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Jeju Island is a unique place worldwide, holding the honors of the natural science area such as UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve , UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site  and UNESCO World Geoparks Network . Jeju Island also consists of all elements for global natural sight theme, including island, volcano, waterfall, beaches, national park, cave and forest In this page, we will introduce our recommendations for some of the tourist spots in Jeju Island and festivals during ICORS 2018.
The Highest Holy Mountain in South Korea
Mt. Hallasan which rises 1,950m above sea level is the highest mountain in South Korea. Baengnokdam,the crater and lake located at the park of Mt. Hallasan, and about 40 oreums, a beautiful sight of steep and fantastic rock cliffs are designated in 1966 and 1970s as Nature Monument and National Park respectively, and in 2002 designated as a biosphere reserve area by UNESCO. As the peak of Mt. Hallasan is made of diverse volcanic characteristic, depending on the angle of one’s view, one can feel its uniqueness. To the west of Baengnokdam crater, a steep shape formed by basalt lava of high viscosity is found and to the east, low viscosity basalt lava formed a gentle plateau. The south slope is so beautiful that it is captured in a folktale which states the story of immortals that played in the lake.
Oreum of the Rising Sun, Seongsan Ilchulbong
On the east coast of Jeju is situated the 182m Seongsan Ilchulbong which looks like a grand old castle. It was formed 5,000 years ago by an underwater eruption on the shllow sea bed. Especially the exquisite inner strucuture which looks like a bowl formed with crater and slope, excluding the North West side and the repeated process of eating away and depositing by waves, all joined together make a surpassing sight. With a background of sun rising in the east beyond the horizon, the beauty of Seongsan Ilchulbong is beyond words description. That is why many people gather in this place on New Year morning to see the sun rise. The fatal attraction of the vast sea beneath a steep cliff and the white bubbles made by blue waves are so beautiful that it stirs up one for a moment a desire to plunge into the sea. In addition, it is also reconized worldwide as a base for researches in past volcano eruptions and under water volcanoes.
Swim and Soak in Spring Water
Gwakji Beach is one of the favorite beaches of Jeju residents. You won’t feel hot even under the blazing sunshine of Jeju because of Gwakji’s quiet and peaceful atmosphere and cold water. When you want to rest, you can sun bathe on the gentle sand beach that is about 1 Kilometer wide. The best thing about Gwakji Beach is its spring water. There are open-air spring water baths for men and women so after your ocean swim, you can wash yourself in spring water continue your journey without feeling uncomfortable.
Gwakji Beach was discovered by an ordinary Jeju man who then introduced other people to the beach. World of mouth spread and more people started to visit. Until just a few years ago, more local residents than visitors frequented the beach.
A museum a forest where are sheds light and breathes
To artists, Jeju Island is not just a place to travel, but a place of inspection. Beloved by photographers and artists, Jeju has many art museums. There are art museum in various sizes with different thrmes, from the small Lee Jung-Seop Gallery to the large Jeju Museum of Art. The Jeju Museum of Art sits on a hillside in where the Jeju skyline, Mt. Hallasan, canola flowers and flame grass exist in harmony, and effort has been made to create a place where one can view the nature of Jeju from a new perspective. Two buildings of simple aesthetics mirror the Jeju sky and Mt. Hallasan with their places and frames. The outdoor garden at the back of the art museum presents the simplicity and neatness of Jeju’s nature, and offeres an area where one can spend time with family or friends. The outdoor stage resembles Baekrokdam at the top of Mount. Halla and can be used for culture and artistic activities. The beaty of nature and the spirit of art and culture of the Jeju people live harmony in the Jeju Museum of Art.
the center of the unique maritime culture
The Jeju National Museum, which is an archaeology and history museum, opened on June 15th, 2001, to collect and preserve historical and cultural artifacts from Jeju and to carefully research and display those artifacts. To fulfill its mission and serve as a central cultural institution in the community, we are aiming to become a "refined museum people love to visit." We will dedicate ourselves to carrying out specific tasks that will enable the museum's specialization in Tamna and maritime culture, ensure that the museum is accessible to all, and build a regional cultural network, in which the museum will play a central role. By consistently offering a variety of exhibitions and educational and cultural programs, we intend to become a true repository of Jeju's culture filled with cultural and artistic inspirations. We ask for your continued interest and support.
Jeju, an island located in the southernmost tip of Korea, is commonly known as "The Island of Peace" with its clean air, water, and the wonderful landscapes. Jeju International Wind Ensemble Festival (JIWEF) is one of the major art festivals of Jeju, harmonized with the peaceful image of the island, the romanticism of summer, and the characteristic of wind music which is easy to perform outdoors.
Since 1995, JIWEF has been held every other year with the effort and the work of Jeju natives. In 1998, we prepared a small size professional ensemble festival with participants from Japan, Taiwan, and Germany. This marked the start of the festival on even numbered years focused on professionalism along with odd numbered years focused on audience participation and general popularity. Since 2000, we have organized an international brass competition in addition to the ensemble festival.
Fantastic 9 themes on the 80 acres!
Jeju Hallim park is a field of frotier spirit created by Mr. Bong-Gyu Song, the chairman of the park. In 1971, Mr. Song started to plant the palm tree seeds in the 80 acres of wasteland, dreaming a green paradise. Hallim Park, exhibiting nine different themes, is a global tourist attraction and visited by approximately one million people per year including global celebrities.
During wild flower festival, you can appreciate 350 specious of wild plants including Korean and Jeju native plants. From tiny and cute flowers to gorgeous one, many type of wild flowers give a warm welcome to all visitors.
Music-filled Summer Nights in Jeju
The “Midsummer Night’s Art Festival,” where visitors can enjoy music on summer nights in Jeju, will be held again this year. Starting in 1994, this festival has taken charge of Jeju’s summer for over 20 years. The festival became so popular that there are even festival fans who have gone to the festival every year. This is because the festival offers a wide range of genres in music such as classical, pop, jazz, rock, vocal music, chorus, and traditional Korean music. The average number of audience members per show reaches 1,000.
The festival is held at Tapdong Beach Theater, the best outdoor theater in Jeju. Since the ocean lies right behind the theater, it gives the impression that the theater is floating above the water. The atmosphere of the concerts is very casual. Couples on dates, families taking a night stroll with a baby in a stroller, and people in track suits come to the concerts.