Gwangchigi - Onpyeong Pogu Olle
Gwangchigi beach - Onpyeong pogu
This 17 kilometer route connects Gwangchigi Beach to a small beach in Onpyeong-ri. On the top of the Daesusan-bong(peak), walkers can enjoy wide views of the eastern coast line of Jeju Island. The route passes around a pond that has a special place in Jeju mythology. According to Samseong (the legend of the three progenitors) three gods (the founders of Jeju Island) brought three princesses down from heaven and married them. They had their wedding ceremony near the pond, so the pond was named Honinji (wedding pond).
The Ojo-ri Sea was frequently invaded by the Japanese since the Koryeo Dynasty. The assistant defender in charge of the area at the time gathered the residents to camouflage the oreum with high stacks of decoy rice rations for the army. The Japanese invaders observed this from ashore and were fooled by this strategy-they thought the oreum had a huge military build-up, hence never to venture to the area again. The oreum disguised with stacks of rice has since been called ‘Siksan-bong’ (meal peak). It is referred to as the Bawi(rock) Oreum as well, because there is a boulder that resembles a general on the top.
There is a stream that runs between two Oreums. The larger Oreum is called Daesusan-bong. At the very top, walkers can enjoy wide views of the east coast of Jeju Island.
Samseong (The legend of the three progenitors) is famous in Jeju mythology. The founders of Jeju Island brought three princesses down from a mythological land called “Byukrang-guk” and marred them. They had a wedding ceremony near this pond and so it was named Honin-Ji (Wedding Pond).
In the legend of the three progenitors, “Go”, “Yang” and “Bu” met the three princesses for the first time on this beach. When the princesses landed on Jeju Island, the yellow-colored sunset spread over the land and sea. The name Hwangrual means “yellow egg” and comes from this tale.