Geopark is to learn from the past and make a sustainable future. (The definition of a geopark as defined at the 2010 Europe Geopark General Assembly)

A Geopark is not an artificial park made by humans.

Geopark is a geological site with scientific importance, rarity, and beauty. In addition to their geological importance, Geoparks also embrace ecological, historical, and cultural values. Geoparks have been created to promote the regional economy through preservation, education, and tourism.

Jeju Global Geopark

Besides the magnificent landscape, Jeju is also of great significance in terms of academic research, as there are traces of volcanic activities occurring from 1.8 million years to one thousand years ago in their original states.

Such value was recognized by UNESCO and the entire Jeju Island was designated as a UNESCO global geopark in 2010. In particular, nine places with majestic landscape − namely, Hallasan Mountain, Manjanggul Cave, Seongsan Ilchulbong Peak, Seogwipo Stratum, Cheonjiyeon Waterfall, Jungmun Daepo Columnar Jointed Lava, Sanbangsan Lava Dome, Yongmeori Tuff Ring, and Suwolbong Peak − have been designated as main geological sites and listed in the Global Geopark Network (GGN).

Now there are 12 main geological sites in total listed by the GGN, after Udo Island, Biyangdo Island, and Seonheul Gotjawal (Gotjawal: a unique forest in Jeju)were added to the list since March 2014.

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Jeju Island Global Geopark

Halla Mountain

Rising majestically to 1,950m, Hallasan Mountainis the highest mountain in South Korea and Jeju’s treasure, listed not only as a part of the Global Geopark but also as World Biosphere Reserve and World Natural Heritage Site.

At the top of the mountain, there is the stunningly beautiful Baengnokdam Crater Lake with a depth of 108m and width of 550m. Hallasan Mountainis the best place to observe the intact topography of the volcano, including 40 oreums (parasitic volcanoes) and Yeongsil Giam (a cliff composed of bizarrely shaped rocks) in every form and figure.

Along with Gwaneumsa Temple and Seongpanak trails that lead up to the top, there are also Eorimok, Donnaeko, Yeongsil, Seokguram, and Eoseungsaengak trails open to public.

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