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The beach has the most beautiful watercolor in Jeju. Geumneung Beach is right next to Hyeopjae Beach. Both beaches shines silver in the sun with shells mixed in their sands. The watercolor is astonishing. Beacause both are not too deep nor too steep, the beaches are the perfect destinations for children to swim. In 2007, the Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries designated Hyeopjae Beach as Excellent Beach.
Wollyeong Coast to Hallim-hang(harbor), Biyang-do(island) is in the sight. It is very intriguing to get an all-round view of the lovely island. Biyang-do is a volcanic island that exploded in 1002 (King Mokjong's 5th year, Koryo Dynasty). It is the youngest among all volcanic islands in Jeju. Coral reefs are famous, and there are lots of fish. It is the only place in Korea where Biyang Tree grows. The trees grow inside the crater of Biyang-bong(peak).
‘Osirokhun’ means cozy in Jeju dialect. It is 'Osirok' to walk in the field, so Jeju Olle has named the pathway a Osirokhun Farm Road.
The old name for Ongpo-pogu(port) is 'Dokgae'. 'Dok' means a jar in Jeju dialect. It is the battlefield for the resistance of Sambyulcho(the special capital defense unit) and Mokho's Uprising. In 1270 (King Wonjong's 11th year, Koryo Dynasty), General Lee Moonkyung led the brunt of Sambyulcho and landed here. They won against Koryo's royal forces and took over Jeju for the first time. In 1374 (King Gongmin's 23rd year, Koryo Dynasty), General Choi Young led 314 ships and 25,000 men to the land and drove out the 3,000 Mongolian Mokhos.
Wollyeong-ri is the only natural habitat for cactus in Korea, and is designated as Natural Monument #429. You may see the habitat the pathway with wooden-deck. Residents in Wollyeong-ri used to plant cactus on stonewall to prevent a snake or rat entering the house. In May and June, yellow flowers bloom and magenta fruits open November to March.
There are lots of big pine trees along the forest pathway. It was named by Jeju Olle during trail exploration. ‘Keun’ means big and ‘Nang’ means tree in Jeju dialect.
The Haenyeo Bean is four to five centimeters long and looks alike kidney bean. Still, it has poison and is undoubtedly not edible. Haenyeos ate it when they were in unwanted pregnancy because they cannot discontinue fishing and some of them even lost lives. In Korea, the rabbit island in Jeju is known to be the only habitat for Haenyeo Beans and the habitat were first found by the Jeju Olle Survey Team.
It is the hometown of Dol-harubang, ‘Stone Grandpa’. Geumneung Stone Garden in Geumneung-ri, Hallim-eup is the workplace and also exhibition center of the father of Dol-harubang, stone handicraft master Jang Gongik. Master Jang was good at treating stones childhood. He first made Dol-harubang with pumice and later on with Jeju basalt for 55 years. In the outdoor exhibition area, there are Dol-harubang and also the various statues Haenyeo to black pig.
Hallim-hang(harbor) has long been the main gate to the central coast in the Northwest Jeju. Because the port is close to the fisheries in East China Sea which is west to Jeju, it was used as the fishing base for the Japanese during colonization. Near the end of colonization, the facilities were destroyed harshly by bombings but were restored. The harbor become a natural shelter because Biyang-do(island) on the north of Hallim-hang(harbor) played role as a seawall.