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Cheju Island blessed with such natural scenery is well known as the Honeymoon island and has also been called an island of Fantasy and the Home of Gods Cheju Island is famous as a Mecca for honeymooners and the islands sightseeing spots are often crowed with young married couples Its also the nations most popular tourist destination a warmer home to beaches forests and the volcanic Mount Halla at 6435 feet 1950 meters the countrys highest peak History dwells here too Mongol invaders bred horses on the island seven centuries ago Shipwrecked Dutch sailors landed in 1653 and after enduring more than a decade of captivity escaped to bring the West its first accounts of the mysterious Korean peninsula Traditionally in contrast to the Korean peninsula women have had an equal role as breadwinners on the island Chejus most famous workers are several thousand women who dive in wet suits for sea urchins and abalone But the tradition is fading The islands savvy money-making today disguises an often unhappy past It was once a penal colony and home of exiles including the 17th-century King Kwanghaegun who was ousted and forced to drink a bowl of lethal poison by his usurpers Tens of thousands of people died in a 1948 communist uprising against Syngman Rhee who soon took power as president from an American military government Two years later Soviet- and China-backed communist North Korea invaded South Korea which was supported by US-dominated forces of the United Nations That war dragged on for three years Cheju Island has been developed as a tour city even though it has painful pastI found some travelogues that depict what they saw what they felt with their own experiences I will also analyze those travelogues what Cheju Island gives significances to them and why they call the island of Fantasy I read Lee Sun-Mis travelogue that I can debate her identity and experience She is 28 years old employed woman
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