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With ongoing conflict at Gangjeong Village, the moniker “Island of World Peace� is something of an albatross around the neck of Jeju. It was a seed sown back in 1991, after President Gorbachev - visiting Jeju - became the first Soviet Head of State to set foot in S. ,QFRPLQJ-3,3UHVLGHQW 0RRQPhoto courtesy RI-3, Korea. Little known on the international stage, the island sought to further its peace-building credentials. Eight years later, in Dec. 1999, Jeju was ambitiously declared a Free International City, and an Island of World Peace. The people of Jeju quickly went to work to build the institutes to make it a reality. The Jeju Peace Institute is one such institute. Founded in 2006, it is now regarded among the top ten research institutes in the country, and new man at the helm, President Moon Tae-young, aims to hit the top five by year-end. Moon has had an illustrious 35-year career as a diplomat - he was the Korean Ambassador to both Germany and Panama - but after visiting Jeju on honeymoon in 1979 he was left charmed and dreamt of settling on the island. “I was very happy when I was appointed as the new President of JPI, because my wife and I had wanted to live in Jeju Island. I applied for the post of the Advisory Ambassador to the Jeju Special Self-governing Province Government six years ago, but failed. I gave up the hope of living in Jeju Island, but eventually my dream came true,� said Moon. Having achieved his ambition, Moon is now tackling the herculean task of building peace in East Asia. With continuing territorial disputes in the region and a faltering global economy heightening tensions, the burden to achieve peace is being acutely felt by peacebuilders. Moon sees this as all the more reason JPI should act as a platform for cooperation. “It’s been almost seven years since JPI was founded. It’s time for JPI to prepare a long term development strategy,� Moon said. “The future of JPI can be summarized with ‘Peace and Prosperity through Cooperation’. JPI was founded to realize regional peace and economic prosperity in the process of overcoming the historical burden in East Asia,� he added. Perhaps the most notable of all the initiatives of the JPI is the now-annual Jeju Forum. Entering its twelfth year - having begun under the Jeju Development Institute - it is broadening its Continued on page 3


02 2013 Outlook

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Jeju stories to watch in the year ahead 1. Presidential pledge to build new Jeju airport

To achieve its aim of making Jeju a regional tourism hub in East Asia, the provincial government, with support from President Park Geun Hye, has committed to either building a new airport, or enlarging the current infrastructure. The issue is bound to split public opinion and there is fierce competition from towns on the mainland also campaigning for infrastructure investment.

2012, which is more than visited Hawaii, Okinawa, and Bali. The goal for 2013 is to attract 10.5 million, a 10.8 percent increase. In 2013, the Provincial Government expects 8.3 million domestic tourists and 2.2 million foreign tourists, buoyed by increasing numbers of Chinese benefiting from visa-free travel to the island. Additional flights and cruises are planned to accommodate the rising numbers and key growth markets are Southeast Asia and North America.

4. Cruise travelers to hit record high

2. Naval base construction to continue with presidential support International cruise ships visited Jeju 80 times in 2012 and 191 trips are scheduled in 2013. The Jeju government has vowed to invest heavily in improving facilities to accommodate the increasing numbers and a total of 350,000 tourists are expected through the international cruise terminal. Ongoing conflict at Gangjeong Village is set to rumble on as the results of a government review are due out on Jan. 31. The results will determine whether the site is suitable for both military and civilian purposes. Campaigners have determined to continue their opposition despite voter support for Park Geun Hye’s New Frontier Party, avid proponents of the base.

6. Settlers from the mainland to lead population growth

The population of Jeju has increased in the past 3 years and 24.8 percent more people are now moving to Jeju than leaving. The rate of population growth is the third highest of 17 cities and provinces nationwide, at 0.8 percent, beaten only by Sejong City (9.29 percent) and Incheon (0.89 percent). Settlers’ reasons for moving include work (41 percent), housing (16 percent), education (4 percent), and health (4 percent). Seogwipo City is also expected to see increased growth due to the Jeju Global Education City. Retirees are driving the population increase and 47 percent of retired baby boomers express a desire to live on Jeju.

7. Provincial government to support Jeju’s tangerine crop in face of Chinese threat

5. New food waste disposal system to go island-wide

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Pay-as-you-throw system will use Radio Frequency Identification Reader (RFID) bins to calculate the weight of food waste and automatically charge citizens’ RFID cards for residents of apartment blocks of over 50 residencies. Areas without RFID bins will use special food waste bags sold at convenience stores - or pour food waste into bins at a “Clean House.�

A total of 9.7 million tourists, 1.7 million of whom were foreign, visited Jeju in

New year brings notable legislative changes nationwide

8. Jeju push to be a world environmental hub

Jeju will push ahead this year with plans to become a world environmental hub with a 133.7 billion won investment in eco-friendly projects. In addition, bureaucratic reorganization of existing departments will set the province towards becoming a world environment capital by 2020.

9. 8th Jeju Forum to be held in May

The 8 th Jeju Forum for Peace and Prosperity, under the theme “New Waves in Asia�, will be held from 29 to 31 May 2013. Bringing together policy makers, scholars and business people, the Forum will discuss the sweeping changes facing the continent in 2013 and seek avenues towards peace for the East Asian region.

10. Horse industry as new growth engine

To offset any damage to trade from the FTA with China, the provincial government will support the tangerine industry with 103.5 billion won this year. 92.1 million won will be invested in a distribution system, production facilities and research into improving the taste and

President Park Geun Hye has promised to develop horse-related industries across Jeju in a pledge for the year ahead. To promote local industries, the Jeju government will invest 5.336 billion won to improve infrastructure for horse racing and other horse-related activities, boosting the tourism industry and promoting Jeju’s nature, history and culture.

