'Gotjawal' Saryeoni Forest Path

saryeoni-forest-pathVarious tree species can be found in Saryeoni's 'gotjawal' forest

Saryeoni Forest Path

Saryeoni Forest Path is among the top and famous trails for hikers who love healing and union with nature and forests. Saryeoni is located in Southeastern Jeju on Jeju Island, South Korea.

Saryeoni Forest is a 'gotjawal' forest. A gotjawal forest is thought to be a forest in rocky areas with specific plants living in its ecosystem, and that the rain penetrates to the groundwater aquifer.

Specifically, you can find the gotjawal forests on the northern and southern parts of the island.

Some of the essential features that identify gotjawal are the following...

  • The temperature of the forest is constant all year round. This could be due to the lava rock that made up the ground of the forest area;
  • the porous ground composed by the lava rock functions like a lung of the forest; and
  • the porous ground absorbs water and evaporates moisture for the trees to intake.


Such exciting features of a gotjawal make them attractive to hikers--cool during summer and relatively warm in the winter (usually there's no snow in gotjawal forest areas).

saryeoni-forestA tree growing on the ground covered with lava rocks that support their growth in this 'gotjawal' forest

More Exciting Features

Saryeoni Forest is relatively high on the slopes of Hallasan Mountain. It is where you can observe and enjoy the famous Hallasan bamboos amidst the gotjawal trees.

The trail at Saryeoni Forest is a narrow road through which small cars could pass through.

It is an easy path and could only take around 3 hours from one end to the other end of the trail. Most hikers walk the trail up to the bridge and the pagoda before heading back.

From the entrance area to the bridge, around 20 minutes is all you need to accomplish the hike.

Saryeoni Forest Path is a great hiking trail that begins at Bijarim-ro and stretches toward Mulchat Oreum Volcanic Cone and Saryeoni Oreum Volcanic Cone.

You can see the think Japanese cedar trees as you start from the National Road 1112.  You will also find various species of trees, including Konara Oak, Red-leaf Hornbeam, Japanese Snowbell, Hinoki Cypress, and more.

The height of the mountain is only 550 meters. The various tree species provide the natural beauty of the area besides being untouched by humans.

saryeoni-forest-pathThis is one of the features of the trails you can access when hiking here

Suggested Trail

The following points compose the main trail when hiking Saryeoni Forest Path.

  • Chamggot Forest- Children fo Saewatnae (Children of the Forest) - Dream Forest - Walden (Forest of cure and meditation) - Hornbeam Forest - Bedrock Bath - Deobureo Forest - Japanese Cedar Forest - Saryeoni Oreum

Useful Information

Below is the contact, time, address, and other information you need to know before deciding to visit it.

Address: 3147-2 Sinheung-ri, Jochon-eup, Jeju-si, Jeju-do, South Korea
Phone: +82-64-710-6762
Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday: 9 AM to 6 PM09:00 ~ 18:00
Entrance Fee: Free

1330 Travel Hotline: +82-2-1330 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
Further Information Contact Number: +82-64--900-8800

Parking facilities are available.
Saryeoni Forest Path is accessible all year round. The scale of the path is approximately 15 kilometers.

Getting to Saryeoni Forest Path

You can quickly get there by taking public transportation or renting a car, motorbike or bicycle.

By Bus
If you are coming from Jeju International Airport, take the bus 131 and get off at Bulgeon Oreum Bus Stop. From the stop, the entrance to the path is about 60 meters.

By Taxi
Yes, you will get there quickly. It is more economical if you take it with a friend or any traveler or hiking buddy. Besides, taking a taxi cab in Korea is inexpensive compared to other cities in the world.

I hope you like this page and find it useful. Please, enjoy your travels wherever you decide to explore!

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