Jocheon - Gimnyeong Olle
Jocheon Manse Dongsan to Gimnyeong Seopogu (West Port) Fishermen’s Welfare Center
Some people like the sea while others enjoy the mountains. However, regardless of the beauty of the sea or the mountains, people tend to become indifferent to it. Jeju Olle Trail route 19 begins from Jocheon Manse Dongsan(mound) in Jeju-si and extends eastward to Gimnyeong via Shinheung, Hamdeok, Bukchon and Dongbok. It offers the most beautiful and exciting sceneries in Jeju Island which include the sea, mountains, Gotjawal(forest), villages and fields. The transition of the view from the path to the fields and the sea presents a truly colorful sight. From the sea and the forests filled with fragrant pine trees to the interesting villages, the exciting sceneries are endless and appear just at the right moment.
The place was named as such because it was ‘a got(cape) in a corner of a road to Jocheon Pogu(port)’. The waves in this area are very strong that the place has been called Wuldolmok in Jeju Island and vessels traveling along the coast frequently capsized. This place is closest to the Land’s End Village in Haenam, located at the bottom of the Korean Peninsula.
Shinheung-ri White Sand Beach/Shinheung Beach
This is a wide white sand beach situated in Shinheung-ri village. During high tide, the water becomes very clear and transparent while during low tide, the water recedes and presents a truly magnificent view. The area is generally flat, which is ideal for different marine sports activities. However, the water becomes deeper during high tide to rise above the normal height of an adult.
In Shinheung-ri white sand beach, there are two towers that were constructed to prevent evil spirits. The Bangsa-tap(tower) protects the village. The tower located at the side of the cape end is called 'Odaridap', and the one inside is called 'Saengeedap'. The lower parts of the towers are submerged in water during high tide. These towers are designated as Jeju Province Monuments No. 8-10 and 8-11.
Hamdeok Seowoo-bong Beach
Beautiful beach with fine, white sand beach that extends out to the sea. Famous for its beautiful and clear water, and it is also equipped with various facilities, campgrounds and amenities.
Located in the vicinity of Hamdeok Beach, Seowoo-bong(peak) is considered a mountain of virtues because of its unique appearance that resembles a heavy water buffalo. At the northern peak stands a signal fire tower called Seosanmang 서산망 which exchanges signals with Wondangmang in Samyang and Ipsanmang in Gimnyeong. In the eastern shore, there are 21 caves excavated by the Japanese army. In 2003, the residents of Hamdeok-ri built the pathway to Seowoo-bong for over two years using only sickles and hoes.
Neobeunsoongee 4.3 Memorial Hall
Bukchon-ri is one of the villages severely damaged during the 4.3 Incident. On January 17, 1949, most of the houses were burnt down by soldiers and 350 residents were taken here to be killed. The massacre was carried out regardless of gender or age, and many children were killed as well. In front of the memorial hall is where the children were buried. So many people died at the same time that there was not enough time to bury them properly. This is a painful reminder of that time. In Bukchon-ri alone where there are 323 households, 479 persons from 207 households were killed during the 4.3 Incident.
Called Beoleojin Dongsan(mound) because it is a place with two separate villages or has a gap at the center. It is a beautiful region where trees grow abundantly. There is a wide empty land here made of hardened lava with old scenic paths.
This is an uninhabited island off the coastal waters of Bukchon-ri which is famous for its beautiful sunset. The island is shaped like a seal. The place has rich marine life and diverse species of fish, so fishermen frequently visit the area. During the 4.3 Incident, some residents of Bukchon-ri lock them up in Daryeo-do to protect themselves.
This lava cave was discovered on November 25, 1998 when farmlands were being cultivated. It is a 100m long, 3 to 10m wide and 1 to 2m high cave where interesting and beautiful formations are found: helictite produced by gases from solidified lava, lava toes formed by lava that flowed along the ground of the cave, stalagmites that grew from the ground and stalactites created by lava that fell from above the cave. Bukchon cave was recognized to have scientific value because of the various stages of lava formation it presented. Thus, it was acknowledged as a natural heritage to be preserved and was also designated as a Jeju Special Self-Governing Province Monument No. 53 that strictly prohibits access to the area.