Jeju is the biggest island in Korea, situated southwest of the Korean peninsula and in the north of the Southern Sea. It embraces 62 isles and has a total area of 1,825 sq. km. It is situated at 126 degrees and 08 minutes ~ 126 degrees and 58 minutes longitude east and 36 degrees 06 minutes ~ 33 degrees 00 minutes latitude north. Jeju is 452 km from Seoul and 301km from Busan. The island is located 989 km from Osaka, 1580 km from Tokyo, 499 km from Shanghai, China, and 1,030km-distance from Hong Kong.

Jeju is famous for 3 things: roaring winds, magnificent rocks, and woman divers for fishing. As one of the host cities of the 2002 Korea/Japan FIFA World Cup, Jeju's Seogwipo City has a fame of the most enchanting environment in Korea. Jeju is a focal point of international affairs and offers many kinds of recreation together with breathtaking vistas, a temperate climate and a unique traditional culture.

Located in the center of this volcanically formed island is Mt. Halla (a dormant volcano), which is filled with over 1,800 species of wild plants, wild deers, and an ecosystem, that will surely amaze all visitors.
Jeju also offers unbelievably breathtaking views from coast to coast, ranging from waterfalls at Haean Jidae to naturally sculpted cliffs at Jusang Jeolli. Tourists can enjoy each season in Jeju with a particular splash of color; brilliant yellow-colored flowers in spring that spread across the landscape, the golden beaches and sea vistas in summer, the Eulalia's light brown wispy reeds flowing in autumn winds, and the lovely snow flowers of Mt. Halla in winter are all must-sees of Jeju.

You can enjoy hiking, bike riding, paragliding, scuba diving, windsurfing, hunting, horseback riding, going swimming in the ocean, and sightseeing boat trips in Jeju. Jeju has a wide variety of local fruits and foods, such as delicious Jeju tangerines, saltwater fish (Okdom) stews, grilled saltwater fishes with seasoning, rice porridges with abalone, pheasant dishes and hair-tail fish soups. Jeju is more than simply a tourist destination; it is an island full of wonder. Jeju keeps changing itself into an International Free City, and becomes an island of harmony under the wave of technology while maintaining its ecological treasures.

Further detailed information is available at the website of http://welcome.jeju.go.kr

In June 2007, the volcanic island and lava tube cave systems were designated as UNESCO World Natural Heritage Sites for their natural beauty and geographical value. Jeju Island is not only Korea's most prestigious destination and top honeymoon location but it has been the venue for several political joint summit talks and other major international meetings.
Mt. Halla Natural Reserve, Geomunoreum Lava Tube System, Seongsan Ilchulbong Tuff Cone. Due to its breathtaking beauty, these three areas known as ‘Jeju Volcanic Island and Lava Tubes’ are selected unanimously by the World Heritage Committee as the first World Natural Heritage Site in South Korea.

Mt. Halla, the Highest Holy Mountain in South Korea Mt. Halla which rises 1,950m above sea level is the highest mountain in South Korea. Baengnokdam, the crater and lake located at the peak of Mt. Halla, and about 40 oreums, a beautiful sight of steep and fantastic rock cliffs are designated in 1966 and 1970 as Nature Monument and National Park respectively, and in 2002 designated as a bio-reserve area by UNESCO. As the peak of Mt. Halla is made of diverse volcanic characteristics, depending on the angle of one’s view, one can feel its uniqueness.

To the west of Baengnokdam crater, a steep shape formed by basalt lava of high viscosity is found and to the east, low viscosity basalt lava formed a gentle plateau. The south slope is so beautiful that it is captured in a folktale which states the story of immortals that played in the lake. Mt. Halla is also a mountain where fir tree forest is found which is unique of its kind in the world. At 1,400m above sea level an endemic species of cinder cones including pine trees are grown. It also possesses an outstanding biological research value in the study of cinder cones. Besides this at 1,700m, are distributed 39 different kinds of polar species which play very important part in the study of alpine life such as, Jeju weasel, Jeju salamander, women diver snake, etc., are seen in Mt. Halla. Well-endowed with natural resources of scientific values, Mt. Halla is a noted mountain worldwide.

9 Lava Tubes, Geomun Oreum Lava Tube System A fairy tale like story of basaltic lava that flew underneath the earth’s surface spewed out and formed deep caves, are found in Jeju. Geomun Oreum Lava Tube System which stretches from Jocheoneup to Hengwon-ri, was formed by the eruption of a rich basaltic Geomun Oreum volcano and is situated atop an elevation of 456m above sea level. It was formed between 100,000 to 300,000 years ago and has 9 caves altogether. Among them Bengdwigul, Manjanggul, Yongcheondonggul, Dangcheomuldonggul have been inscribed as National Nature Monument. As all the tubes are exceptionally magnificent and ancient, the condition of preservation is commendable.

Oreum of the Rising Sun, Seongsan Ilchulbong On the east coast of Jeju is situated the 182m Seongsan Ilchulbong which looks like a grand old castle. It was formed 5,000 years ago by an underwater eruption on the shallow sea bed. Especially the exquisite inner structure which looks like a bowl formed with crater and slope, excluding the North West side and the repeated process of eating away and depositing by waves, all joined together make a surpassing sight. With a background of sun rising in the east beyond the horizon, the beauty of Seongsan Ilchulbong is beyond words description. That is why many people gather in this place on New Year morning to see the sun rise. The fatal attraction of the vast sea beneath a steep cliff and the white bubbles made by blue waves are so beautiful that it stir up one for a moment a desire to plunge into the sea. In addition, it is also recognized worldwide as a base for researches in past volcano eruptions and under water volcanoes.

RELATED LINKS
- Jeju Tourism Organization: www.ijto.or.kr
- Jeju Special Self-Governing Province: english.jeju.go.kr
- Jeju Special Self-Governing Provincial Tourism Association: www.hijeju.or.kr/english

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