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[27 Feb 2008 | 3 Comments | ]

Under thirty-five years of Japanese rule, ended in August 1945, Jeju did not escape unscathed from conflict and occupation. Right across the island, physical remnants of the conflict that almost reached its shores remain.
On its western side is Gamma Oreum with clear, unobstructed views of the coastline and Halla-san. Built into its base are darkened, claustrophobic tunnels that sprawl away for kilometres underground. From this location Japanese forces would direct any defence against a foreign invasion armada.
However, an invasion never came and no defence was ever made.
Today, …

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[17 Feb 2008 | No Comment | ]

Attending a Chinese acrobatic circus may not be the first thing that springs to mind when considering tourist activities on Jeju, but it is not to be missed. The brilliant Magic World show includes acrobatics, a stunt motorcycle ring, and even kangaroo boxing! Between excited bites of popcorn, I was thrilled by the colourful costumes, sensational music, and the incredible skill and choreography of these performers.
Magic World opened on Jan 4th, 2007 and is one of two circuses on Jeju (the other is Happy Town by Saebyeol …

Festivals and Event Ticketing, Things to Do, Things to See »

[17 Feb 2008 | 4 Comments | ]

One of Korea’s most unique festivals is a must see
Story by Joanna Burgess | Photo by Jim Saunders

An Oreum on fire | Credit: Jim Saunders
In the infamous words of Beavis— “fire, fire, fire!” This quote engulfs the primary theme of the Annual Jeongwol Daeboreum Fire Festival. Beginning in 1997, this year marks the 13th year of the festival, with each year becoming bigger and brighter. While fire, fun, and festivities are the main attraction of the Fire Festival, it is important to understand why this festival came …

Art Galleries & Museums, Things to See »

[6 Jan 2008 | No Comment | ]

Korea isn’t generally known as a bastion of multiculturalism, and Jeju-do is one of the last places I’d ever expect to find pretty much anything from Africa, let alone an entire museum devoted to the continent. Yet despite this, it is the location of a Museum of African Art.
When you first see the museum it’s an impressive sight, unlike any other building in Korea. The building’s exterior is modelled on the largest mud brick building in the world, the Djenne Grand Mosque in Mali. It’s a visually interesting building, …