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The Jeju Weekly has selected some of the legislative changes to be aware of for the year ahead and we will bring you more on these stories throughout 2013. 1. Smoking ban in all PC and billiard rooms 2. Expansion of standard child-care provision to include children aged three and four (previously available only for five-year-olds) 3. Tougher punishment for sexual offenders, including increasing the maximum jail term to life imprisonment for child sex offenders (current maximum is five years) 4. Restoration of Hangeul Day (October 9) as a non-working public holiday 5. Expansion of financial aid for families with three children or more 6. All dog owners required to register their

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quality of the tangerine itself. Overseas marketing will also feature prominently in the government policy.

pets with the regional government and attach an identification tag to each animal 7. Lowering the legal adult age from the current 20 to 19 (to become effective as of July 1) 8. Raise in the minimum hourly wage 6.1 percent from the current 4,580 won to 4,860 won 9. Requirement for families to receive permission from the Family Court when adopting underage children 10. Increased marking of country of origin for food in restaurants


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Continued from page 1 scope from peace, to include economics, environment and culture. Moon is clear that this should in no way be seen as a reflection of the limited marketability of peace. “You may assume the broadening of the agenda will cause the loss of our brand identity as a Peace Forum, which has been well accumulated for the last 12 years. However, we expect that we could rather reinforce the identity than lose it through this change. The challenges and paradigm of our times are in a state of flux and totally different from the ones when the Forum was first started in 2001. We cannot rely on the frameworks of the past. I think peace issues should be dealt with in a comprehensive way, which includes environmental, gender, economical and cultural aspects,� said Moon. Moon further stressed the conceptual link between economic development and peace. “In this context, we changed the name of the forum to ‘Jeju Forum for Peace and Prosperity’ by adding ‘prosperity’, and broadening agendas accordingly. Both peace and economic development are important for the region. Peace without prosperity is not viable. We can achieve

both of them without sacrificing [either],� said Moon. The upcoming 2013 Forum has been billed ‘Making New Waves in Asia,’ in recognition of the sweeping changes on the continent. The event seeks to crest these waves of change and ensure that political flux throughout the region does not lead to further fragmentation. “We define these changes as “New Waves�... It is a reflection of the reality that Asia is initiating new initiatives in many fields, such as politics, economy, culture and environment. We think it is a timely and inclusive theme for various agendas. The year 2013 can be defined as a year of political transition. The regime changes in major countries, such as the US, Japan, China, Russia and two Koreas have been completed. We don’t know that the changes in balance of power in the region will bring about changes in the international order of the Asia-Pacific area as well,� Moon said. Despite the barriers to peace, Moon is bullish about prospects for the year ahead. He points to the past successes of the JPI to illustrate how research institutes are able to influence the political agenda through research and the sharing of knowledge.

“JPI, as a research institute, has produced ideas for peace through academic papers and policy reports. Among them, “JPI Policy Forum� and “JPI Peace Net� have delivered the effective advertizing impact over the international as well as the domestic academic community,� said Moon. In a knowledge economy, know-how and expertise are crucial commodities not

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only for economic growth, but also for the keeping of peace. Dialogue between the nations of East Asia is fundamental to a conflict-free region and the JPI measures its success accordingly. Reflecting on the JPI’s collaborative research with scholars and partners worldwide, Moon concisely added: “the more participants join in the dialogue, the more peaceful ideas we can share.�

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Jeju tradition dictates that moving house is not quite as straightforward as elsewhere in Korea. Known as â&#x20AC;&#x153;Shingugan,â&#x20AC;? Jejuâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s moving season - a period of change between old and new - signifies when moving house is spiritually most expedient. As a shamanistic society, Jeju people traditionally defer to the guidance of the gods when making life choices. At Shingugan, three days before â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ipchunâ&#x20AC;? and five days after â&#x20AC;&#x153;Daehan,â&#x20AC;? the 18,000 gods that watch over Jeju are momentarily whisked away from terra firma to report to the Great Jade Emperor, where they are replaced with new gods for the coming year. This yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Shingugan falls between Jan. 25 - Feb.1, and as the heavens undergo a changing of the guard, the Jeju people are free to up sticks and relocate, without fear of upsetting the spiritual apple cart. While gods departing terra firma for a heavenly sojourn may seem outlandish, cultures everywhere use religion and mythology to preserve folk wisdom. According to a Jeju National University professor, Jejuâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s unique cultural restriction might actually represent a rational response to combating infection and disease. Professor Yoon Yong Taek suggests that Shingugan, being at the coldest time of year, exposes movers to minimal infectious pathogens, particularly in yesteryear, when people and livestock lived and moved - in close proximity. The taboo against moving in hotter and stickier months, therefore, seems to

preserve this knowledge within an indigenous cultural narrative. Although belief in these gods might be waning, observance in cultural practice remains strong and the bulk of relocations on the island still happen around this time. Individuals daring to move outside of this season are said to be susceptible to sickness and ill-fortune, as per Yoonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s meme theory. Erring on the side of caution, The Weekly provides a moversâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; guide below to ensure minimal celestial disruption.

Relocating on Jeju Island

Particularly to the uninitiated, relocating can be stressful and confusing. In conjunction with the Global Education Cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Jeju Life Guidebook,â&#x20AC;? here is our guide to Shingugan.

Finding a property

There are many ways to find housing on Jeju, but most movers either use real estate agencies, or classified listings.

