Jeju Island, located southwest of the Korean Peninsula, is surrounded by sea on all sides and enjoys mild oceanic climate throughout the year. With a population of 562,000, Jeju Island is the largest island of the Korea Republic and stretches over 1,848 square kilometres and is well known for its abundance of scenic natural wonders and cobalt blue sea. The island is the world’s first recipient of UNESCO’s triple crowns in the fields of nature and science – Biosphere Reserve (2002), World Natural Heritage (2007) and World Geoparks (2010).
To travel to Jeju Island is akin to travelling back in time. The island’s well-preserved natural environment and rich cultural heritage has won the hearts of visitors. Located at the center of the Jeju Island, the biosphere reserve comprises the Hallasan National Park that features Mount Hallasan with a summit at 1,950 meter altitude, two streams connected to the central part of the island and the surrounding areas. Mount Hallasan, a core area of the biosphere, is a shield volcano formed from an accumulation of basaltic lava flows and boasts exquisite landscapes due to its varied volcanic topography and vegetation distribution.
Other popular natural wonders at Jeju Island include the Seongsanilchubong Sunrise Peak, a rare form of volcano brought about by underwater hydro-volcanic eruptions. The summit crater resembles an ancient giant castle, offering a captivating and breathtaking view at every sunrise, hence the name ‘Sunrise Peak’.
Jeju Island is also known for haenyo, literally meaning ‘sea women’. Haenyo refers to female divers who make their living gathering shellfish, seaweed and other sea produce and selling them for a living. Today, haenyeos play the role of guardians of the sea and the ocean’s ecological environment by establishing initiatives to preserve marine resources.
Jeju Island also offers a range of world-class infrastructure and facilities for business events.
For more information on Jeju Island, please visit http://english.jeju.go.kr.