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International Symposium on the Return of Bees to Overcome the Climate Crisis - Field Trip to explore beekeeping in Seoul, Pocheon and the DMZ

As part of the “International Symposium on the Return of Bees to Overcome the Climate Crisis”, on the 27th of June the Hanns Seidel Foundation co-hosted, together with the Slovenian Embassy and Korean Rural Cooperation, a field trip to explore beekeeping in Seoul, Pacheon and the DMZ.

The Field Trip began by meeting Jin Park from Urban Bees Seoul in Seoul Forest where he introduced their bee conservation efforts in this public space provided by the city since 2013, aiming to protect bees, promote urban beekeeping, and foster awareness. The area features over 200 species of trees and flowers, providing a diverse ecosystem. They observed various bees and witnessed a member dealing with hornet threats, critical to bee survival.

Afterwards the group visited the Odusan Unification Tower, which serves as an observatory and educational center. For the delegation, the observation on the third floor was a highlight of visiting the tower since it offered a clear sight of North Korean territory. A town, people, and fields were visible since the weather was clear that day. Visitors can see the drum of reunification and the monument for unification. Cho Man-Sik, an ardent proponent of independence, is honored with a statue that can be found at the observatory as well.

 

 

The next stop, located in the demilitarized zone, was a beekeeping farm where they observed colonies and discussed beekeeping techniques despite challenges like the impending monsoon season.

 

The Field Trip ended with a tour around Kotsam Foods Co., Ltd. in Pocheon-si. After a welcome speech from President Lee Sang Gap, an employee gave an introduction to their products as well as the company’s charity work and technology of how to protect bees from giant hornets. The participants where able to observe honey quality testing and learned about the company's products, charity work, and hornet control technologies.