Real estate agencies

Real estate agents, or â&#x20AC;&#x153;bu dong san,â&#x20AC;? are common throughout the island; however, services are rarely provided in English. Available properties are displayed in the agentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; windows and online. The agents will inform you of the documents required for signing a contract and give help in obtaining them. A fee is charged by percentage and is set by the regional government. For further inquiries: Korea Association of Realtors, Jeju Chapter. (064) 744 1880

Classified listings

Classified listings are also limited to

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Korean and can be found online and in published free listings newspapers. These are free outside of convenience stores and public areas and contain extensive classified sections, which are also available online. The two most popular are the Jeju O-il Jang Shinmun and the Kyocharo. Jeju O-il Jang Shinmun: http://www. jejuall.com/ Kyocharo: http://jeju.icross.co.kr/in dex.php

Social networking

The language barrier necessitates help from a Korean speaker for most of the resources given so far, but one area is more accessible to English speakers - the internet. International residents commonly post requests about available

properties or ask for advice from fellow expats online and two useful sites are: Rhymes with Jeju (Yahoo ID required) groups.yahoo.com/group/rhymeswith jeju/ Facebook: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Jeju Marketplaceâ&#x20AC;? https://www.facebook.com/ groups/216429365130247/?fref=ts

Removal companies

Removal companies (â&#x20AC;&#x153;isa jim senteoâ&#x20AC;?) provide two basic services: a full service (â&#x20AC;&#x153;pojang isaâ&#x20AC;?) and a general service (â&#x20AC;&#x153;pojang ilbanâ&#x20AC;?). The full service involves everything from transportation to cleaning and setting up your furniture, while the general service simply transports your belongings to your new accommodation. Removal companies get Continued on page 5

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Continued from page 4 extremely busy during Shingugan and must be reserved in advance. They can be found in the classified sections of both the Jeju O-il Jang Shinmun and the Kyocharo.

Be quick!

listings and estate agencies daily and inspect properties as soon as they become available to avoid disappointment. Be aware that you will be expected to pay a holding deposit on the spot to reserve a property which is around 10 percent of the total deposit.

Competition is intense during Shingugan and properties are snapped up quickly. Be prepared to check classified

Ensure your contract is with the property owner

If finding a property independently, ensure the contract is with the actual owner of the property. For a fee of 3,000 Won you can receive a copy of the real estate registry for any given property from the website of the civil registry at http:// www.okminwon.kr/.

Register at your local government office

After moving into a property, it is very important to register at the local government office (“dong samuso”) and receive a ‘Definite Moving Date’ (“hwakjeong ilja”) certificate. This will ensure, in the event of landlord bankruptcy, for example, you are able to claim preferential payback of your deposit.

Glossary of useful house-hunting terms Key money leasing (“jeonse”)

This is a procedure unique to Korea where, instead of paying monthly rent, a lump-sum deposit, known as key money, is paid to the owner. At the end of the contract this sum is returned to the renter. This is more common during times of high interest rates.

Yearly rent (“yeonse”)

Found only in Jeju, for nyeonse a deposit is paid in addition to a yearly fee. As the deposit increases, the yearly fee may accordingly decrease, and vice versa.

Monthly rent (“weolse”)

A deposit is paid in addition to a monthly fee. As the deposit increases, the monthly fee may accordingly decrease, and vice versa. This becomes more common during times of low interest rates.

Pyeong

Pyeong is a traditional East Asian unit of measurement and although the Korean government has sought to legislate against its use since 2007, it is still commonly used by real estate agencies and in classified listings. One pyeong is 3.3058 square meters.

Residence type

Apartments

Private house

One-room and two-room apartments

One-room - equivalent to studio apartments - typically consist of one large room which serves as the living room, bedroom, and kitchen. The shower/utilities room is usually in an additional room. Two-room will have a large room for the living room and kitchen, with another smaller bedroom, plus a shower/utilities room. One-room are typically 7-15 pyeong, while two-room are 10-18 pyeong.

Villa

Special characteristics Large-scale and in blocks of group residences of more than five floors Resident attendant and security Amenities include commercial outlets, resident parking and children’s play areas and even golf facilities Independent properties for individual occupancy Independent western-style low-rise apartment blocks of less than five floors Simpler infrastructure and less amenities than apartments

Officetel (studio apartment)

A combination of an office tower and an apartment block, officetel accommodation is similar to a studio apartment and often contains one-room and two-room.

Multiplex housing

Low-rise and small-scale apartment complexes No resident attendant or security

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“Daehan,” the coldest period in the lunisolar calendar, has just passed. Soon after “Shingugan,” Jeju’s traditional moving season, the island’s 18,000 gods are back on earth to begin their duties, having had new posts assigned by the Great Jade Emperor. Take heart in the dead of the winter, however, as “Ipchun” signals the onset of spring at the head of the lunisolar calendar. On Jeju, preparation for the “Tamnaguk Ipchun Gutnori,” is in full swing to celebrate the event. This year’s festival, in its 15 th year, will be held between Feb. 2-4. Tamnaguk Ipchun Gutnori is the traditional festival marking the “Gut” shamanistic ceremony - passed down from the Tamna kingdom between the 7th and 12th centuries. The festival was originally “Pungnong Gut,” a ritual for an abundant harvest, but this died out in 1925 during the Japanese occupation. It was revived in 1999 with the inception of the Tamnaguk Ipchun Gutnori festival, and is now an annual event. As society modernizes, the original agrarian meaning has faded, and people now ask the gods for well-being and prosperity for the year ahead. Tamnaguk Ipchun Gutnori is the first such rite of spring held in Korea each year, pushing warm energy from the southern end of the country northerly

