We attempted the Jeju Olle Route 1. Best decision ever. Nothing very much compares to the way nature showcases its beauty in your presence.
Our journey to Jeju was slightly arduous, but it was all worth it, eventually.
Arriving in Jeju from Gwangju
From the Nongseong (농성) Bus Terminal, we walked about 15 min to the Nongseong Metro where we bought a ticket (1200 won) to the airport. The ride to the Airport Station is about 15 mins. From there, walk another 10 to 15 mins to reach Gwangju Airport.
My memory is fuzzy now, but according to my notes, the details of my journey to the Nongseong Metro are as such:
Go through exit 6 of Shinsaegae (신세계) department store, go in the direction of the e-mart at Geumho building. Cross the road at g25 convenience shop, continue straight for another 5 to 10 min before arriving at Nongseong Metro Station. Add time if lugging luggage.
My first day in Jeju.
It felt like I was stepping into a postcard.
I remember this day. We walked a 2.4km slightly-uphill slope to the start of the 3.7km Yeongsil 영실 mountain trail. We made a new Korean friend who hiked and dinnered with us. We didn’t see the pink azalea flowers we set out to see; perhaps they have withered under the heat.
We walked another 6.1km to get down, and we had very sore feet after the hike.
I crave to return.
The mountains are calling and I must go.
– John Muir
(Jeju-do, South Korea)
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