Hiking Jeju Olle Trail #10 | Jeju, South Korea

Hiking Jeju Olle Trail #10

Jeju is a beautiful island south of the Korean Peninsula and is a huge tourist destination known for it’s beautiful beaches and many volcanic features.

There are also tons of restaurants, places to stay, and things to do that make it a perfect vacation getaway.

In this post, I’ll tell you a bit about the Olle Trails on the island and specifically the Trail #10 which goes from Hwasun to Moseulpo

Beautiful Views along the Jeju Olle Trail
Beautiful Views along the Jeju Olle Trail

What are the Jeju Olle Trails

The Jeju Olle Trails are a series of paths that circumnavigate the whole island. As of 2017 there are 21 trails around the island and islands surrounding Jeju. In fact, if you have enough time, you could spend a whole vacation just walking around the island.

The great thing about these trails is that they are split up into nice daily chunks of about 4-5 hours hiking each section. If you want, you can do two in one day and cover more distance or just do one a day and enjoy the starting and stopping points along the way.

Jeju Olle Trail cutting through a field
Jeju Olle Trail cutting through a field

Also, along each trail there are more than enough accommodations and food eating places that you don’t have to carry too much to do this long distance trail. On top of this, the public transportation is good enough on Jeju that you also don’t need to worry about how to get to the starting or stopping point of any of these trails because most of the time you are near the main ring road of Jeju that has plenty of public buses.

Once you are on the route, it’s not very difficult to find your way as the paths are marked with a various symbols indicating that you are on the Olle Trail. Also, you are never very far from other people or civilization, so you can easily ask someone nearby if you get lost.

Jeju Olle Trail #10

Total Distance: 17.5km
Time Needed: 4-5 hours
Difficulty: Medium
Starting Point: Hwasun Beach Olle Information Center

How to get to Hwasun Beach

Hwasun Beach Jeju Information Center is located at Hwasun Beach (화순해수욕장) in the SouthWest part of the island. Its pretty easy to get to by public transporation.

To get there by bus, you can take the #150-2 or #250-1 from Jeju Intercity Bus Terminal and get off at Hwasun Transfer Station. From the transfer station, just walk around 800m to reach Hwasun Beach. You can see its location on the map below:


Attractions on Jeju Olle Trail #10

Hwasun Beach

This being at the start of the trail, it’s the first beach you will see when beginning your hike. It’s full name is Hwasun Golden Sand Beach, and it has the name for a reason as when the weather is good and sunny, the sand takes on a beautiful golden hue. You have great views here of Sanbangsan (a volcanic oreum) and the sand is soft and great for playing in.

View near Hwasun Beach looking towards Sanbangsan
View near Hwasun Beach looking towards Sanbangsan

Gapado and Marado Viewpoint

Not too far from Hwasun Beach, you will come upon a beautiful viewpoint looking towards the islands of Gapado and Marado. These islands are some of the most southerly islands in South Korea and offer their own charms.

Views towards Gapado and Marado Islands
Views towards Gapado and Marado Islands

On Gapado, you can find the Olle 10-1 Trail which is a 5km course around the island highlighting some of its beauty, and on Marado you can enjoy being on the southern most island in South Korea and has a beautiful lighthouse you can enjoy.

Songaksan

Ocean views from Songaksan
Ocean views from Songaksan

After the viewpoint above, the next major attraction is Songaksan. This is one of Jeju’s famous oreum’s, also known as volcanic cones. This one has a 250 foot deep crater from its highest point and the views from the mountain are spectacular looking out over the blue ocean.

Cliffs near Songaksan
Cliffs near Songaksan

The hike up Songaksan isn’t too difficult, and the views along the way truly make it worthwhile. From the mountain, you can also get some views back towards Sanbangsan and even Hallasan on clear days.

Views towards Sanbangsan and Hallasan from Songaksan
Views towards Sanbangsan and Hallasan from Songaksan

Altteureu Airfield

Nearing the end of the Jeju Olle 10 Trail, you will walk near the Altteureu Airfield. This is a remnant of a Japanese Airfield that was used during the Japanese Occupation of Korea.

Alttereu Airfield
Alttereu Airfield

The remnants left over are scattered about various cabbage and potato fields. You are allowed to explore and see what’s left in this area.

Cabbage fields on the Jeju Olle 10 Trail
Cabbage fields on the Jeju Olle Trail 10

Hamo Beach

Very close to the end of the Jeju Olle 10 trail, you will find Hamo Beach. Near to Moseulpo, which is a harbour and the end of the trail is this soft sand beach with beautiful waters. It’s nice just to spend some time here, enjoy the clean air, and admire the scenery. From here it’s just another 10-20 minute walk to reach the end of the hike.

View from Hamo Beach
View from Hamo Beach

Where to Stay for Jeju Olle #10 Trail

Places to Stay in Hwasun Beach

Use the form below to look up hotels and accommodations in Hwasun Beach:

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Places to Stay in Moseulpo

Use the form below to look up hotels and accommodations in Moseulpo:

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I hope you found this article helpful in your planning for the Jeju Olle Trail 10. It’s a beautiful trail and I think one of the best Jeju Olle Trails on the island as it has such beautiful views along the way. With over 20 other traisl though, there is plenty of variety on the Olle Trails and something for everyone. So I recommend if you find yourself on Jeju Island, to definitely spend a few hours and tackle one of these trails.

If you have any other questions or comments, please let us know below!

Michael Mellinger

Having traveled to over 50 countries, travel is in my blood. When not working, I love to take trips to the countryside in Korea or go to other countries to experience the culture and sights. Travel enriches so much of our lives and hope to promote travel through my posts.

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