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over the peninsula. This traditional festival is an event to witness both the cultural distinctiveness and diversity of Jeju. Not only is Tamnaguk Ipchun Gutnori a unique festival to celebrate the coming of spring, but it also highlights the shared culture of Korea, China and Japan; in agrarian societies,

spring is important as it signifies the beginning of the farming season. Although the way people do so is different, both Chinese and Japanese celebrate this day. In China it is observed on Feb. 5 and is known as “Da chun,” when people whip an earthen ox figure. Japanese people celebrate “Setsubun” by

throwing roasted beans inside and outside of the house to cast evil away and bring good luck. Jeju’s tradition is distinct from the Korean mainland, as there the first full moon, Jeongwol Daeboreum, is marked by the Pungnong Gut; Ipchun, however, Continued on page 9


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As development continues unabated across the island, gotjawal the unique woodland habitat of Jeju - continues to beat a retreat. The World Conservation Congress (WCC), which rolled into town in Sept. 2012, could be its saving grace. The resulting Gotjawal Resolution - WCC-2012-Res-063 lays out the concrete steps to be taken to safeguard this precious ecosystem. Alongside placing obligations on the WCC to support the preservation of gotjawal, Article 2 â&#x20AC;&#x153;Urges the Government of the Republic of Korea, the Government of Jeju Special Self-Governing Province and the private sector conducting the developments to take active part in the Gotjawal Trust Movement, to establish long-term plans and to take immediate and practical

actions for the conservation of the gotjawal forest.â&#x20AC;? Despite the economy of the Jeju language - â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;gotâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; (woodland) and â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;jawalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; (rock) outline gotjawalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s key features - other descriptions are less succinct. The Jeju Dialect Dictionary vividly runs, â&#x20AC;&#x153;a forest where trees and vines are disorderly entangled.â&#x20AC;? More soberly, the WCC describes, â&#x20AC;&#x153;an area where there are irregular lava rocks regardless of the lavaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s property, diverse animals and plants exist, and where a unique ecological system is sustained with a high value in conservation.â&#x20AC;? Due to gotjawalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s inhospitable soils - it is old-growth forest shallowly rooted atop a volcanic rock shelf - the area was traditionally left uncultivated, as the hard lava formations meant any attempts at sowing were futile. In the 1980s, as technology improved, the rock began to be cleared and leisure

developments gathered apace. Golf courses and theme parks, for tourist dollars, now cover once pristine primary forest - never to return. The fingerprints of gotjawalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s molten genesis can be seen the way it snakes seaward, spreading fingerlike down the slopes of Mt. Halla. Although it once covered a much larger proportion of the island, areas still under woodland are a mere 6.1 percent, or 113..3 square kilometers. The four main areas of gotjawal are: Hankyung-Andeok in the southwest; Aewol in the northwest; Jocheon-Hamdeok in the northeast; and Gujwa-Seongsan in the west. The IUCN recognizes the biological, geological and cultural importance of gotjawal to the whole Jeju biosphere and laid down the gauntlet for action to be taken. Despite Jeju policymakers being more than willing to tout Jejuâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s green credentials, development continues to be a grave threat to the gotjawal and the traditional knowledge of the Jeju people. When it comes to gotjawal protection, Jeju is not yet out of the woods. The competing interests of developers and conservationists will continue to vie for favour with the Provinceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s planners long into the future. Only time will tell if the 2012 WCC Resolution will be enough to save this age-old woodland. To get involved in protecting Jejuâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s gotjawal please visit Gotjawal People at: www.gotjawal.com

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Haenyeo have held the fascination of artist Chang Ree-Suok for decades. Chang, born in Pyongyang in 1916, came to Jeju as a refugee during Koreaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s civil war in the 1950s. After four years he went to Seoul to live and work, maintaining his connection to Jeju. No feature of this island captured his imagination more than the diving women. Painting them repeatedly and well into his later years, he depicted the women not as young beauties in scanty clothing as did many of his era, but as robust older maternal figures with apparent confidence, competence, and independence. This omnipotent mother archetype is considered by critics to depict Changâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s longing for his lost homeland and family. Chang won presidential recognition for his work as early as 1958, received numerous awards, and had many students, all serving to make him one of Koreaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most beloved artists. At nearly 100 years of age, he survives today. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Chadoreeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Mother,â&#x20AC;? an exhibition of his haenyeo-themed work, is currently on display at Jeju Museum of Art in Jeju City. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Chadoree,â&#x20AC;? with its nuanced meaning of â&#x20AC;&#x153;strong child,â&#x20AC;? is the title

given to one of Changâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s more significant works (1985) and clearly indicates his overarching theme of â&#x20AC;&#x153;strong mother equals strong child.â&#x20AC;? The works in this exhibit, donated to the museum in 2007, are somewhat rough in the style of primitivism, a naĂŻve or folk art purposely rejecting the more structured European styles. At times his work is reminiscent of Gauginâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Tahitian women, while others bring to mind the works of Wyeth in his depictions of American prairie women. In addition to being muscular and middle-aged, his figures are often depicted with a dark complexion and even faceless at times, indicating â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Everywomanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; or the universality of his theme. Media include oils, pastels, and woodcut. Changâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s depictions of Jeju haenyeo, while more realistic than that of many other artists, are somewhat romanticized. Filled with maternal warmth, he nevertheless captures only positive aspects of community and character, without depicting the realities of their hard work and difficult life. It is possible Chang painted largely from memory, causing one scholar who viewed the exhibit to suggest that the artist may have never actually seen haenyeo at work. The repeated depiction of a small trident, a tool unknown to

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scholars of haenyeo study, is put forward as evidence for this. He is especially successful, however, in portraying the interconnectedness of haenyeo and their environment. The exhibition opened on Dec. 22 and runs through June 16. Jeju Museum of Art is located on the 1100 Road which runs between Jeju and Seogwipo cities,

