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Bijarim Forest: A short, shady, and beautiful forest path

Short, stroller friendly path through an ancient forest.

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The inner parts of Jeju are covered in forest, which means there are tons of tree-covered walks on the island. Bijarim Forest is one of the most popular, due to it being relatively short, close to some of Jeju’s biggest attractions, and on an accessible path that is suitable for wheelchairs and prams.

The forest itself is full of various types of vegetation. But the main attractions are the nutmeg trees, some of which are around 800 years old. The path itself totals just 3.3km, which while certainly not a long walk, is enough for you to get a feel of walking through a Jeju forest. It’s a good choice if you don’t have a ton of time to fit in a walk but still want to get a good feeling of Jeju’s nature.

How to get to Bijarim Foret

Bijarim Forest is located on the east side of Jeju island from a village called Pyeongdae. It’s also relatively close to Seongsan Ilchulbong, and you can drive there in around 30 minutes.

The forest is a bit further from Jeju City. Driving takes around 50 minutes from Jeju Bus Terminal, of course the exact time for your journey will depend on where you depart from. There’s a large car park when you arrive, and while it can get busy I’ve never not been able to find a spot in four trips to the forest.

There’s a direct bus from the terminal. Hop on the 810-1 to go straight to the forest in around 1 hour 10 minutes, or get the 110 express bus and then transfer to the 260. Find more details about bus routes on the apps Kakao Maps or Naver Maps.

A morning in Bijarim Forest

The entrance to the forest is right next to the car park. You’ll need to buy a ticket when you arrive. Prices are pretty cheap, as you can see in the image below, adults are KRW 3,000 and children are KRW 1,500 with group discounts available.

Bijarim price

The path starts with a walk from the car park to the forest entrance. This is a well-paved path, wide open with plenty of trees and nature on either side.

Bijarim entrance path

At the end of this path, you get to the start of the Bijarim Forest trail. The entrance is marked with a sign and some boards with information about the forest and the trail.

Bijarim forest entrance

As the image below shows, there are two trails at the forest. The A course is a loop that goes from the entrance to New Millenium Netmeg Tree and back, totalling 2.2 km. The B course is a further 1 km extension that starts towards the end of the A course and takes you around the forest and back to the New Millium Netmeg Tree.

The A course is the one that is designed to be suitable for strollers and wheelchairs. The B course is still an easy walk, but contains some stony sections which may be difficult for those on wheels.

Bijarim Map

The forest is a super easy walk. Case in point: I recently visited the forest with my mum, wife and our twin babies in a stroller.

We had no problems pushing the stroller around the trail and there were tons of other people who also had strollers on the path. We spent around an hour exploring the forest. Without a pram, you could easily finish the walk much faster if you were pushed for time.

Once in the forest, the path is clearly defined and stable throughout. It’s quite narrow at points and can be quite busy, so you have to take it at a relaxed pace especially at the start.

Look at the ground and you’ll notice that it is made up of red earth, which gets its color due to being made up of a red volcanic matter called Scoria. It makes the path quite distinctive, don’t wear white shoes like I did if you don’t want them to get some discoloration!

Bijarim path

Look to either side of the path and you’ll notice the thick and wild forest that Bijarim is situated in. There are many different kinds of trees and other vegetation. The last time I went was during fall. The large variety of trees meant there were some super colorful views brought about by the leaves changing.

Bijarim fall leaves

Towards the end of the path you come to the two main attractions in the forest. First is the Millenium Nutmeg Tree. This tree is thought to be around 800 years old and with a height of over 14 meters it is one of the largest trees in the forest. Take a look at the image below to see how it’s branches spread out through the surrounding area.

Bijarim millenium tree

The other main attraction is the Lovers Tree. This got it’s name due to it being two individual trees that have seemingly combined. You can see in the below image how the branches twist around each other.

Bijarim love tree

You’re on the final straight once you’ve seen those two trees. The last attraction of note is the Jeju-style volcanic rock wall that lines the final part of the path.

Bijarim wall

The path finishes at the same place as it started, so you can easily walk back to the forest’s car park.

Where to after visiting Bijarim Forest?

Sehwa VIllage

When we came to Bijarim Forest, our next stop was Sehwa—a small coastal village that’s just a 10 minute drive from the forest. The area is a big producer of carrots and we wanted to try some of its famous carrot cake, of which there are plenty of seaside cafes that sell it. Sehwa also has a small beach and is home to the Haenyeo Museum that’s dedicated to showcasing the history of the local divers.

Seongsan Ilchulbong

Seongsan Ilchulbong is around a 20-minute drive from Bijarim Forest. The dramatic volcanic tuff cone is arguably Jeju’s most popular attraction so well worth a visit. In fact, Bijarim forest is a nice stop to make on your way to or from Seongsan Ilchulbong from Jeju City.

Manjanggul Cave

Mangjangul Cave is around a 20-minute drive from Bijarim Forest. It’s the most accessible of all of Jeju’s lava tubes and you can walk around one kilometer into the cave. At the end is the world’s tallest lava column!

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Duncan Elder

Duncan first came to Jeju in 2011. The plan was to stay for six months. 11 years later, he's still here and enjoys sharing his knowledge of the island on Inside Jeju.