Located on an island off the Korean Peninsula, Jeju has mild, warm weather throughout much of the year. The city is a well-known resort, with prestigious hotels and public casino facilities. In 2011, 9.9 million passengers flew between the two cities of Seoul and Jeju, making the Gimpo–Jeju route the world's busiest passenger air route. Jeju welcomes over ten million visitors from mainland Korea, Japan, and China every year.
The area of the city has played a central role in Jeju after 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 after the 1970s. Shin Jeju (신제주), or "new Jeju", was created a few decades ago, up the hill from the airport and houses a large number of 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. Notwithstanding in 2005 Jeju Province voters approved a proposal to merge the city with Bukjeju County, additionally merging Seogwipo with Namjeju County to create two large cities directly administered by the province. That change was put into effect in July 2006.
In 2012 Sang-Oh Kim became mayor; he was formerly the Jeju regional president of National Agricultural Cooperative Federation.
Jeju City is the principal transportation centre for Jeju Province. It is home to the island's sole airport, Jeju International Airport; the Jeju-Seoul route is one of the world's busiest airline routes.
In addition, its port is the largest on the island, serving the great majority of passenger and cargo vessels that visit the island. It additionally stands at the centre of the island's road network. To travel throughout the city and island, various buses are available and affordably priced, typically running approximately 1,000 won (0.90 USD) for one ride. A bus ride from Jeju City to Seogwipo (the second largest city on the island) is typically an hour.
Due to its central position in transportation, Jeju City sees the main share of tourist traffic to the island. Many tourists arrive at the city through the port terminal or airport, stay in the tourist hotels of the Sinjeju neighborhood, and stay within the city to visit various Jeju tourist attractions. These include Dragon's Head Rock (Yongduam, Hangul: 용두암 ) along the coast; the Samseonghyeol, three holes in the downtown area; Hallasan National Park in the interior; the country's tallest mountain, Hallasan; and world's largest botanical garden, Bunjae Artpia.
Jeju Air has its headquarters in Jeju City.
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In its former boundaries, Jeju City was 19.3 km from east to west, and 10.2 km 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 at the top of Hallasan, the island's sole mountain.
Jeju City has a humid subtropical climate (Köppen climate classification Cfa) with quite warm summers and cool winters. Precipitation is significant throughout the year, but is much wetter in summer, with more than 180 millimetres (7.1 in) of rain falling in each month from June to September.
|Climate data for Jeju City, South Korea (1981–2010)|
|Average high °C (°F)||8.3|
|Daily mean °C (°F)||5.7|
|Average low °C (°F)||3.2|
|Average precipitation mm (inches)||65.2|
|Average precipitation days (≥ 0.1 mm)||12.6||10.3||11.2||10.0||10.4||11.8||12.5||13.5||10.8||7.0||9.3||10.8||130.2|
|Average relative humidity (%)||65.3||64.9||64.9||66.5||70.4||76.8||78.3||76.5||73.7||66.9||65.1||65.1||69.6|
|Mean monthly sunshine hours||70.4||105.4||158.9||194.4||211.9||170.9||195.6||195.6||161.7||178.5||126.0||84.8||1,854.1|
|Source: Korea Meteorological Administration|
Jeju is divided into 19 neighbourhoods (dong), 4 towns (eup), and 3 townships (myeon):
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