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Since 2007, the world-renowned Olle trail has attracted millions of tourists from all over the globe. Along with other eco-trails around the world, such as El Camino Santiago, Spain, and New Zealandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Millford Trail, it has ushered in a new era of environmentally friendly tourism in Korea. However, Jeju Olle is more than just a green trail, as each Olle introduces unique aspects of Jeju culture and every course is a testament to Jejuâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ancestors. Recognising this, Jeju National Muse-

um is exhibiting pottery found along the Olle trails. By displaying the pottery discovered on archaeological sites along the Olle, the museum gives visitors the chance to feel the history and culture of Jeju, while enjoying the Olleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s beauty. The exhibits are divided into three main categories: celadon, white porcelain, and various other types of pottery. The celadon exhibits are from the Goryeo Dynasty, at which time Buddhism flourished, and this is reflected in the number of celadon tea bowls found in temples. Other commodities of the time were used only by the aristocratic class and the beautiful jade color and elaborate

inlaid designs of the pottery show their luxuriousness. The exhibition includes celadon excavated from Olle courses 7, 7-1, 17, and 18, all coming from sites that are presently, or were previously, temples. For example, the Maebyeong is from the 14th-century Beophwasa temple ruins in Seogwipo City. The celadon found there suggests that the temple was built even before the Yuan evaded Goryeo in the 13th century. The Maebyeongâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s original color has somewhat faded, but it still displays the immaculate curves and the reverberating jade hue that the Goryeo people were famed for at the time. Other celadon pieces and shards display unique prints and detailed inlaid designs. It is no exaggeration to say that white porcelain symbolizes the life, art and spirit of the Joseon dynasty. The clean and pure white porcelain reflects the values of Joseon Korea, as a Confucian society that emphasized knowledge and virtue. Ritual vessels were unearthed near the Jeongui-hyeon Government Office,

near Halla Arboretum and adjacent to Loveland. For more information visit: http:// jmoa.jeju.go.kr/ [Korean language only]. Dr. Hilty is a cultural psychologist from New York who now makes Jeju Island her home.

where walkers enjoy Olle course 3, and other artefacts showing the clarity and purity of Joseon vessels were also discovered on Olle courses 11 and 17, mostly where government offices used to stand. The last part of the exhibition focuses on various other examples of pottery. A Buncheong jar with incised peony flower design, from the Joseon dynasty in the 15th-16th century, is again representative of Joseon culture. The peony represented prosperity in China, and due to its emulation of Chinese culture, Joseon artisans often used peony flower designs on everyday items. Various porcelain items, for example, were used to press patterns into rice cake, which tells us how former Jeju residents made rice cake and the prints they preferred to put on their food. Visitors will note the beautiful and unique floral prints on porcelain shards, mostly using chrysanthemum, peony, lotus leaf, reed and others. This exhibition is very significant for the Olle trail, as it educates visitors about more than just the beautiful natural scenery. It is true that Olle trails have been criticized as lacking a meaningful message compared to other natural walking trails, however, this exhibition shows that the Olle network has profound stories to tell. Moreover, it shows that the Olle are places where Jeju islandersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; souls lie, revealing the true beauty of Jeju Island.

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08 Op-ed/My Jeju

The Jeju Weekly

January 2013

Holding hope for Jeju as an “Island of Arts and Culture” in 2013 By Lee Sunhwa FRQWULEXWRU#MHMXZHHNO\FRP

Cultural and artistic collaboration as an expression of love between the people of Jeju and others across the globe &RXQFLOORU/HH6XQKZD is the most VHHVDVDFUXFLDO authentic form \HDUIRUDUWDQGFXOWXUH of “The World RQ-HMX  Comes to Jeju, Photo courtesy RI /HH6XQKZD and Jeju Goes to the World.” It is my great desire that preservation of The Gallery: Casa del Agua will serve as a catalyst. The beautiful nature of Jeju, and Jeju people’s unique traditional culture, are impressive and have captured the attention of people around the world. Jeju people, however, for whom the nature, dialect and other features are very familiar and natural, tend to subcon-

sciously undervalue them as a result. The Jeju haenyeo, or women divers’ culture is an example. These brave women of Jeju embody the economic independence of Asia, from whom the world can learn. In Jeju, however, this diving is no longer considered a good job and the number of divers has gradually declined. It is therefore of foremost importance to obtain UNESCO protective listing for the haenyeo way of life, thus providing recognition and respect for this ‘mother’s culture,’ as an example of the cultural heritage of humanity. Inspired by the nature of Jeju Island, a variety of the world’s artists. including Mexican architect Ricardo Legorreta of Casa del Agua, have freely explored their creativity in Jeju. I hope that this will be the year in which their artwork can be preserved and respected. Furthermore, there is a growing number of immigrants residing here, and while their cultural backgrounds may be different from that of Jeju native people, they share an immense love for the island.

