You might be wondering what Gotjawal is by now if you happened to see the title of the post. ‘Gotjawal Forest’ refers to the forest which was naturally formed on the middle slopes of Halla Mountain. Numerous ‘Gotjawals’ can be found around the Halla Mountain in Jeju Island and Gotjawal Hwansang Forest is one of them, famous for its beauty despite its small size. Hwansang(幻想-환상) has the meaning of ‘illusion’, ‘fantasy’ and ‘out of this world’. Gotjawal Hwansang Forest Trail is less than 1km-long, but with the guidance given, it takes about 50 minutes. (Note-guidance is only given in Korean)
Since I was a local, I knew most of the explanations given by the guide. Therefore I skipped the guidance given by the guide. However, the information would be useful for Koreans who want to know more about the heritage of the forest more deeply.
Gotjawal Hwansang Forest is a tourist attraction that could be visited shortly on the way to the southwest coast. The whole trip inside the Gotjawal Hwansang Forest takes less than an hour, so come visit the forest on your way to somewhere else. Worth the money, if you haven’t been to forest much for a while 🙂