Main Event : 24th JEJU INT'L TOURISM MARATHON (26th May 2019)
Jeju island, South Korea’s largest island, is formed by volcanic eruptions approximately 2 million years ago. The island has been untouched until the 21st Century, hence its pristine forests and unique ecology. It has often been touted as the Hawaii of the East. It is also home to the highest peak of South Korea, Mount Hallasan.
Jeju International Tourism Marathon Festival (26th May 2019) is an event that attract local and international visitor annually. The event offer are Full (42km), Half (21km), 10km and 5km course. The 4 courses offer a very scenic coastal route from the Gujwa life Sports Park to Woljeong Beach, Pyeongdae Handong Beach and Jongdal Coastal.
Jeju Folk Village showcasing life back in the 1890s
Manjanggul Cave, a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the world’s finest lava tunnel
Dongmun Traditional Market, Jeju Island’s largest and oldest permanent market
Saryeoni Forest trail
Sea water jimjibang (traditional Korean bathhouse)
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This is the 24th editions of the Jeju International Tourism Marathon Festival. The festival atmosphere and very well organised event attracts runners from all over the world.
There different level of runners and participants, from the very competitive one to the leisure and just out to a fun day.
Abalone is popular seafood of choice among the Koreans. They are known to be the 2nd producer of abalone but are not known to the exporter because Koreans consume up to 80% of their own harvest. In Jeju Island, one of the native favourite abalone dishes is the “Abalone Porridge”. During the festival, the organiser served up a free flow of abalone porridge, accompanied with some freshly made “Kimchi”. These are some of the best abalone porridge I have tasted so far
The cafe street along the Woljeongri Beach are lined with some really cosy tea houses and unique cafe. Offering a very good reason to stop for a cuppa.
Dongmun (东门) meaning “East Gate” was established after the liberation in 1945 but was destroyed by a fire in March 1954. It was then moved to its current location on the north side but keeping its name. A popular tradition central market for the locals where the daily food essential are traded.
Dongmun Market Gate #8 Food Street. Every night from 7pm the food street at Gate 8 come to live with about 30 stall of Korean style street food. The unique part about this food street is, there is no 2 stall selling the same thing. 30 stores with 30 different types of food.