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We need a cooperative effort, now more than ever, to reach out to one another in order to coexist and communicate as one people, dreaming together of Jeju’s bright future. Jeju’s unique culture and traditions can be preserved side-by-side with cultural diversity, for true prosperity; in consistently working together while

acknowledging our differences, we can create a new culture. The 21st century zeitgeist is a spirit of cultural fusion which I embrace. Lee Sunhwa, Councilor, Provincial Council of Jeju Special Self-Governing Province; Member, Culture and Tourism Committee

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Furey events have become an integral part of the Jeju calendar and this Christmas saw the foundation chalk up another successful campaign as a donation drive for Jeju’s children saw 6,500,000 Won raised for four orphanages across the island. 270 children received gifts from ‘Furey Santas’ at four orphanages on Christmas Day and volunteers spent the day at two of the centers, celebrating with the children. Gifts included board games and clothing and, most importantly, the children were able to enjoy a day of fun and activities to mark the festive season. One Furey Santa for the day was longterm resident Sachin Mahajan, from Chicago, USA., who visited the Hongik Child Welfare Center in Samyang, Jeju City. He said the day embodied what was great about the Christmas spirit and giving to those in need. “It was especially moving for me to be Santa for the day. Seeing the looks of joy on the kids’ faces when they came up to receive their gifts is something I will not soon forget...I know we were there to brighten the holiday for the children, but I think we left feeling just as overjoyed,” said Mahajan. “It felt great to be able to give something back to the local community, especially around the holiday season. Christmas is a time for giving, after all,” he added.

March will see Jeju Furey mark its fourth year of fundraising for Jeju families and Mahajan is clear that it has come to be a unique bridge between the local and international community on Jeju. “Furey has done so many amazing things for the local residents. I feel very fortunate to be a small part of all the love and kindness that Furey brings to both the local and foreigner communities. It’s what makes Jeju special and why I know I will always be proud to call it home,” said Mahajan. The event was organized by Canadian Jeju resident, Troy MacLellan, who took the Furey reins for the donation drive. MacLellan said he knew he could count on the generosity of the Jeju community. “Time and time again, we see how the Jeju Island community feels about giving back. But it is more than that. It is also the people that used to live here and their families and friends who also give. We received donations from friends of friends, and aunts and uncles and cousins, people who have never stepped foot on the island,” MacLellan said. The Director of Hongik Child Welfare Center, Kim Sun Sil, was clear about what the show of support means for the island’s orphans. “The children were very happy and excited about the visit, especially as they could ask for their gifts in advance,” Kim said. “These children have few chances to go out shopping or dining during the holidays and often feel lonely. That’s why

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having a good time with the children is very important on such a special day,” she added. Although many volunteers visit the orphanages throughout the year, this was only the second time such an organized event had been held under the Furey banner. MacLellan said that the foundation is always on the lookout for worthy causes to support. “It began with Nathan’s sons and then evolved to include the Iho and Nohyeong families. The orphanage event began last Christmas with Dan Nabben, Furey founder, Julie Kertesz, Dan Quick, Susan

Shain, Andrea Johnsen and Andrea Bluteau going to the Hongik Center, but this year we decided to make it bigger,” said MacLellan. Bigger it certainly was, so much so that the donation target was met and comfortably exceeded. “We decided that every child and the two [regular] families would get a gift for Christmas. In the end, we accomplished what we set out to do and ended up with 54 extra donations. It was truly amazing the way everyone came together to make it happen in just three short weeks,” he added.

The Furey Foundation was founded in 2009 after Jeju-resident Nathan Furey, married father of two, lost his fight against sudden illness. His friends, led by Dan Nabben, banded together to provide an education fund for his two boys, Juno and Noah. Once this goal had been met, the energy of the movement meant that further beneficiaries were sought and the foundation went on to run a series of participative fundraising events. By participating in Jeju Furey events, or purchasing apparel or merchandise, supporters are able to contribute towards a sustainable standard of living for the beneficiaries of The Furey Foundation. For more information, or to get involved in future events, please visit http://jejufurey.weebly.com/.


The Jeju Weekly

January 2013

Smart Grid testbed on Jeju

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A Smart Grid is a smart electricity system which utilizes advanced IT to develop the existing power grid. Through implementation, information on energy supply becomes a two-way exchange, so that the system can control consumption and supply needs. The Smart Grid testbed was established in Dec. 2009 with a budget of around $200 million and is located in Gujwaeup; it is due to be completed in May 2013. About ten partners have been testing various technologies and developing business models at the testbed, with a total of 168 companies involved, including SKT, KT, LG, KEPCO, SK Energy, GS Caltex, Hyundai Heavy industries, and POSCO. The Korean government enacted the ‘low carbon, green growth’ law in 2011, which entered into force in April 2012. According to Article 39-1, the Korean government must decrease fossil fuel emissions incrementally and improve Contact

national energy independence. It urges the development of eco-friendly energy sources, such as solar energy, waste, bioenergy, wind, geothermal heat, tidal energy, fuel cell energy, hydrogen energy, and more. Jeju Island is an optimal area to test the project as it has abundant potential green energy supplies and it is easier to control the test area. According to the Director of the Smart Grid Division, Kang Si-Cheul, “Jeju province is trying to commercialize Smart Grid technologies, promote the export industry and lead global standardization. It will join forces with regional and global corporations and give them the best support possible.”

Smart Grid information centers

The Smart Grid Information Center at Gujwa-eup provides information in Korean, English, Chinese and Arabic. All information centers are open daily 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. except the Smart Grid Information Center (KEPCO), which is closed Mondays. For further information visit the website: http://smartgrid.jeju.go.kr/eng/

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Smart Grid Information Center (KEPCO)

575-4 Haengwon-ri, Gujwa-eup

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Tour: 40 min. - What is ‘Smart Grid’? - Video and model of test bed area - Electricity production experience corner - Prediction of life in 2030

SK Smart Grid experience hall

1645-1 Dongbok-ri Gujwa-eup

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Tour: 30 min. - Electric automobile driving experience

GS Caltex, KT Smart Grid experience hall

1350-4 Sehwa-ri, Gujwa-eup

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Tour: 20 min. - Experience a futuristic eco-friendly city

LG Smart Grid experience hall

Jeju Blue Sea Pension 180, Hado-ri, Gujwa-eup

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- Accommodation in a two-floor pension-type building (204m2) (300,000 Korean Won per night) - Experience smart accommodation

