Map of Korea (11): Cheju Island

Data of Cheju Island 

Seat of government



1,845.36 sq kilometers



Annual rainfall

1,440 mm

Annual temperature

14.7 degree Celsius

Marine resources

Sea bream, seaweed, bearded clam, turban shell, sea cucumber, crab, cutlass fish.

 Best known for its ever-thriving tourism industry, Cheju Island, the largest and southernmost island in Korea, lies about 100 kilometers off the southern tip of the Korean Peninsula.

Also called the “Fantasy Island,” the features of its isolated location and romantic tropical setting draws a wave of honeymooners every year. It is only an hour’s flight from Seoul. There are also direct flights from Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya and Fukuoka.



 Cheju Island is a volcanic Island. Its size is 73km from the east to the west, 41km from the north to the south. Its total size is 1,845 square kilometers, or some one-tenth of that of Kyongsang Province. It has a 263 km- long coastal line.

Mt. Halla, which rises 1,950 m above sea level, is the highest peak in south Korea. Topped by a large crater, the mountain has more than 360 parasitic cones.

If one examines geographical features, one will find that the shorelines, which have an area of 55.3% of the island, are used for a residential area, livestock farmland and fruit farming.

The middle band of the mountain, which is between 200-500m above sea level, is used for a ranch, a tourist resort, and is left untouched as idle land: the 500-1,000m high band of the mountains form forests and grassland; and the top area over 1,000m is protected as Halla Mountain National Park.


 Travel Information on Cheju Island:

 Cheju Island has a good road system consisted of 182 km circuit roads along its seashore, connecting roads from the beach to its central area.

Cheju’s tourist attractions are mainly in its seashore and there are four tourist-attracting areas on the island – Cheju City, the West Area, Sogwipo City and the East Area. The usual tour course starts in Cheju City using the circuit road to the West Area and Sogwipo City and then to the East Area and Cheju City. The usual tour period is 3 days and tourists can easily change their schedules since they can move from Cheju City to any place within one hour.

Sightseeing spot 

Standing as high as 1,950 meters, Mt. Hara is the largest mountain in south Korea.

Songsanpo-ilchul Peak attracts many visitors.

There are about 100 kinds of temperate plants in Chonjaeyom Waterfall.

Typical private houses in Cheju

In Shinyang, visitors can savor a breathtaking picturesque sunrise.

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