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Hallim - Gonae Olle
Hallim-hang to Gonae pogu
The trail starts to turn back towards the water. Jeju Olle Trail route 15 begins at the sea in Hallim, and passes through the villages, farmlands and oreums(small inactive volcano) on the land, back to the sea in Gonae. Glorious scenery unfolds at the Hallim-hang(harbor), with seagulls and wild geese spread out on the sea to your left. They are as close as the flock of pigeons in an inner city park. The wooden statue carved into the shape of a seagull, and the flocks of seagulls lingering around the post create a strangely pleasant sculpture. The trail fades away from the waters as soon as you pass Hansu-ri. This marks the beginning of the Maeul Olle(paths in village). An unfrequented village appears, followed by evergreen fields with small ponds, two oreums and a hidden warm-temperate forest. You may anticipate where the road will take you next. The scenery only gets better as you progress through the trail. The blue sea sparsly appears on the fields or oreums. The pathway attached to the sea releases its energy upon the arrival at the Gonaepogu(port). It is the end of route 15. The red sunset seen by the trees near Baeyeomgol trail is a gift for those who have endured the long journey.
It is a pond on a bedrock, some exceeding 1m in depth. A house was built with the clay dugged up from this spot, and a pond formed naturally. Popular among the local residents to view the swallows playing by the pond.
Beodeulmot Nong-ro(farm road)
A pond that used to be surrounded by willow trees, it was designated as the top 10 sceneries in Gwakji-ri for the beautiful ducklings playing in the pond.
Crape myrtles bloom red flowers throughout the summer season. It grows well in sun, and is often planted near graves, because the roots are shallow. You can encounter the grave guards, Baekilhong on this trail. It is also called the Ganjeurum Namu (tickle tree) because the leaves move when you scratch the tree bark.
It is a forest path where you can see the pigs raised by the local livestock breeders. They are domesticated pigs, harmless to humans, so there is no need for worries when approaching them. Remember though, that you cannot feed them any food.
The warm-temperate wild plants form a forest at the Geumsan Park, adjacent to the Napeup Elementary School. Silver Magnolia, Japanese Cinnamon, Aucuba, Blue Japanese Oak, Japanese Coral Tree, and Camellias form an evergreen forest even during the winter seasons. It is a rare evergreen forest on flatland, and is designated the 375th Natural Monument because of its scholastic value despite its simple tree makeup. It is a place where the aristocrats of the island wrote poems or exchanged friendly conversations, as it is an ideal place for the tired souls under a cool tree in summers, and the warm forest in winters.
It is an altar located in Napeup-ri, inside the warm temperate forests of the Geumsan Park. Napeup-ri is a traditional Confucian village and the sacrifice is done according to the Confucian laws. The Pojedan enshrines three gods, the Posinjiwi, Tosinjiwi and the Seosinjiwi. The Posin guards the people from disaster, Tosin is a guardian of the villege, and Seosin protects the people from chicken pox or measles. An annual sacrifice is given every January on the lunar calendar.
Haga-ri stone walls and Yeonhwa-mot
Haga-ri is a village located to the right of the main roads down the Gonae-bong(peak). Although it is not part of the trail, it is recommended for a tour if time permits. All houses in the village restored to its traditional look by replacing their fences with old stone walls. Yeonhwa-mot(pond), the largest pond in Jeju, is located at the center of the village. The width of the pond is as big as 12,200 square meters, filled with beautiful lotus in the summer. According to the records from the Koryeo Chungryeolwang Period(1275~1309), a band of robbers (recorded as powerful family in others) resided in the middle of the pond at a tile house shaped like a whale, and depredated the village people. The royal forces arrested the robbers and performed numerous repairs to the pond in the mid 17th century to form what we have today. When building the gazebo located in the middle of the Yeonhwa-mot, lumbar and rooftiles possibly from the Koryeo Dynasty have been found in the mud.
It is an oreum(small inactive volcano) located to the southeast of Gonae-ri. While the height is not high, it covers the view or Mt.Halla-san, and the village became one of the few spots in Jeju where Mt.Halla-san is not visible. It takes about 20 minutes to the top by foot. There is exercise equipments installed near the top, so that you may exercise while grasping the magnificent open view of Mt.Halla-san. While it’s not visible within the village because of the Gonae-bong, climibing the peak is essentially the best gym you will ever visit. Gonae-bong takes its name after the name of the village, and has also been called Goni Oreum, or Gono Oreum.
The Hwanhaejangseong is a stone castle built in 300-ri(unit of distance) along the coastline of Jeju during the Koryeo Dynasty. It served to defend against the foreign invasions up until the end of Koryeo Dynasty. There are 10 areas where the castle forms are currently well preserved, including Aewol, Onpyeong, Sinsan, Gonheul, Byeoldo, Samyang, Bukchon, Dongbok, Haengwon, and Handong. The Hwanhaejangseong is divided into the spacious main castle and the condensed accessory castle. There are shortcuts inside the castle where soldiers were able to quickly transport, and the sites for waterways and gates of the castle have been confirmed.