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Continued from page 5 is usually marked earlier than this. Thanks to preservation efforts, Tamnaguk Ipchun Gutnori is now held annually and Jeju people can maintain this traditional celebration. This makes the event distinct from mainland Korea, as there all that remains of the day is the affixing of a handwritten poster, “Ipchundaegil,” to the main gate of the house to bring luck. In Jeju, Tamnaguk Ipchun Gutnori is an authentic - if revived - traditional festival, where the rituals of Jeju shamanism, being the epitome of traditional

culture, are central themes. There are many so-called traditional festivals on Jeju which were actually created during the 1960s modernization period. For example: Seong-eup Jeonguigol Festival, a folk ritual of harvesting straw and burial ground stamping; Deoksu-ri Traditional Folk Festival, featuring traditional ironware making; and Tamna Cultural Festival, a kind of folk arts contest. Compared to these, despite nearly 80 years of rupture, Tamnaguk Ipchun Gutnori is a bona fide and deep-rooted traditional festival on the island. Therefore, it can be said that the traditional

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Nowadays, as technology and industry are developing, global warming is becoming a very serious problem for all countries. Two causes of global warming - methane and CO2 - come from many sources. About 30 percent of methane gas comes from cows and sheep, however, 50 percent of CO 2 comes from driving. How can we reduce our CO2 emissions from cars? For this, South Korea is researching and developing the electric car as part of a larger Smart Grid. We need oil to run cars and burning oil produces CO 2, however, using a Smart Grid electric car we can run cars on electricity and produce less CO2. Choe Yuen Joo, a public relations officer of the Smart Grid said, “the electric car only uses electricity to ride. So it doesn’t make CO2. If all of the people used electric cars, the whole world could reduce CO2 emissions.”

Also, electricity is much cheaper and cleaner than oil. It doesn’t break down easily and the price of electricity is cheaper than other fuels. However, this electric car also has negative points. Firstly, It takes a very long time to charge the battery. Choe said, “there are three ways of charging the battery. One is slow charging. It takes about four to five hours to charge but it’s very cheap. Another is fast charging. It only takes 30 minutes, but it’s very expensive. The other is home charging. It’s a little bit expensive but if we do it, we can charge the battery while we sleep.” Secondly, it will take time to become popular in Jeju City. When the first electric car appeared, only the rich were able to buy it even though it reduced CO2 emissions. Like this, the electric car has pros and cons, but it’s our job to overcome the cons and make the electric car popular. We can prevent global warming if all of us make an effort to reduce emissions.

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Electricity is absolutely essential to our daily lives. At work and at home, most goods we use run on electricity. Electricity use has increased greatly in recent decades. If the electricity supply can’t meet the increasing demand, many power plants will need to make more electricity. As a result, CO 2 emissions will increase, contributing to global warming. To solve this problem, there is renewable energy, but it also has some problems. Firstly, even though we use renewable energy, it must be integrated

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festival of Tamnaguk Ipchun Gutnori has contributed to cultural preservation by celebrating the cultural identity of the Jeju people. It also raises public awareness of the traditions of Jeju shamanism and enables performers and audience members to share - as well as to learn - the significance of traditional culture. For similar reasons, people emphasize the potential of the festival to represent ‘true’ Jeju tradition. For that, however, it must connect with other related traditions, such as Shingugan and village shrine rituals, while also encouraging people to voluntarily participate and

into the established electricity grid. Secondly, it’s affected by the weather. The Smart Grid is a system that makes renewable energy use more efficient. It updates existing facilities with cutting-edge IT to improve the management of the electricity supply. The Smart Grid test project was initiated in Gujwa-eup and is now active in parts of downtown Jeju City that have also been designated Smart Grid testbeds. The project consists of five domains: smart place, smart transportation, smart renewable, smart power grid, and smart electricity market. The whole system costs 239 billion won. At the KEPCO (Korea Electric Power Corporation) Experience Hall, a public relations center established by KEPCO in Gujwa-eup, you can experience several aspects of the Smart Grid, including a guided tour. According to the guide, some people may find the system awkward because it’s difficult for elderly people to use and high costs are also a factor. This leads to questions around whether these setbacks might outweigh the Smart Grid’s potential benefits. Only time will tell. If you want to get more information about the Smart Grid, visit the website: smartgrid.jeju.go.kr

share authentic meanings. Despite it being a traditional festival, Tamnaguk Ipchun Gutnori continues to evolve. Last year, the agriculture goddess, Jacheongbi, depicted on a giant traditional-style lamp, shone over the people gathered for the festival. Anticipation mounts each year; at Tamnaguk Ipchun Gutnori, enjoy the rite of spring. Hong Sun Young is a PhD candidate researching cultural preservation and the traditions of Jeju Island.


10 Jeju Flavor

The Jeju Weekly

January 2013

Jeju tangerine, Korean health food By Oh Young Ju Photo courtesy-HMX6SHFLDO6HOI*RYHUQLQJ3URYLQFH

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Koreans consume twice as many Jeju tangerines as they consume apples. Due to the high concentration of bioactive substances and vitamins, Jeju tangerines were long used for herbal medicines to enhance bodily functions and safeguarded Koreans from numerous diseases.

The history of Jeju tangerine cultivation

Jeju - with an average temperature of fifteen degrees celsius - provides the perfect environment for tangerine cultivation and the island is established as the nation’s center for tangerine production. According to the historical records of the ancient Korean state of Goryeo, Jeju even then provided the bulk of the tangerine crop throughout the entire nation. However, tangerine production was systematized and officially promoted during the Joseon Dynasty, between the 13th and 19th centuries. Jeju tangerines were presented to the royal family every fall and winter and forty stations were established to control tangerine production and consumption. Even the peel and seeds were sun-dried and processed for use in oriental medicine. Jeju tangerines became more available to commoners during the Japanese colonial era, when the colonists brought a new breed of tangerine tree to Seogwipo for cultivation.

