The Jeju Olle Trail is a 425km network of walking trails circumnavigating Jeju Island in South Korea. The trail is divided into 26 routes. Some people take around a month to complete a thru-hike, while others tackle a few routes here and there. Accommodation is easy to come by, but for a unique experience we reckon camping the Jeju Olle Trail is by far the best way to see the island.
Having walked the entire Olle Trail, we can safely say that many of our best Jeju memories are from our camp spots along the way. Fiery sunrises enjoyed in solitude. Waking to the sound of haenyeo diving right in front of our tent. Tranquil morning swims before the busloads of tourists arrived. Sipping peanut makgeolli under the stars. The list goes on.
Jeju is a hugely popular tourist destination, but we saw an altogether quieter side to it. That’s the beauty of camping, wild camping in particular. When the crowds have gone home, there’s nothing left but you and the island.