2016-10-14 (Friday) Jeju Olle Trail News and Updates

Today’s Akajabong Volunteer Guide

Hong Dal-hyeon will guide 22 walkers on Route 14 today.

Na Jong-won guided 21 walkers on Route 13 yesterday.

Jeju Walking Weather Report

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Looking at a high of 23c with cloud cover and a gentle east wind. No rain forecast. Please check the air quality map.

Jeju Olle Trail News

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The 2016 Jeju Olle Walking Festival is only 1 WEEK AWAY (Friday October 21 (Route 1 in reverse) and Saturday October 22 (Route 2 in reverse).

We’re going to celebrate the eve of the festival on Thursday night at the Ganse Lounge in Jeju City from 6pm through to 9pm.

Pianist No Ji-yong and electric organist Choi In-suk will kick off at 6pm until 6:30pm.

Then from 6:35pm through to 6:55pm Kim Yu-jin will play numbers from musicals familiar to all.

For the final part Heineken award-winning DJ Jerry M will be on the turntables. Also, Jeju-based DJ Lee sang-soon will help finish up.

So if you are at your accommodation in Jeju City then stop on by.

This event is FREE.

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Walk from Jeju International Airport directly on to Jeju Olle Trail Route 17 and into Jeju City – No need for the bus

I want to take the time to highlight a little known fact for international walkers and thru-hikers.

You can begin your Jeju Olle Trail walk directly from Jeju International Airport.

Jeju International Airport has a connecting, officially marked trail, with Route 17.

Route 17 continues into Jeju City and is a good and different way to start your walk.

I’ve noticed a growing trend among international walkers coming to Jeju Olle Trail. Many are choosing to start at Route 18 in Jeju City and not Route 1 in Siheung-ri.

So if the time of day is right, why not start walking as soon as you get off the airplane?

Doing it this way should be a great introduction to South Korea and Jeju.

In my mind there are a few other bonuses for starting this way:

  • Walkers really make it a walking holiday.
  • Walkers will pass the official Olle information center, Ganse Lounge, in Jeju City and can pick up passports, food, and drink there.
  • Walkers will go through Dongmun Market.
  • Walkers can make a reservation ahead of time for accommodation in the area (there is a lot).
  • The whole area near the Route 18 start point has restaurants and food supplies to get you ready for your first full day on the trail.

Walkers usually need up to 2 hours for the trip into town this way.

The next day walkers can continue on Route 18 or instead take a bus on to Route 1.

If anyone needs more information about this possibility then please consult the Route 17 English guide or send a message.