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Discover Korea & Jeju

About Korea & Jeju

The Republic of Korea (herein after Korea) is a country visited by more than ten million international travelers every year. With its long history in culture and tradition, the country has a lot to offer to travelers.

Where is Korea?



The Korean peninsula is located in Northeast Asia. It is surrounded by the ocean on three sides, making it a unique geographical location. With Seoul as its capital city, the landsite is roughly 1,030 km (612 miles) long and 175 km (105 miles) wide at its narrowest point. Korea's total land area is 100,033 square km, neighboring Japan to the east, China to the west, and sharing a northern border with Democratic People's Republic of Korea (North Korea).


National Flag, Taegeukgi

National Flag

Taegeukgi : Its design symbolizes the principles of the yin and yang in oriental philosophy. The circle in the center is divided into two equal parts, where the upper red responds to the active cosmic forces of the yang; conversely, the lower blue section represents the passive cosmic forces of the yin. The flag's background is white, representing Korean’s desire for peace and purity. The circle is surrounded by four trigrams, one in each corner, characterizing continual movement, balance and harmony. Each trigram symbolizes one of the four universal elements (heaven, earth, fire, and water).

National Flower, Mugunghwa

National Flower

Mugunghwa : The national flower of Korea is mugunghwa, or rose of Sharon, which comes into bloom from July to October every year. Profusions of the blossom gracefully decorate the entire nation during that time, providing a view which has been loved by all Korean for many years. It is also the favorite plant of the people as the flower’s symbolic significance stems from the Korean word ‘mugung’, meaning immortality. This word accurately reflects the enduring nature of Korean culture, and the determination and perseverance of the Korean people.

National Anthem

Aegukga : Aegukga literally means 'a song expressing one’s love towards their country' in Korean, and that was the exact reason this anthem came to be born. Since its creation, the song has undergone several versions of transition; however, it remained focused on praising the sense of loyalty to the country. Maestro Ahn Eak-tai (1905-1965) is credited with having made the present form of the song in 1935, which was then officially adopted by the Korean Government (1948) as the national anthem and began to be used at all schools and official functions.

Population of Korea



The total population of Korea is approximately 51,704,332 (January 2017 data) with most of them residing in the Seoul metropolitan area. Outside of Seoul, other large and economically advanced cities such as Busan, Incheon, Daegu, Daejeon, Gwangju and Ulsan also have higher population densities than other cities in Korea. Information courtesy of Ministry of the Interior (MOI): www.mospa.go.kr (Korean, English)


Jeju Island

Jeju is proud of its unique cultural folk heritage as well as its geographical and historical relevance.
The island itself is an extinct volcano with its peak jutting skyward at the center and a broad, gentle littoral all the way around showing a very unique geographical condition. There are bountiful forests and ravines, fantastic rock formations and volcanic craters, and caves and grasslands that together paint a natural scene of breathtaking beauty. Sparkling seas and tiny islets surround Jeju, with rocks scattering amidst sandy beaches to create a magnificent view everywhere you look.
In June 2007, the volcanic island and lava tube cave systems were designated as UNESCO World Natural Heritage Sites for their natural beauty and geographical value. Jeju Island is not only Korea’s most prestigious destination and top honeymoon spot, but it has been the venue for several political joint summit talks and other major international meetings.



Location

Situated in the center of Northeast Asia, Jeju lies equidistant among South Korea, China, and Japan

Climate

A subtropical climate, four distinct seasons, and small differences in the annual and daily temperatures
Average annual rainfall (mm): Jeju (1,584.9), Seogwipo (2,393,3)
Temperature (℃): Jeju (15.6), Seogwipo (16.9)

Cultural Atmosphere

Jeju has a unique island culture including Dolhareubang (stone grandfather statues), Haenyeo (female divers), and stone fences. Its traditional lifestyle made up of folk songs, special customs, and folk tales.

Jungmun Resort Complex

Near Jungmun Resort Complex, where ICC Jeju is located, there are a variety of sight-seeing opportunities such as; the public 18-hole Jungmun Golf Course (about a 5-minute-ride), Yeomiji Botanical Garden (the largest indoor botanical garden in Asia), the Teddy Bear Museum, the Africa Museum, the Sound Island Museum, and Pacific Land. Scenic natural wonders include: Jungmun Beach, Cheonjeyeon Waterfall (according to the legend, seven nymphs guarding the heavenly emperor descended at night to bathe at night), and Jusangjeolli (natural stone pillars built up along the coast which are formed by magma piercing through cracks of the surface-rock.