Jeju-do

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Jeju Province
Special Autonomous Province
Korean transcription(s)
 • Hangul 제주특별자치도
 • Hanja 濟州特別自治道
 • McCune‑Reischauer Cheju T'ŭkpyŏl Chach'ido
 • Revised Romanization Jeju Teukbyeol Jachido
Coordinates: 33°22′00″N 126°32′00″E / 33.3667°N 126.5333°E / 33.3667; 126.5333Coordinates: 33°22′00″N 126°32′00″E / 33.3667°N 126.5333°E / 33.3667; 126.5333
Country South Korea
Region Jeju
Capital Jeju City
Subdivisions 2 cities; 0 counties
Government
 • Governor Kim Tae-Hwan
Area
 • Total 1,845.5 km2 (712.6 sq mi)
Area rank 9th
Population (2009)
 • Total 565,000
 • Rank 9th
 • Density 303/km2 (780/sq mi)
Metropolitan Symbols
 • Flower Chamkkot
 • Tree Cinnamomum camphora
 • Bird Woodpecker
Dialect Jeju

Jeju-do (Korean for Jeju Province) is the largest island in South Korea. The island was created as a result of a volcanic eruption. Jeju-do is in the southern part of South Korea. Many people visit this island on honeymoon or to sight-see. Because Jeju-do is in the southern part of South Korea, it's warmer than the rest of South Korea.

Jejudo has exotic views and fruits compared to other places in South Korea. A few things it is famous for are Jeonbokjuk (a kind of congee made of abalone), Dekopon and Hallasan which is one of the highest mountains in South Korea and placed at the center of Jeju-do. The Natural World Heritage Site Jeju Volcanic Island and Lava Tubes is also on the island.[1]

From ancient times, Jeju-do has been said to have plenty of women, winds, and stones.[2] Because Haenyo is the professional job of getting seafood, women have been an important part of family economics in Jeju-do. People on Jeju-do tie some ropes over their roof so that it can withstand strong winds. Jeju island is based on basalt. Because basalt has many holes, people had trouble with getting water to drink. As a result, they used Heobeok to carry water.

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