) is the capital of Jeju province
in South Korea
and the largest city on the island of Jeju. Its geographical location is . The city is served by Jeju International Airport
Located in a southern island where the weather is mild even in winter, the city is a famous resort with public casino
facilities. Jeju welcomes over 4 million visitors from mainland Korea, Japan
, and China
In its former boundaries, Jeju City was 19.3 kilometers from east to west, and 10.2 kilometers from north to south. To the north, it looks across the Korea Strait
at the southern coast of South Jeolla
Province. To the south, it meets Seogwipo
City at the top of Hallasan
, the island's sole mountain.
The area of the city has played a central role in Jeju since before recorded history. The Samseonghyeol
, holes from which the three ancestors of the Jeju people are said to have come, are located in downtown Jeju City.
The city has grown quite rapidly since the 1970s. Shin Jeju (신제주), or "new Jeju", was created some decades ago, up the hill from the airport and houses many government buildings. The thatched roof buildings that were common throughout the city until the 1970s are gradually disappearing.
The city was separated from Bukjeju County
in 1955. However, in 2005 Jeju Province voters approved a proposal to merge the city with Bukjeju County, also merging Seogwipo
with Namjeju County
to create two large cities... Read More