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Jeju Island - Island of the Gods

The Romantic and Paradise Island

South Korea

dragon head rockJeju Island or Chejudo the largest island in South Korea, is about 130 Km south of Korea Peninsula. Jeju Island a land mass that rose from the seabed about 1~2 million years ago after an undersea volcanic eruption. The whole Jeju Island consists of basalt, dark-brown volcanic rock, lava rock and volcanic soil. Chejudo - The Island of Gods is a living folk village, a paradise island of South Korea, and a popular destination for honeymoon couples and tourists.

Originally Jeju was an independent country called Tamna. In 662AD Jeju became a province of Goryeo which was a part of present day South Korea. In 1121 Tamna was renamed Chejudo or Jeju Island. In 1910 Jeju and Korea were occupied by the Japanese. After the Second World War Jeju became a province of the Republic of Korea.

Jeju Island is culturally distinct from Korea due to its isolation from mainland Korea.TolHarubang Chejudo is never short of local legends; the most famous legend is the Tol Harubang sometimes spelled as Dolharubang. Tol Harubang is often regarded by Jeju folks as the god of protection and fertility, also believed as the guardian deities of Chejudo. Tolharubang is easily seen everywhere in Jeju Island as the statue of an old man sculptured from block of dark lava rock. Dol Harubang together with the Haenyo or Jeju women divers, are Jeju Island's most unique symbols. Traditionally Jeju women were often the head of the families. In olden days the Haenyo or women divers were usually the main income earners of the families but the Haenyeo is now becoming a dying trade.

Jeju Island's geographical location with its mild subtropical climate makes it a favourable tourist destination and tourism is Jeju Island's major contributor to its economy. Jeju Island's success in tourism owe much to its many magnificent natural wonders and Jeju Island's pre-historical background and mystical past is another big boost for Chejudo's tourism industry.

Cheongjiyeon WaterwayThe major tourist attractions in Chejudo are its many sandy beaches, captivating natural sceneries, beautiful waterfalls, lakes, lava caves and lava rock formations, volcanic rocky land, huge craters, historical places and National Parks, plus living folk villages and folk relics. Jeju Island also has abundance of fresh sea food, local delicacies and exotic food. There are a large selection of places to stay on Jeju Island, check out Jeju Hotels for the list of accommodation.

Jeju Island being blessed with all these natural wonders, angelic sceneries, local lengends, pre-historic and mystical past have long earned Jeju Island the coveted title "Island of The Gods".

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