Attraction Jeju Special Self-Governing Province Seogwipo-si Beophwan-dong 914 Published on: 13-11-2015
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Why Jeju World Cup Stadium is special ?
Jeju World Cup Stadium is a sports arena constructed for the 2002 World Cup which South Korea jointly hosted with continental neighbours Japan. Located in Seogwipo on the small island of Jeju-do, the stadium was designed to imitate the opening of a Volcano reflecting the island’s natural environment. It is currently home to Jeju United FC.
It was designed in the shape of the mouth of a volcano and its roof in the shape of nets of traditional fishing boats in Jeju. The stadium was built 14m below ground level to endure strong winds. Jeju is the most famous tourist attraction in Korea, so there are many places of interest like Mt. Hallasan, Seongsan Ilchulbong Peak, Yeomiji Botanical Gardens and Jungmun Beach.
What to explore at Jeju World Cup Stadium?
The roof of Jeju World Cup Stadium is in the form of nets of traditional fishing boats in Jeju. Jeju hosted several matches of the FIFA World Cup 2002, after which about 7,000 changeable seats on the upper eastern stand were transferred to the Gangchanghak Practice Stadium, making the total seating capacity in the main stadium 35,657. It is home of the Jeju United FC, currently playing in the K-League Classic.References제주 월드컵 경기장, New 제주의 새로운 상징 - Dream stadium of K-LeagueExternal links Jeju Tour Information Center Jeju Tour Information Center Jeju Athletic Association Center Jeju United Official Site World Stadiums
The high-tech facility outside the stadium help make an emergency exit easy and access for disabled people is well planned.
How to get to Jeju World Cup Stadium?
Take Airport Limousine Bus 600 from Jeju International Airport to Jeju World Cup Stadium (Travel time: 60min)
Traveler Reviews for Jeju World Cup Stadium
- A gigant clam!
- Pretty cool design
- Excellent Stadium - Venue for 2002 FIFA World Cup
- Architecturally Futuristic
- Just a stadium.... but a footballer's paradise....
Jeju Special Self-Governing Province Seogwipo-si Beophwan-dong 914
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“Just a stadium.... but a footballer's paradise....” It's just a stadium with some architectural appeal but the shape tells a story, which is interesting. Try telling any football aficionado that it just a stadium and you will get howls of protest! From the 2002 FIFA World Cup it is designed around "the mouth of a volcano " and its roof in the shape of nets of traditional fishing boats in Jeju. So looking at it in that respect makes it more interesting. It was not open when we visited as of course there are no games here at the moment (although open during the summer months) so it was like looking into a fish bowl without the fish. Outside the stadium are many stone crafted 'dol hareubangs ' carved from porous basalt (volcanic rock). The statues' faces feature grinning expressions and bulging eyes without pupils, a long, broad nose, and slight smile and their hands rest on their bellies. These are quite common throughout Jeju and can be quite comic and a little suggestive! Have a peek here if in the area just to have at look at the stadium design and also the rock statues. Enjoy your visit!