September, 2018
Jeju island, South Korea
Technology driven and intelligent community of smart Korean people
Everyone calls Jeju Island as a paradise with dark side
With an area of 1,849 km² Jeju province encompasses extremely beautiful beach resorts, volcanic landscape of craters, cavelike lava tubes and massive amount of electric cars.

Nicknamed the Hawaii of South Korea, Jeju was declared one of the New Seven Wonders of Nature in a 2011 global poll.

South Korea's only special autonomous province aims to be carbon-free by 2030, by replacing fossil fuels with hydro­power, wind and solar energy. The United Nations added Jeju to its world network of biosphere reserves in 2002; it became a World Natural Heritage Site in 2007 and a Global Geopark in 2010. Today, half of all electric cars in the country are registered in the province and last month, a fleet of 20 eBuses was introduced to neighbouring Udo Island.

English isn't widely spoken on Jeju. Even the local dialect is different enough from Korean that it's recognised as a distinct language. I flew to Jeju due to grandiose developers' forum called Upbit Developers Conference hosted by Dumanu INC. It was really great to connect with high profile and talented Blockchain developers, service providers, and enthusiasts.

One of those bright talents with whom I got connected personally was Dawn Song - Founder & CEO of Oasis Labs. Dawn has spent significant time researching and building security and privacy technologies, specifically in the areas of software, networking, distributed systems, applied cryptography, blockchains, smart contracts, and machine learning. She has been recognized for contributions in computer security through numerous prestigious awards.

Edvard Greve - CTO of IOTA. He has been a software developer for a number of years, most recently at WillowTree Apps in North Carolina, where he worked on cutting edge digital products for nationally and internationally recognizable brands, such as CBC and National Geographic.

Jae-hyun Park - one of the amazing professionals and CEO of Lambda256. Actually Jay invited our team to enjoy this high calibre tech summit. I was truly impressed by the vividness of this occasion. Every step had been well-thought and elaborated and couldn't find any failures in the organization process.

Let me finish from what I started so why so many bloggers and media officers highlighted that Jeju Island can definitely steal your heart but there are unsaid and sad stories behind this landscape. As you know that many haenyeo suffer from chronic health problems, including headaches, ear dis­comfort, loss of hearing and an over-reliance on painkillers. Between 2009 and 2014, 46 women died from serious diving-related conditions such as blackouts, hypothermia and heart attacks. There are lots of women free scuba divers in the island and they are foremost the preservers of the nature. My big respect to such women and also my heart is crying for their boldness.

So, thanks for everyone who joined this unusual trip and shared all these valuable moments with my world.

"My favourite place in South Korea is Jeju Island: it's a tropical paradise with sandy beaches, turquoise waters, and the magnificent Geomunoreum lava tube system of underground caves."
Lee Hyeon-seo

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