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Culture ministry adds 10 more eco-tourism sites

The 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.


Eco Tourism Road



Old Road Ttangkkeut-gil (48 km) Haenam County, Jeollanam-do It’s the start point of Samnamdae-ro, a road that links from Haenam to Hanyang (Seoul), the capital city of the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910)
Old Road Sojoryeong-gil (36 km) Goesan, Chungju (Chungcheongbuk-do) & Mungyeong (Gyeongsangbuk-do) Road Museum, Mungyeong Saejae (mountain pass), Chungryeol Buddhist Temple etc.
Old Road Daegwallyeong Neomeo-gil (48 km) Gangneung city & Pyeongchang County, Gangwon-do Village of martyr Sim Stephano, birthplace of Heo Nanseolheon, Gyeongpodae etc.,
Historic Road Baek-eui-jonggun-ro (18 km) Sancheong and Hadong County, Gyeongsangnam-do Admiral Yi Sun-shin's trail of suffering
Historic Road Toseong Sanseong (Fortress) Eo-wul-gil (19.6 km) Gwangju city and Hanam city of Gyeonggi-do & Songpa-gu, Seoul Mongchon Clay Fortress ~ Songnaecheon Stream ~ Namhan Fortress
DMZ historic road Soedullae Peace Nuri-gil (27km) Cheorwon County, Gangwon-do Ruins of the office of the Korean Workers’ Party, Seungil-gyo Bridge, Hantan River, Goseokjeong Pavilion etc.,
Culture & art experience road on southern coast Toyeong Ilya-gil (25 km) Tongyeong City, Gyeongsangnam-do Roadways frequented by famous Korean artists and writers of modern days, Mireuk-do Island and so on.,
Culture & art experience road on southern coast Namhae Barae-gil (55 km) Namhae County, Gyeongsangnam-do Jigget-gil in Gacheon Daraeng-i Village, Haebichi Village, Dongdaeman mud flats and so on,
Slow city road Cheongsan Yeosu-gil (19.4km) Wando County, Jeollanam-do Cheongsan-do Harbor, movie, Mongdol Beach etc.
Slow city road Jeungdo Mosil-gil (42.7 km) Shinan County, Jeollanam-do Haesong Forest, Cheonil Salt Pond<

Ganghwa Nadeul-gil Road

Namhae Barae-gil Road

Daegwallyeong Neomeo-gil Road

Ttangkkeut gil Road

Baek-eui-jonggun-ro Road

Sojoryeong-gil Road

Sobaeksan jarak-gil Road

Soedullae Peace Nuri-gil Road (DMZ)

Jeungdo Mosil-gil Road

Cheongsanyeosu-gil Road

Toseongsanseong Eo-wul-gil Road

Toyeong Ilya-gil Road

By Kim Hee-sung Staff Writer

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