Jeju tangerine as a health food

17th century Joseon medical book, Dong-yi-bo-gam, specifically highlights the positive health benefits of Jeju tangerines, including, but not limited to, treating coughs and scurvy, in addition to preventing several minor ailments, such as colds. Recent research regarding the tangerine’s bioactive compounds and nutrients further reinforces its renown as a Korean health food. ߏPrevention of arteriosclerosis: a component called pyridine that produces the tangerine’s bitter taste prevents arteriosclerosis, a leading cause of heart disease and stroke. ߏPrevention of obesity: enzymes in Jeju tangerines increase the body’s natural metabolism. ߏPrevention of lifestyle diseases: the xanthophylls abundant in Jeju tangerines combats degenerative diseases like cancer and diabetes by preventing oxidation of our body cells.

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Professor Oh Young Ju is a Hotel Food Management Professor at Jeju Halla College and an expert in traditional Jeju food.

How to make marmalade 1 Peel Jeju tangerines. 2 Slice tangerine peels and boil them. 3 Boil down peels and add fresh tangerines, with lemon juice, and sugar. 4 Put the marmalade mix in a sterilized bottle and store it in the refrigerator. Photo courtesy-HMX6SHFLDO 6HOI*RYHUQLQJ3URYLQFH DJULFXOWXUDOUHVHDUFK H[WHQVLRQ VHUYLFHV

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The Jeju Weekly

January 2013

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“Jeju Fire Festival” will be held from Mar. 8 to Mar. 10 Jeju’s representative festival, Jeongwol Daeboreum Fire Festival, will be moved from February to March this year. According to a press release from the Jeju City government, the festival will be held Mar. 8 Mar. 10 at Saebyeol Oreum. The name of the festival has been changed this year to “Jeju Fire Festival.” Previous festivals were mostly held in February to celebrate Jeongwol Daeboreum, the first full moon of the lunar calendar. However, the festival faced problems due to the poor weather conditions. Participants and tourists experienced difficulties accessing the site due to road conditions, and high winds made lighting the fire dangerous. Jeju City decided to change the time of the event to minimize such inconvenience. This year’s festival will mark Kyungchip, on March 5 (Jan. 18 in the lunar calendar). This is the day on which insects are traditionally believed to appear from holes in the earth. Since the first event in 1997, Jeju City has annually altered the festival’s program to keep pace with current festival trends and attract locals and tourists, alike. The festival has been commended as one of the best festivals in Korea, by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, for three years running. The main theme of this year’s festival will be “Safety, Health and Healing.”

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Penguin swimming festival

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The 14th Seogwipo Penguin Swim took place on Jan. 5 at Jungmun Beach in Seogwipo City. An estimated 600 participants, tourists, locals and military personnel dashed into the cold winter sea with hope for a dynamic start to 2013.

The local government reshuffles public officials in anti-corruption effort As a result of Jeju government receiving the lowest ranking in an anti-corruption evaluation last year, the provincial government is pushing for a personnel reshuffle within various divisions to aid anti-corruption efforts. Under this plan, a task force team exclusively dedicated to monitoring public employees will be

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established and managed directly by the vicegovernor. The Jeju Provincial Audit and Inspection Commission will also organize a special inspection team within the first half of this year to monitor public workers all year round. A personnel reshuffle this year will focus on preventing corruption, such as wining and dining, special favors, and bribery. This will be partly achieved by re-posting individuals who have worked for more than three years in the departments responsible for approval, permission, accounting, contracting, construction and civil engineering. Government officials say divisions which deal with developers and civil petitioners, which are more likely to be involved in illegal corruption activities, will be under special scrutiny.

First published in Jan. 2011, the new year marks the second anniversary of The Jeju Weekly’s Chinese edition, “Jeju ju-gan” (“㋙᪳઄۳”). The Chinese-language newspaper is now distributed to 60 countries worldwide and its online readership is spread across 49 countries. The monthly publication is provided in-flight on Korean Air’s Jeju-Beijing route and through a Memorandum of Understanding with Chinese newspaper “The People’s Daily,” writers and stories are shared across both news outlets. The newspaper’s success is sure to continue as the number of Chinese visitors and residents increases on Jeju Island. Please visit the homepage: http://www.jejuchina. net/

“Jeju Travel Guide” Jeju’s first Chinese newspaper, smartphone service launched “Jeju ju-gan,” celebrates its Jeju Special Self-Governing Province has developed a foreign language “Jeju Travel Guide” second anniversary mobile app service, which was rolled out on Jan. 7. In addition to the foreign language services provided at www.jeju.go.kr, a ‘Homepage Business Sophistication’ marketing approach has been active since May last year, resulting in the mobile app. It provides practical information about traveling around Jeju in English and Chinese. The app provides travel information about Jeju, such as, attractions, activities, accommodation, and food and shopping. It also links directly to the Korea Tourist Service, at 1330, and users can speak to English-, Japanese- or Chinese-speaking operators. The provincial government has targeted the app at international visitors and residents and it can be downloaded via smartphone application stores free of charge.


12 Community Calendar

The Jeju Weekly

January 2013

Through the lens

A snow-covered stone wall winds its way between two Jeju fields. Photo courtesy Jeju Special Self-Governing Province

Community Calendar Exhibitions Unraveling the Mystery of Davinciâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Note

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