high of 9 Celsius this morning (though other reports say it will be warmer that this in the Seogwipo area). Some cloud cover with light breezes blowing in a southerly direction. There is rain forecast at the weekend.
Shin Yeong-deok guided 28 walkers on Route 19yesterday.
Jeju Walking Weather Report
Looking at a high of 23c with cloud cover, a moderate east wind, and no rain forecast. Please check the air quality map.
Jeju Olle Trail News
Office staff members and volunteers are really hard at work putting together the finishing touches on the festival. Remember we’re on Route 1 tomorrow in reverse and Route 2 on Saturday in reverse.
The Ganse Lounge will be hosting a pre-festival party this evening from 6pm through to 9pm. Various musicals acts playing all for free.
Also, posting something ahead of time for the following week (October 30). The Ganse Lounge will host American chef Ken Myszka for a food talk concert between 7-9pm. He’ll be exploring Jeju and putting healthy food on the table by drawing on his numerous experiences including those with Epiphany Farms Enterprise in Downs, Illinois.
A walk with French documentary film-maker Benoît de La Rochère on Route 18
A few weeks ago I got the chance to walk the first section of Route 18 with French documentary film-maker Benoît de La Rochère.
The soon-to-be 50 year old lugged his Canon C300, tripod, and various lenses along as we walked ourselves away from the bustling down town start point at Dongmun Rotary. Then through the old streets and buildings we continued towards Sarabong for a view out over the city.
However this was not Rochère’s first visit to Jeju Island and South Korea.
Living in the west of Paris with his wife and children, Rochère was looking for a pilgrimage in Asia and chanced upon a French newspaper article citing Jeju Olle Trail as the ‘Camino de Santiago of Asia.’
“I discovered this [trail] by accident, but I was looking for something. When you are looking for something you find it more easily,” Rochère explained.
This led to a quick two day visit to Jeju Island and Jeju Olle Trail in March 2013.
Drawing on experience that began with filming children’s magazines for French national television in the 90s and then a large volume of corporate documentaries, Rochère found his Jeju Olle Trail documentary taking shape during the second visit in April 2014.
“When you make a documentary like this you have to find characters. When I came for the location scouting my idea was to meet some people who could be characters,” he said.
Therefore Rochère was able to meet with Jeju Olle Trail Director of Visual Communication, Ivy Lee, as well as Lefthander Guesthouse owner Richard Yu.
Now he is back for a third time and finally filming a 52 minute documentary that will air on France’s KTO channel.
Rochère had just spent time with the Clean Olle team on the remote picturesque and fishing industry based islands of Chujado between Jeju Island and the mainland, which incorporates Route 18-1.
However on a humid, but overcast and drizzling Monday morning Rochère and I began our little part of the French Jeju Olle Trail documentary journey from the Ganse stamp box at Dongmun Rotary.
After explaining the stamp boxes, our stroll continued down the side of Sanji stream. There were not many other Olle walkers around except for one woman with a large backpack.
Taking a moment to talk with her we were both surprised to discover she was a 70 year old woman from Gimpo up on the Korean mainland. She was on Jeju for the forthcoming week walking her way from Route 18 in Jeju City around to the Seogwipo area of the island.
Han Yeong-ja didn’t look much over 50.
“I can show you my identification card,” she joked.
Rochère interviewed her too as we found out about the hiking she had done on the mainland that included one continuous stint of 28 days and another of over 40 days.
“My daughter won’t let me go the Camino… I want to, but she says it is too tough,” she said with a cheeky twinkle in the eye.
Rochère and I met Han until the hill of Sarabong appeared. She bid a final farewell and went on 0alone.
We were slow to climb with filming and photographs to be taken.
After reaching the top we paused for a rest and conducted more filming at the sites there including the misty harbor view and the Japanese occupation-era military tunnels.
Moving down the other side we retried to a leafy seating area for an interview. Here I explained my involvement with Jeju Olle Trail.
At one point an 80 year old man sat down next to me in the middle of the interview.
“Where are you from? What are you doing on Jeju?” he asked.
Rochère chuckled from behind his camera.
With the elderly man moving on the interview concluded and we moved to film a final segment in the grounds of the Jeju National Museum before taking a taxi back to Dongmun Rotary.
Our time together was up.
Rochère would return to his hotel and then prepare for further interviews the following day including one with Jeju Olle Trail Founder Suh Myung-sook.
Previously asking Rochère what he would want to convey to the French viewers he said: “The issue of the documentary is to show behind the touristic success of Jeju Olle there is a perhaps a another need of the people who do this. Perhaps a spiritual. I think it is a psychological need. It is not just walking.”
By Jim Saunders | Jeju Olle Trail English Volunteer
April 12, 2014 (SAT) will see ‘Clean Olle’ volunteers tidy Route 4 with a departure time of 9:30am.
This route stretches 23.1km from Pyoseon Beach to Namwon Port on the south-east coast of the island.
Residents, mainland visitors, and those from further afield are all welcome to help out with keeping Jeju Olle Trail and Jeju Island that little bit tidier.
Trash bags and trash tongs will be provided, however, it is a good idea to bring a pair of gloves to protect your hands. Apart from that please prepare everything else according to your usual hiking preferences including snacks and drinks.
Route 4 is the longest of all the Jeju Olle Trail routes with a completion guide time of at least six hours. It will be a long day for those taking part so please keep this in mind.
Public transport is simple and direct from Jeju City (No. 720 | 1h40m) or Seogwipo City (No. 700 | 40m) bus terminals.
Orientation for the third group of Jeju Olle Trail Young Supporters (Belegi Ganse) occurred last weekend. If you’re aged from 20 to 30 years old and want to help out with volunteering for Jeju Olle Trail then this is the group to participate in.
I was a member of the second group and got up to many activities and events throughout my year. I had such a great time and you can read about it here in the Korean media (scroll down for English) and here on this blog.
For 2014 there are another thirty-or-so volunteers including two foreign participants (one Englishman and one Canadian).
Saturday morning began out at the Route 6 start point and we were separated into smaller groups of 5 to walk the trail together. Though we were in groups everyone mingled together at points including rest stops.
Lunch was in downtown Seogwipo.
Afterwards we completed the trail and then headed on to the wonderful Galeum Guesthouse for the night. There were so many of us we booked out the whole place.
Dinner was Korean barbecue in the guesthouse garden followed by retiring inside for info sessions including a Q&A with a Jeju Olle Trail office staff member.
After a night relaxation and fun Sunday continued with more information sessions throughout the day.
Young Supporters learned what happened the previous year and learned of upcoming projects that they would be expected to complete.
Jeju Olle Trail Founder, Suh Myeong-suk, arrived to speak with the Young Supporters for an hour. She spoke on how Jeju Olle Trail got started and on the need for younger people to get involved with the trail.
Leadership positions were filled up and everyone retired for lunch before more free mingling sessions in the afternoon.
Finally while the official window of registration for the third group of Young Supporters has closed any late registrants are welcome on a case-by-case basis, so send us a message. Korean language skills are welcome, but not necessary as many within the Young Supporters group speak English.