Monday, May 17, 2010

South Korean Culture ministry adds 10 more eco-tourism sites

The South Korean Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism added 10 more locations to its list of eco-tourism sites in Korea. The sites are categorized under four themes: old roads, roads that hold historical significance, roads for experiencing art culture and roads for experiencing “slow cities.”

The old roads (or “-gil in Korean) include: “ttangkkeut-gil” IN Haenam County, Jeollanam-do (South Jeolla Province); “Sojoryeong-gil” that stretches from Goesan County to Chungju City in Chungcheongbuk-do (North Chungcheong Province) and Mungyeong City in Gyeongsangbuk-do (North Gyeongsang Province); and “Daegwallyeong Neomeo-gil” that stretches from Gangneung City to Pyeongchang County in Gangwon-do (Gangwon Province).

The historical roads include “Baek-eui-jonggun-ro” that runs through the counties of Sancheong and Hadong in Gyeongsangnam-do (South Gyeongsang Province), once trod by the great admiral Yi Sun-shin (1545-1598); “Toseong Sanseong (Toseong Fortress) Eo-wul-gil” that links Mongchon Toseong (Mongchon Clay Castle) and Namhan-sanseong (Namhan Fortress); and Soedullae Pyeonghwa Nuri-gil (Iron-girthed Peace Road) along the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ).

The art culture roads are “Toyeong-gil” in Tongyeong, Gyeongsangnam-do (South Gyeongsang Province), and Barae-gil in Namhae, with its exposed mud flats.

For “slow city” roads there are two: “Cheongsan-yusu-gil” in Wando County and “Jeungdo Mosil-gil” in Shinan County, both in Jeollanam-do.

The government first designated eco-tourism roads in May 2009. The culture ministry at the time announced seven eco-tourism sites, including the road up Sobaeksan Mountain and Nadeul-gil in Ganghwa-do as promising roads for a new kind of tourism. The ministry plans to extend the Sobaeksan Jarak-gil from 57.5 kilometers to 132.5 kilometers and Ganghwa Nadeul-gil from 40.7 kilometers to 99.7 kilometers respectively. “We will minimize artificial touches to the roads so that they will stay as natural as possible,” said a ministry spokesperson.

These are some of the selected photographs I am posting here but for more further details you can go to the original link :

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