SECRETS OF JEJU, THE WORLD NATURAL HERITAGE SITE
For many Koreans, Jeju has long been the ideal place to spend their summer vacation or honeymoon. Tourism is the No.1 industry in the region and there are very good reasons for it. UNESCO has listed Jeju Island and its lava tubes as a World Natural Heritage. Various rare creatures still inhabit the tubes and tourists can experience what time can do to nature - odd-looking stalactites and pristine water.
is the highest mountain in South Korea and was also created through volcanic activity. It is classified as dormant and thrills hundreds of hikers. The eruption of Mt. Halla that took place approximately 25 thousand years ago created the Crater Lake, Baekrokdam, at the summit of the mountain. Mt. Halla rises at the center of Jeju Island, 1,950 m above sea level. The rest of the island slopes down from its summit and is covered with dark gray volcanic rocks and volcanic ash soil.
proves that Jeju was once an active volcanic area.
lava tubes bring fresh air to people who think Korea is over developed, as do original virgin forests from the Cenozoic Era.
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The whole island of Jeju is, on the other hand, a resort. There are many golf courses on the island, because the local government gave tax benefits to the owners, and more people are enjoying the mild weather and well-managed lawns. Joining hands with both European and American Professional Golf Association to host various tournaments for promotion, the number of golf lovers visiting the island jumped by 20 percent last year, according to the administration. Horseback riding, swimming, surfing, water skiing and other leisure activities are also available all over the island while a submarine allows tourists to see undersea life. Jeju is also a place to enjoy all seasonal fruits as well as some tropical ones. Pineapples, tangerine and banana farms welcome tourists to not only to buy the fruits but also to pick them. Tangerines, which were considered rare about 40 years ago, are now one of the most abundant cherished fruits there. Various products containing the fruit – from marmalade to chocolate, alcohol, perfume and others – gives a mouthwatering experience to tourists at local souvenir shops and duty free stores.
JEJU, THE ISLAND OF WORLD PEACE
Jeju is the place of peace talks in Northeast Asia and has taken the initiative to develop the Peace Practice Project by opening the Jeju Peace Forum and constructing the Jeju International Peace Center.
AN "INTERNATIONAL FREE CITY" LOOKING BRIGHTLY INTO THE FUTURE
Jeju Island is officially designated as the "International Free City" where the exchange of material resources and culture is given extensive freedom, and provided veritable wings to this island. It boasts a cultural, social and political activity system that promotes new ideas and polices that lead practices of active peace and state of enjoying freedom from all elements of threat.
DO YOU KNOW...?
- Jeju Island is 1,848.3 square-kilometers in area and has about 600,000 residents.
- Jeju marks an average 872.5 milliliters of annual rainfall, but Seogwipo City has 1,390.6 milliliters.
- Jeju is the far southern part of the Korean territory and its average temperature is 16.2 degrees Celsius, much higher than any other part of the country.
- Jeju Island is a volcanic island. Except for a very small amount of grasslands, the island is consisted of whinstone and other igneous rocks.
- Jeju is famous for specialized farming. With abundant sunshine, water and warm weather, tangerines, pineapples as well as other tropical fruits are grown. Rape flower, shiitake mushrooms and other specialties are grown too.
- Jeju is famous for ponies. When Mongolian troops invaded the island more than 1,000 years ago, they brought ponies with them. There is a proverb "Send your son to Seoul for studying and your horse to Jeju for training."
- Jeju has three"Abundant"s:rocks, women and water.
- Jeju has three "No"s: thieves, gates and beggars.
- Jeju has an unique dialect. It keeps the form of the old Korean language spoken more than six centuries ago.