Culture ministry adds 10 more eco-tourism sites
May 17, 2010
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<|
By Kim Hee-sung
Korea.net Staff Writer
Department Global Communication and Contents Division