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Real Jeju<Hallasan Mountain Snowflake Hiking>

The Hallasan trail is covered with pure white snow, signaling the onset of winter. Crump crump, if you carefully take one step at a time, you will come across a beautiful rock cliff, crows flying through the snowy meadow, and a noble Christmas tree, Korean fir covered in white snow. Let's stroll across the old scenery of Jeju that is revealed through the pure white snow.

Where are the best places to go in Jeju during winter<Hallasan Mountain>


The beauty of Hallasan Mountain grows deeper as the temperature drops and more snow falls. The Sanggodae embracing the thick snow and tree branches, the deep blue sky and the pure white snow field present a pristine white scenery.


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There are currently 7 Hallasan Mountain courses. Among them, the Seongpanak trail and Gwaneumsa trail can reach Baeknokdam, the peak, and the Eorimok trail and Yeongsil trail reach Witse Oreum Shelter and Nambyeok Junction, which are located lower than Baeknokdam. Yeongsil course is approximately 5.8 km to the Nambyeok Junction, and since most of the landscape is flat but the Yeongsil crater ridge is steep, it is enjoyable to climb up and down.


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리얼제주 <한라산 눈꽃여행>


The width of the trail narrows and it becomes challenging to see the railings during the winter when the snow is piled up to the height of an adult's knees, so you must tread carefully at all times.


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Endearing points of the snow-covered Yeongsil course<Youngsil Ink Painting> infusing sacred energy


The Yeongsil course is lined with open mountain ranges, grand rocky cliffs, and Byeongpung-bawi, providing three-dimensional scenery in each section. In particular, Yeongsilgiam, which is a rock cliff, is so beautiful that it is listed as one of the 10 scenic  views of Yeongju.


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According Korean legend, Yeongsilgiam is also referred to as 'Obaek-janggun (five hundred generals)' or 'Obaek-nahan (five hundred arhats),’ and the sharp peaks are said to reflect the 499 brothers who turned into the stones here. The scenery of dusky fog over the snow on Yeongsilgiam is like a living, breathing ink painting. It is truly Yeongsil-like appearance, which means 'the room of the spirit'. If you turn around and gaze below, you will find large and small oreums here and there, adding to the ecstasy.


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리얼제주 <한라산 눈꽃여행>


‘Seonjakjiwat,’ which means a field with small stones, is a plain area from the upper part of Yeongsilgiam to Witse Oreum, where you can take a walk in the snowfield.


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Living in Hallasan Mountain<Wilson and Friends>


Crows can be found in great numbers on Hallasan Mountain. About 1,000 large-beaked crows are present. Hallasan Mountain frequent climbers refer to the crow as 'Wilson.' They live in groups of dozens in places such as Witse Oreum and wander around hikers in search of food.

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It is a clever, omnivorous bird that will pick up leftover food that people have thrown away or use its beak to peck into bags in search of something to eat. There are also small mammals such as weasels, badgers, and roe deer.


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리얼제주 <한라산 눈꽃여행>


You can infer a roe deer from the small, round footprints on the piled snow, and you can spot a badger busily coming and going under the wooden deck of Witse Oreum or Baekrokdam.

 

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The home of the Christmas treeHallasan Mountain <Korean Fir>


After passing 1,500m above sea level, familiar trees can be seen everywhere. The most widely used Christmas tree in the world is the fir tree. Hallasan Mountain is the birthplace of the Korean fir. They are also scattered throughout Jirisan Mountain and Deogyusan Mountain, and Hallasan Mountain forms the world's largest fir tree forest. How did Korean fir, native to Korea, end up being welcomed to Christmas of the western culture?


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The first discovery of the Korean fir was made and reported to academia by Father Émile Taquet, who was appointed to the Hongro Catholic Church in Jeju. In 1908, he first discovered the habitat of Jeju’s Prunus × nudiflora trees at 600m above sea level on Hallasan Mountain. Also, in 1911, he brought Jeju’s first improved species, the Onju Tangerine Tree, from Father Pori in Japan, making remarkable achievements in collecting Jeju plants. The Korean fir was discovered at a height of 1,400m above sea level on Hallasan Mountain in 1907 by Father Émile Taquet and Father Pori, who was assigned to a Catholic church in Japan. Academia at the time thought of Korean fir as a subspecies of Pinophyta or Abies, but American botanist Wilson disclosed in 1920 that it was a new species, and it quickly gained international recognition.


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It is regarded as one of the resources that helped Hallasan Mountain be designated as a UNESCO World Natural Heritage. As a result of moisture stress brought on by factors like climate change, heavy rains, strong winds, and water stress, they are currently collapsing tragically as they die collectively. A researcher at the National Institute of Forest Science Warm Zone and Subtropical Forest Research Institute claims that Korean fir does not root deep down and has a habit of extending to the side, and it is easily repeatedely overtaken by heavy rain and strong winds.

Snow Hill under Baekrokdam<Witse Oreum>


It is called Witse (three tops) Oreum because, there are three oreums in a row at the top: ‘Bulgeun Oreum’ placed between the Witse Oreum Rest Stop and Baeknokdam, ‘Nuun Oreum’ located in the direction of the rest stop and Yeongsil course, ‘Jokeun Oreum’, an observatory overlooking Min Oreum and the southeast wall of Baeknokdam.


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Although Baeknokdam cannot be reached, you can still admire its east and south walls. It provides a clear snow hill in the winter and is 1,700 meters above sea level.

 

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Yeongsil Course Snowflake Hiking <Check Points for Hallasan Mountain>
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① The early bird catches a parking lot space at the entrance of the trail

There are a total of two parking lots at the Yeongsil course, and the distance from the Yeongsil Ticket Office parking lot to the entrance to the trail above is 2.5km, and it takes about 40 minutes by walk. Due to the limited parking space, the parking lot at the trail entrance is often full in the early morning. If you are moving by your own car, planning your hiking time and physical capacity ahead is a smart idea.

 

② Hallasan winter companion crampons

Crampons are chain-type walking aids that are used on grounds mixed with icy roads, compacted snow, and rocks. The Hallasan National Park Management Office does not allow hiking unless you are equipped with safety gears such as crampons in winter when there is a lot of snow, so be sure to prepare yourself.

 

③ Hallasan Mountain Yeongsil Course Information

- Course: Yeongsil Rest Stop → Yeongsil Valley → Byeongpung-bawi Peak → Witse Oreum Shelter → Nambyeok Junction

- Snack bar: Yeongsil Rest Stop (simple snacks, drinking water, and hiking equipment such as crampons can be purchased)

- Restrooms: Yeongsil Management Office, Yeongsil Rest Stop, Witse Oreum Shelter

- Transportation: Take intercity bus 240 from Jeju City Intercity Bus Terminal to Jungmun (Road 1100) (50 minutes)

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*Jeju Bus Information System: http://bus.jeju.go.en

*It takes 40 minutes by walk from the Yeongsil Ticket Office to the entrance of the Yeongsil Trail.

 

 

▶ Address San 1, Dosun-dong, Seogwipo-si, Jeju (Yeongsil entrance parking lot of Hallasan Mountain)

▶ Inquiries 064-713-9950~1 (Hallasan National Park Management Office), 064-747-9950 (Yeongsil Branch Office)


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