Jeju-do

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Jeju Province
Special Autonomous Province
Korean transcription(s)
 • Hangul제주특별자치도
 • Hanja濟州特別自治道
 • McCune‑ReischauerCheju T'ŭkpyŏl Chach'ido
 • Revised RomanizationJeju Teukbyeol Jachido
Location of Jeju Province
CountrySouth Korea
RegionJeju
CapitalJeju City
Subdivisions2 cities; 0 counties
Government
 • GovernorKim Tae-Hwan
Area
 • Total1,845.5 km2 (712.6 sq mi)
Area rank9th
Population
(2009)
 • Total565,000
 • Rank9th
 • Density303/km2 (780/sq mi)
Metropolitan Symbols
 • FlowerChamkkot
 • TreeCinnamomum camphora
 • BirdWoodpecker
DialectJeju
Websitejeju.go.kr (English)

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.

References[change | change source]

  1. "Unesco names World Heritage sites". BBC News. June 28, 2007. Retrieved May 6, 2010.
  2. "Three manys, three lacks and three treasures". Jeju Special Self-Governing Province. Retrieved 2010-06-18.