About Jeju

Jeju, the Island of world Place

On January 27, 2005, the central government of the Republic of Korea designated Jeju Island as the Island of World Peace based on Article 12 of the Special Act for the Jeju Free International City.

In the tradition of the peace spirits of Sammu and Sunureum, Jeju has held four summit meetings as a Free International City. 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.

Now Jeju has been reborn as a buffer zone to help protect and solve international disputes and conflicts. Following in the footsteps of the world peace cities, Jeju is committed to contribute to peace settlements on the Korean Peninsula and throughout Northeast Asia.

An "International Free City" looking brightly into the future

Furthermore, the government declared Jeju Island as Korea's representative zone and designated 'the Island of the World Peace' on January 27, 2005. Jeju Island has been officially designated as "International Free City" where the exchange of human and material resources and culture is given extensive freedom, and provided veritable wings to this island. It is a cultural, social and political activity system including ideas and policies, to leads to the practice of active peace, a state of enjoying freedom from all elements of threat.

It is situated in its unparalleled geopolitical location at the center of Northeast Asia, and endowed with bountiful natural environment and tourist resource assets. With this exceptional potential, supported by a solid infrastructure, Jeju Island is well endowed to accept the challenge as a nucleus of tourism and logistics for the Northeast Asian and Pacific region in the 21st century.

Secrets of Jeju, the world natural heritage site

Mt. Halla
Mt. Halla is the central peak of Jeju Island, a shelfal shield volcano constructed on the continental shelf of the Yellow Sea. Rising 1950 m above sea level, Mt. Halla is the highest peak in South Korea and is the symbol of Jeju Island. Mt. Halla boasts peculiar volcanic landscape, produced by the crater lake Baeknokdam at the summit, the precipitous rocky cliffs of the Yeongsilgiam, and about forty volcanic cones. Mt. Halla was designated as a natural monument and a national park in 1966 and in 1970, respectively. It was also designated as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in 2002 and is carefully protected from human activity.

Geomunoreum Lava Tube System
The Geomunoreum lava tube system, which is regarded as the finest such cave system in the world, has an outstanding visual impact even for those experienced with such phenomena. It displays the unique spectacle of multi-coloured carbonate decorations adorning the roofs and floors, and dark-coloured lava walls, partially covered by a mural of carbonate deposits. The fortress-like Seongsan Ilchulbong tuff cone, with its walls rising out of the ocean, is a dramatic landscape feature, and Mount Hallasan, with its array of textures and colours through the changing seasons, waterfalls, display of multi-shaped rock formations and columnar-jointed cliffs, and the towering summit with its lake-filled crater, further adds to the scenic and aesthetic appeal.

Seongsan Ilchulbong
Seongsan Ilchulbong, also called 'Sunrise Peak', is an archetypal tuff cone formed by hydrovolcanic eruptions upon a shallow seabed about 5 thousand years ago. The 182 m-high tuff cone, dominating the eastern seaboard of Jeju Island like a gigantic ancient castle, not only preserves its bowl-like crater but also provides excellent sea-cliff exposures of diverse internal structures. These features have great geologic values in that they provide a basis for interpreting eruptive and depositional processes of hydromagmatic volcanoes worldwide in addition to the past volcanic activity of the tuff cone.

Explore the attraction of Jeju!

- Where the world becomes one!
Jeju island, the largest island in Korea, is the premier tourist destination in Korea for its the stunning natural scenery and superior tourist amenities. Scenic beaches, waterfalls, cliffs and caves lie in harmony, and the mild weather makes Jeju an even more ideal tourist destination. Palm trees and other tropical plants coexist with temperate varieties, and form the famous unique scenary of Jeju.

- An Eden of recreation and leisure
Jeju Island is a world-class island-resort situated off the southern tip of the Korean Peninsula where the North Pacific Ocean meets the Yellow Sea. Gifted with a mild subtropical climate, this scenic island is uniquely blessed by nature. Its gentle-tempered, friendly people heartily welcome you at every turn.

- A world-acclaimed attraction, and a favorite of domestic guests
The eruption of Mt. Halla that took place approximately 25 thousand years ago created the crater lake, Baekrok-dam, 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.