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Jeju Island

Location: South Korea

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The city of Jeju is located on Jeju-do, an island just off of the southern coast of the Korean peninsula. It is a popular tourist destination due to its subtropical climate, natural waterfalls, beautiful mountains, and plethora of recreational activities such as horseback riding, mountain climbing, spelunking, scuba diving, and many others. Jeju is also home to Korea's tallest mountain, Hallasan Mountain, and the famous lava tubes: cave tunnels created by the now dormant volcano that are among the largest in the world.

Beyond the tourist attractions, Jeju-do has a unique culture due its geographic isolation. The traditional family structure on Jeju is matriarchal, with haenyeo (female divers) as the economic providers for the family. However, due to recent economic development and efforts by the Korean government, there are very few haenyeo left, and a patriarchal structure is beginning to become dominant. Students will have the opportunity to learn about this transition, as well as other aspects of the traditional culture of Jeju-do.

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