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Ecotourism at the Saemangeum Lake in Jeollabuk-do

In 2020, the tourism pattern in South Korea has changed and the demand for green tourism is increasing amidst the COVID-19 pandemic resulting in needs for new innovative project ideas.

Already on September 18, the Jeollabuk-do Ecotourism Sustainable Center (JBESC) visited HSF Korea and proposed the Jeonbuk Saemangeum Green Tourism Monitoring Plan, resulting in a future cooperation plan. Hence, following the meeting HSF Korea and JBESC agreed to hold an offline workshop on the spot to re-evaluate Saemangeum’s ecological value from a recovery point of view.

Therefore, from October 26 to 27, 2020, HSF Korea, JBESC, local experts and the international amphibian expert, Professor Amaël Borzée from Nanjing Forestry University participated in a workshop to observe ecological transition of the Agricultural Areas in Saemangeum.

Saemangeum Project unfolds around a very complex plan for the usage of the area. A Flood Control Bank is built on the outer rim of the development site to reduce any harm to farmland. From and to this bank, a two-lane road and small parks are to be built, considering water-friendly and ecological environment. Furthermore, within the framework of an agricultural science site, an eco-friendly high quality modern agricultural industrial basis as well as an export-friendly basis, R&D and agricultural service support, farming village ecological tourism basis, bio-crop complex, and an agricultural city are planned to be built and installed during the progress of the project.


Ultimately, the surroundings of this area are supposed to function as an agricultural science site for diverse convergence and a farming village tourism complex. Finally, the management of breakwater is also a major concern of Saemangeum Project, including the environmental management of Saemangeum Lake.

For more detailed information about the working progress of the Saemangeum Project, please visit its official website.