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Coronavirus Prompts Young Koreans to Challenge Jeju Olle Trail

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JEJU, Jan. 29 (Korea Bizwire)A growing number of people are visiting Olle Trail on South Korea’s largest tourist island of Jeju to overcome the so-called ‘corona blues,’ a series of depressive symptoms caused by the prolonged coronavirus pandemic.

The Jeju Olle Foundation, which operates the Olle Trail, reported Thursday a 71.1 percent increase (2,788 people) in the number of visitors who have completed the 26 sections of the Jeju Olle Trail over the last 12 months.

The proportion of younger Koreans between 20 and 30 years of age has grown significantly, surging by a whopping 101.1 percent from 2019 (268 people) to 2020 (539 people).

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The foundation conducted a survey of 115 people in their 20s and 30s who have completed the entire Jeju Olle Trail, 64.3 percent of whom said that the sense of accomplishment was the primary reason for taking up the challenge.

The coronavirus has also driven the increase in the number of younger participants completing the trail, providing them with more time and opportunity to visit Jeju Island.

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