The following is a translated summary of a report from the local press. It has been edited for clarity, including the addition of links and information needed for readers unfamiliar with Jeju. — Ed.
Jeju Olle was honoured at a March 23 ceremony in Japan to commemorate the friendship between Jeju Olle and Shikoku Ohenro. Shikoku Ohenro is the pilgrimage route representing 1,200 years of Japan’s history and tradition, a 1,400-kilometer-trail passing through 88 temple sites along the Shikoku coast. Thirty people attended the ceremony which celebrated the friendship road between the two great routes. An imitation “gansae,” meaning pony in Jeju dialect, was placed at the starting point of Shikoku Ohenro signifying the relationship with Jeju Olle.
The agreement for the “friendship road” was finalized at the 2012 World Trail Conference held on Oct. 30 last year in Seogwipo City, said a Jeju Olle spokesperson. The 13th course of the Olle trail, between Yongsu and Jeoji, was designated to be the friendship road with Shikoku Ohenro.
The 2013 World Trail Conference will be held between Nov. 25 and 27 at the International Convention Center Jeju and will be co-sponsored by the Ministry of Knowledge Economy, Korea Institute for Advancement of Technology and the Jeju Institute of Local Business. The conference will be hosted by the Jeju Olle and Jeju island tourism associations. — Jeju Sori