one of the most beautiful islands in East Asia is located just one hour by air from Seoul, capital of Republic of Korea. Being of volcanic origin Jeju has 368 secondary craters, with Mt. Halla (1950 m) in the center of the island – it is an extinct volcano with a big crater on the top and lush vegetation growing down to the very seaside. The island is 73 km from west to east and 31 km from north to south, with a coast line of 254 km
Tourist features of Jeju.
– Mild climate. Jeju is in subtropics and is excellent place for active tourism – not too hot and not too cold.
– Pure sea and air with a favorable ecology. The island has no manufacturing; most income of local people is tourism, agriculture and fishing. Jeju is one of the most unpolluted places in Asia, ecology is by a high priority here and development of many places is strictly controlled. Many possibilities for water sports: scuba-diving, sea kayaking, windsurfing, parasailing…
– Unique nature: beautiful rocky seaside, picturesque beaches with colorful sand, many blooming trees in winter, spring and summer, diverse underwater world and lush vegetation.
– Compact location of local sights. On a relatively small territory of 1.845 sq km Jeju has many places for sightseeing. On Jeju you can visit several (but not all) exotic places and sights just in one day, and transfers take from 10 min to 60 min.
Jeju Island: South Korea’s volcanic holiday destination
Ecological CharacteristicsJeju is a volcanic island, formed approximately two million years ago. It embraces four major ecosystems of biogeographic regions; alpine coniferous forest, temperate broadleaf forest, warm temperate evergreen lucidophyll forest, and temperate grass land. The core area that is protected as a national park is located in the center of Jeju Island.
Many endangered plants and animals inhabit in Jeju Island. 134 taxa of Korean endemic plants are distributed in Jeju Island. 90 taxa among the 134 are Jeju endemic plants. In particular, 28 taxa of Korea or Jeju endemic plants are distributed around the summit of Mt. Hallasan. These species need to be protected due to global warming.