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Jeju Olle Trail was conceived by Myung-sook Suh, Founder&President of the Jeju Olle Foundation in September 2007. Dreaming of creating a “trail for walking slowly for travel” in her hometown Jeju after traveling Camino de Santiago in Spain, she was able to create Jeju Olle Trail with the help of many volunteers who shared her dream. With the Jeju Olle Foundation -- a non-profit organization that she founded -- as the center, many volunteers are devoted to managing Jeju Olle Trail and keeping it well.
Jeju Olle is the most representative trail in Korea (total distance 425km with 26routes) “Olle” [Ole] is the jeju word for a narrow pathway that is connected from the street to the front gate of a house. Hence, “Olle” is a path that comes out from a secret room to an open space and a gateway to the world. Jeju Olle Trail is becoming a trekking route that connects Jeju to the world and the world to Jeju. The birth of Jeju Olle Trail not only allowed Jeju to be reborn as a new tourist attraction leading the walking travel culture but also created a walking travel trend on a national scale.
If traveling famous tourist attractions by car is called the travel of dot, Jeju Olle Trail can be dubbed the travel of line that connects those dots. Through this travel of line, you can naturally communicate with Jeju’s beautiful nature, culture, and people, which you cannot do when you travel around like marking dots. Jeju Olle Trail offers genuine rest and happiness as well as the experience of healing to tourists through the aesthetics of slowness.