Jeju Island: A gift from God that shines future’s hope beautifully
Korea, the Land of Morning Calm, is a truly remarkable place. There are so many things to see and do in Korea that you are sure to find an attraction that is the perfect match for your requirements. Korea’s rugged mountainous terrain and hundreds of miles of coastline provide unlimited scenic beauty and opportunities for outdoor activities throughout the year. But scenic wonders are not the only attraction of Korea. Evidence of Korea’s unique 5,000-year-old history and culture can be found everywhere. Every city and village has their share of traditional festivals that preserve the old ways of life, but updated to cater to the comforts of foreign visitors. The unique Korean cuisine has flavors sure to please every palate.
The Jeju Island is the only special self-governing province of South Korea. Its area is 1,848 km2, its population is about 600,000, and average temperature is 16 oC. It is a very beautiful and relaxing island of nature & myth. Receiving Halla Mountain’s spirit and surrounding colors of nature’s gift, Jeju Island of unique culture of Tamna raises an anchor towards the Pacific. As a resort and tourist destination, the island was selected as one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature in 2011. Previously, the island was certified by UNESCO Triple Crown in Natural Science as
UNESCO’s Biosphere Reserves (2002)
UNESCO’s World Natural Heritage (2007)
UNESCO’s World Geological Park (2010)
Jeju is a free international city allowing free entry without a visa from 187 countries including China. The island can be reached by air or cruise ship. There are many direct flights to Jeju from 48 cities in Asia. If you cannot find a direct flight from your city, go to a major city in Korea and then there are frequent domestic flights to Jeju. Also, the World Health Organization has designated Jeju as an International Safe City in 2007, 2012. To see more on Jeju Island and the World Natural Heritage, please visit at following links:
Jeju which was created by volcanic activity has scenic and geological value. With its outstanding aesthetic beauty, unique volcanic features and ecosystem, UNESCO designated ‘Jeju Volcanic Island and Lava Tubes’ as the first World Natural Heritage sites in Korea in 2007. The sites declared as World Natural Heritage in Jeju are Halla Mountain, Seongsan Sunrise Peak, and Geomun Oreum Lava Tube System (Geomun Oreum, Bengdwi Cave, Manjang Cave, Gimnyeong Cave, Yongcheon Cave and Dangcheomul Cave). They make up 10 percent of the total area of Jeju Island.
Korea’s currency unit is won (KRW) which comes in 1,000, 5,000, 10,000 and 50,000 Won bills, and 10, 50, 100 and 500 Won coins. Generally, banks are open between 09:30-16:30 Monday to Friday. Automated teller machines are in operation 24 hours a day. Most large stores, hotels and restaurants in Korea will accept major international credit cards. However, it is advisable to carry some cash, since many smaller establishments and stores are unlikely to accept any credit cards.
Tipping is not a regular practice in Korea. Service charges are included in your bill for rooms, meals, and other services at hotels and upscale restaurants.
Jeju Island has a mild oceanic climate throughout the year and the average temperature of May in Jeju is 15ºC.
Korea uses 220 volts, 60 cycles system. Regarding the shape of outlet, Korea use ‘Round pin attachment plug’ type. Please check up your plug and prepare the adapter, if necessary.
In relation to Greenwich Mean Time, Korea is +9 hours.
Korea Tourism Organization carries out the tourism advisory telephone service at #1330 every day of the year even through public holidays at all Tourist Information Centers in the nation for your traveling convenience.
There is a diverse array of information at #1330 that can surpass the information provided in the designated area’s map, tour guidebook, and Tourist Information Center. You will have access to detailed information on the desired sights as well as accommodation, transportation, restaurants, and more in Korean, English, and Japanese.