2017-01-25 (Wednesday) Jeju Olle Trail News and Updates

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We have one volunteer guided walk on the trail for Wednesday, January 25, 2017.

Kang Jin-cheol is guiding again with eleven walkers on Route 10.

Akajabong Guided Walk Schedule (JANUARY 2017)

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Akajabong Guided Walk Schedule (FEBRUARY 2017)

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***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.***

Yesterday’s Akajabong Volunteer Guide

We had one volunteer guided walk on the trail for Tuesday, January 24, 2017.

Route 8 with Kang Jin-cheol.

Jeju Walking Weather Report

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High of 4 Celsius with little cloud and a gentle breeze blowing in a southerly direction.

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Air Quality Index
(AQI) Values
Levels of Health Concern Colors
When the AQI is in this range: ..air quality conditions are: …as symbolized by this color:
0 to 50 Good Green
51 to 100 Moderate Yellow
101 to 150 Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups Orange
151 to 200 Unhealthy Red
201 to 300 Very Unhealthy Purple
301 to 500 Hazardous Maroon

Jeju Olle Trail News

We have changed the start points and end points for some routes. Please download the new images above and check the information in detail below.

Route 5 – New End Point (Jan 2017)

End point now at Soesokkak Bridge which is a few hundred meters before the original end point of Soesokkak Estuary. (13.8km – 13.1km)

Route 6 – New Start Point and End Point (Jan 2017)

The new start point will be at Soesokkak Bridge, but the end point will be at the Jeju Olle Tourist Center in downtown Seogwipo (NOT Oedolgae Rock). This shortens Route 6 considerably down from 13.3km to 11km. Route 6A and 6B will no longer exist as well. They have been combined.

Route 7 – New Start Point (Jan 2017)

Route becomes longer. From 14.7km to 17.4km. Route 7 starts at the Jeju Olle Tourist Center.

Route 7-1 – New End Point (Jan 2017)

This route will finish at the Jeju Olle Tourist Center and increases from 14.7km to 15km.

Route 17 – New End Point (Jan 2017)

Will finish at the Ganse Lounge in Jeju City. Not Dongmun Rotary anymore.

Route 18 – New Start Point (Jan 2017)

This will start from the Ganse Lounge.

Jeju Island News

No time for an update today.

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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.