Situated in a most ideal setting, just 64 kilometers south of the
Korean Peninsula is Korea’s largest island, Jeju. Jeju is a magical
place known for 3 things: roaring winds, magnificent rocks, and
women, since there is a bigger population of women versus men. As
one of the host cities of the 2002 Korea/Japan FIFA World Cup, Jeju’s
Seogwipo City made the most charming places to host it.
Jeju is a focal point of international affairs and is able to offer
people many kinds of recreational activities with breathtaking vistas,
a temperate climate and a unique traditional culture. Located in
the center of this volcanic island is Mt. Hallasan (a dormant volcano),
which is filled with over 1,800 species of vegetation, scores of
deer, and an ecosystem that will surely amaze all.
offers unbelievably breathtaking views from coast to coast, ranging
from the waterfalls at Hae-anjidae to the naturally sculpted cliffs
at Jusang Jeolli. Tourists can enjoy each season in Jeju with a
particular splash of color; brilliant yellow-colored flowers in
the spring that spread across the landscape, the golden beaches
and sea vistas in the summertime, the Eulalia’s light brown wispy
reeds flowing in the autumn winds, and the lovely snow flowers of
Hallasan in winter are all must-sees of Jeju.
One can enjoy
these wonders of the world by hiking, bike riding, paragliding,
scuba diving, windsurfing, hunting, horseback riding, swimming,
and going on boat trips. Jeju also has a wide variety of native
foods such as the delicious Jeju tangerines and native dishes including
redtile fish stew, grilled and seasoned redtile fish, rice porridge
with abalone, pheasant dishes and hair-tail fish soup.
is more than simply a tourist destination; it is an island full
of wonder. Making the most of its charm and beauty to attract considerable
numbers of tourists and with its geo-political location, Jeju is
in the process of changing into an International Free City. Jeju
promises to be an island that rides the wave of technology while
still keeping true to its ecological treasures.
1,848.5㎢, Population: 567,913 people (statistics from 2010)