I started in downtown Seogwipo (you can see a nice sunset at the seashore just next to downtown Seogwipo, trying to find Olle Route 6.
Of course, I wasn’t trying to do the full Olle 6 route, I was actually starting midway.
It took me quite a while to figure out where exactly the Olle route was, and I got confused quite a few times on the outskirts of Seogwipo (then again, I generally got confused in Seogwipo’s streets). There were several art installations along the way, as well as the delightful plant shown above.
It was around this point that I became confident that I was on the proper Olle route, and I stopped getting so disoriented.
I wasn’t able to see Hallasan every day I was in Seogwipo, but on this day Hallasan could be seen clearly (you can see Hallasan in the center of the map of Jeju Island).
And I finally got down to the coastline.
There were quite a few other people enjoying time by the rocks.
I vaguely remember going up a hill after this set of rocks, but my memories might be mixed up with something else.
And finally I reached a famous site – Oedolgae Rock.
To quote the Jeju Weekly:
According to one legend, General Choe-Yeong disguised the rock as an imposing military general to scare invading Mongols. The Mongols thought it was a monster and committed suicide rather than confront it, thus saving the island. For this reason, it is also known as the General Rock.
Furthermore, a scene in the popular K-drama Dae Jang Geum (a.k.a. Jewel in the Palace) was filmed here, and a Chinese tourist I talked to was very interested in this location because she’s a fan of the drama.
I found a monument to a clash between the Seogwipo police and … a North Korean infiltrator! Notes from a Korean Island presents the text from the monument.
I also found a mystery waterfall! Ha HA! Apparently Jeongbang Waterfall is not even the only waterfall on the south coast of Jeju which falls directly into the sea, let alone the only one in Asia.
So that was my trip along the coast just to the west of downtown Seogwipo.