Halla Dulle Trail is a 80km forest trail that surrounds the national forest of Hallasan National Park, which is 600m to 800m above sea level. It is an unpaved stone road that is off the beaten path, so travellers are advised to dress in the appropriate hiking gear and walk in groups.
Guidance on Hallasan Dulle-gil Trail Route 1 (Beopjeongsa Temple <-> Si Oreum Volcanic Cone)
Section 1 of the Hallasan Dulle-gil Trail extends 9km to the east from Seogwipo Recreational Forest to Donnaeko Valley. Beopjeongsa Temple, which served as the mecca of anti-Japanese movements during the Japanese Occupation, a station preserving the painful history of the Jeju 4.3 Incident, the lot of slash-and-burn farmers, a shiitake mushroom nursery, colonies of camellia trees and hinoki cypress, Beopjeongi Oreum Volcanic Cone, Eojeomi Oreum Volcanic Cone, Si Oreum Volcanic Cone, Sol Oreum Volcanic Cone, Gangjeongcheon Stream, Akgeuncheon Stream, and many more sites can be found in this section.
Route : 5.5km / 4 – 5 hours (Round trip) Departure: Si Oreum Volcanic Cone
Jeju-si : Use a shuttle intercity bus on Jeju – Seogwipo 1100 Road at Jeju Intercity Bus Terminal and get off at Seogwipo Natural Recreation Forest or Beopjeongsa Temple Entrance – Move 2km on foot
Seogwipo-si : Use shuttle intercity bus on Jeju – Seogwipo 1100 Road at Seogwipo Intercity Bus Terminal and get off at Seogwipo Natural Recreation Forest or Beopjeongsa Temple Entrance – Move 2km on foot
Guidance on Hallasan Dulle-gil Trail Route 2 (Georinsaseum Oreum Volcanic Cone <-> Dol Oreum Volcanic Cone)
It is a quiet forest path suitable for a leisurely stroll with family or friends. As Section 2 of the Hallasan Dulle-gil Trail is free of drastic inclines or declines, it is a path that even amateurs who are unused to walking can attempt.
Route : 5.6km / 4 – 5 hours (Round trip)
Departure : Opposite side of Seogwipo Natural Recreation Forest Entrance
Jeju-si : Use a shuttle intercity bus on Jeju – Seogwipo 1100 Road at Jeju Intercity Bus Terminal
Seogwipo-si : Use a shuttle intercity bus on Jeju – Seogwipo 1100 Road at Seogwipo Intercity Bus Terminal
A Travel Report of the Hallasan Dulle-gil Trail
The ‘Hallasan Dulle-gil Trail’ is a path that traverses across the circumference of Hallasan Mountain’s core, which is 600 ~ 800m above sea level.
Route 2 was once called Hachimaki Road (Byeongcham-ro (supply line)) during the Japanese Occupation, and referred to ‘a piece of cloth wrapped around the head.’ Like a headband or bandana, the path circled the circumference of Hallasan Mountain, so Japanese troops used it as a Byeongcham-ro (supply line) to plunder the thick forest, shiitake mushrooms, and more. It was also where the island’s residents sought refuge in during the Jeju 4.3 Incident. Though it once bore a painful history and traces of life, it has remained free of human interference since then. As such, the entire course is surrounded by a dense primeval forest.
‘Hallasan Dulle-gil Trail Route 2’ is a section that spans from ‘Georinsaseum Oreum Volcanic Cone to Dol Oreum Volcanic Cone.’ You can see a ‘sign’ from the entrance of the Seogwipo Recreational Forest.
The Sasa Quelpaertensis is a tree that possesses immense vitality and contains many sulfur components and saltiness within it. As such, it is believed to have astonishing effects when used to treat all sorts of incurable diseases.
Furthermore, flowers bloom on the Sasa Quelpaertensis once every few decades or centuries. As such, it is incredibly difficult to ever see the tree’s flowers. It is also said that once the flower blooms and bears fruit, the entire tree colony will wither and die. In the following year, the seeds will fall and sprout.
Both Route 1 and 2 of the trail have many streams that dry up during dry weather. During rainy weather, the flowing water may be dangerous. As such, tourists are advised to refrain from exploring the trail on days with rainfall.
Route 2 of the Hallasan Dulle-gil Trail was famous as a plantation for shiitake mushrooms until the 1980s. Furthermore, you can find wild roe deer that run around and inhabit Hallasan Mountain on the trail.
A Tip for Anyone Looking for the ‘Hallasan Dulle-gil Trail!’ tip
Hallasan Dulle-gil Trail is located on a high grand of at least 600m - 800m above sea level. The ‘Dol Oreum Volcanic Cone’ is located even higher up at 1200m above sea level. As such, the temperature in this region is around 4 degrees lower than that of other regions in Jejudo Island. Therefore, it is highly advised that you discard the notion that you’ll end up sweating while walking and instead pack some heavy clothes.
Please make sure to put on your hiking boots. Unlike the other forest trails of Jejudo Island, this trail remains in its natural state and will often have you walking on soil and stones. In order to prevent any injuries from a wrong step, it is highly advised that you wear hiking boots.
Please stay away from ‘dry streams’ during rainy days, as the rain will cause them to overflow.
Many wild animals feed on this trail. Please do not threaten or hurt the wild animals in any way, and enjoy exploring the trail alongside them.
When walking deep into the mountains, you will be free of any noises from cars, the voices of people, or the combination of all sorts of sounds. You will simply be able to feel nature itself in every nook and cranny of your body as you listen to the sounds of birds, trees, and wild animals from within the mountain.
The forest trail is measured not by speed but depth. It is free of human influence. You are invited to the Hallasan Dulle-gil Trail, where you can enter the depths of an all-natural primeval forest.