We made a promise to go on a trip with close friends. Even with the leaving date approaching so fast, it is still very difficult to find the right schedule.
You don't want to go just the same old landmarks everybody visits, but you also don't want to go some place completely new. It's not easy and it's too cumbersome.
It can be a common dilemma for many. For those who want to do something different but can't think of anything, Daily Jeju proudly presents, Sebyul Oreum.
Upon arriving at the parking lot, you will be surprised to find absolutely nothing. Well, not nothing. There's an old man selling churros from his truck. If you are very hungry, grab a churro stick, if not, let's continue. Like in any major tourist sites in Jeju, there are a lot of street vendors selling food. But Sebyul Oreum is different, as there is only one provider. You have two options: 1. To eat, 2. Or not to eat.
As you begin to ascend, the sophisticated and simple charm of Sebyul starts to show. In other hiking experiences, you are met with various ways to reach the top, like several possible trails. Sebyul only has one way to show its true self. Follow the hay-stacked road to the top.
After reaching the top and coming back down, you are back at the parking lot. You now have made a full circle around mountain. The trail is in a circular shape and you have two options: 1. Go to the left, 2. Or go to the right.
What a simple and straightforward travel destination, indeed.
But do not be so quick to assume Sebyul is any less equipped to welcome the guests. It's got all you need, almost.
Once you reach the top and see Hallasan and its neighboring Oreums, you know you are in nowhere but Jeju. Not only that, but turn around to see the farms and endless ocean that unravel before you. With a tripod or a selfie stick, you can take a picture of your lifetime to remember your time with friends in Jeju.
On your way back, there are free-range horses. They may not be running the field wildly like some scene from a movie, but some of them surely would be lying on the grass absolutely carefree.
You might be worried about the total time it takes to hike up and down the Oreum. But don't worry! The whole trip would take a whole hour at absolute at best. If you are extremely fit and have just too much excessive energy, it might only take you just 10 minutes to reach the top. For most people, it should take about 20 minutes.
Be intoxicated with what the nature has to offer for half an hour and have a picture-time for 10 to 15 minutes. So the actual hiking should only take about half an hour.
So put on your comfy shoes and let's go for a nice hike!
Sebyul Oreum (Overall :★★★)
Location : San 59-3, Bongseong-ri, Aewol-eup, Jeju-si, Jeju-do
The Oreum you can grab-and-go!
At the foot of the Oreum, you'll be taken aback by its magnificent grandeur but after your first step, you'll get to the top in 15 minutes. It sits on the Pyeonghwa-ro between Jeju-si and Seogwipo-si. So not a bad idea to drop by to Sebyul Oreum if you are driving.
Getting there by foot/public transportation : ★★
[Bus] 250-1(1 - 4) (Unjin Port)(Halla Hospital) → Get off at Eoeum2-ri Station
At the nearest bus station, you still have to walk about 1.5 km (or 1 mi). It is not an easy Oreum to get to by public transportation. If your budget allows it, let's take a cab!
Getting there by car : ★★★★★
It sits on the Pyeonghwa-ro between Jeju-si and Seogwipo-si which you can easily get to by car. The road to Oreum is well paved and the parking spaces are generous. If you are driving to Seogwipo-si, make a quick stop.
Difficulty : ★★★
Facing the parking lot and keep to your right, you'll be met with less strenuous path and on your left will have more strenuous path (You'll get some strenuousness regardless, but in case you need a piece of mind). But don't worry, with easy leisurely walking, you will reach the top in 15-20 minutes. The top of the Oreum has flat surfaces so walk around and enjoy the scenery. If you're lucky with the right weather, you might get a glimpse of Biyang Island.