Monday, 10 June 2013

Jeju - Battle of the islands

In a previous blog I compared Jeju Island (where I happen to be sitting at the moment) with the Isle of Wight (where I happen to come from) and I have been requested to make this comparison a little clearer. My point was that they are both holiday islands. Here are some data:


Jeju Island, South Korea

Isle of Wight, United Kingdom

Age and composition

Formation: created from volcanic eruptions about 2 million years ago

Size (area km2)


380 (21% of Jeju).

Annual Average Temperature





132,731 (23% of Jeju)

Number of associated islands

90 (8 occupied and 82 unoccupied islands)

The British Mainland (5 miles away)
Annual number of tourists

(2010) : 7,570,000 (6.8 Korean and 770,000 non-Korean tourists)
2,700,000 (35% Jeju figure)


nine geological sites have  received recognition as UNESCO Global Geoparks from the UNESCO Global Geoparks Network (GGN)
Slightly more than half of the island, mainly in the west, is designated as the Isle of Wight Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

So in conclusion: Jeju is some 5 times bigger than the IoW (and a little warmer on average, although I understand there are often deep snows here in the winter) but proportionately the tourist aspect is quite comparable.

Happy Scientists look forward to day off

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