Jeollanamdo Strawberries from Damyang secured variety protection right in EU until 2040

Damyang is a county in northern Jeollanamdo and it is famous for its sweet strawberries. Now, their strawberry breeds “jukhyang” and “damhyang” have secured variety protection right in the EU for the next 20 years until 2040. By this, jukhyang and damhyang become the first Korean strawberries to have received variety protection rights by the European Community Plant Variety Office. This decision will lay the ground for further entry of Jeollanamdo’s strawberries on the European market.

The term ‘Variety protection’ means the rights to multiply, produce, export or import seeds of a protected variety for commercial use in the world market, or to make an offer for transfer and rental belong solely to the breeder. Therefore securing the breeder a monopoly position to manage and control the distribution of their product.

Strawberries from Jeollanamdo are widely popular because of their sweet taste and low costs. So far Korean strawberries are being exported to over 20 countries all around the world. Among the biggest importers are Hong Kong and Singapore. Now, as the strawberries breeds damhyang and jukhyang are protected in Europe, the exports and sells of strawberries from Jeollanamdo are expected to grow further.

Jeollanamdo aims at Amazon exports worth 5 million dollars

The government of Jeollanamdo held its first export shipping ceremony of 2021, as the first container, carrying 246,000 dollar worth of Jeollanamdo’s products, was sent off to the USA. Products shipped on that day include processed abalone and organic seaweed.

Lee Sang-jin, international cooperation officer of Jeollanamdo, said, “With the aim of exporting $5 million this year, we plan to add more than 50 products and open new Jeollanamdo brand stores on Amazon in three countries including Canada and the United Kingdom.”

The Jeollanamdo brand is entering its second year in the United States and the province is eager to expand to markets in Europe and Canada. The province is giving selected items a comparative advantage by directly promoting the products without costly middle men and therefore ensuring fair prices for the customers as well as fair payment for the producers.

President Moon unveils plans for world’s largest wind farm in Jeollanamdo

On February 5th, South Korean President Moon Jae-in unveiled the investment agreement to form the world’s largest offshore wind farm in Sinan-gun, Jeollanamdo. The wind farm will be located off the coast of Sinan-gun, a county consisting of over 1000 islands, just west of the coast of Mokpo and Yeongam county. According to President Moon, the city of Mokpo will become the logistics hub, while large manufacturing complexes will be build in Yeongam and Sinan to produce the needed equipment.

The wind farm to be built on the waters off Sinan will be as much as seven times the size of the world’s current largest wind power complex. The 8.2 gigawatts of electricity to be generated here is equivalent to the capacity of six new Korean nuclear power reactors combined. This immense amount of electricity can meet the needs of every household in Seoul and Incheon. 

President Moon Jae-in

The agreement includes a 48 trillion Won investment plan as well as a plan to create about 120,000 jobs in Jeollanamdo by 2030. The wind farm is part of the President’s Korean New Deal, a plan to focus investments on technologies which help to move the country towards carbon neutrality by 2050.

Read President Moon Jae-in’s speech in full here.

Further information on the Korean New Deal plan by President Moon Jae-in can be found on the website of the Korean Ministry of Economy and Finance. The Ministry provides a detailed English booklet explaining the Korean New Deal. It can be downloaded here.

Governor Kim Yung-rok meets Einar H. Jensen, Ambassador of Denmark to the Republic of Korea

Governor Kim Yung-rok greets the Ambassador of Denmark to the Republic of Korea Einar H. Jensen at Jeollanamdo Provincial Office’s reception room on January 26th

On Tuesday, January 26th, 2021, Kim Yung-rok, Governor of Jeollanamdo held a meeting with Danish ambassador to Korea, Einar Jensen at the Jeollanamdo Provincial Office in Muan. They discussed possible ways to co-operate, especially in the field of the renewable energy industry, including offshore wind power.

In the second meeting since February last year, there was a deeper conversation between the provincial and Danish governments on ways to develop the renewable energy industry as a whole.
Governor Kim also delivered a letter to Jesper Frost Rasmussen, the Mayor of Esbjerg, the center city of the Danish offshore wind power industry, which the Governor inspected in January last year.

COVID-19 Information Guideline on South Korea

South Korea is regarded as one of the most successful countries tackling the COVID-19 pandemic. Currently the daily number of new cases varies between 300 – 600. Especially the province Jeollanam-do has very low numbers of new cases. These numbers vary between 0 and 5 per day in Jeollanam-do (as of the beginning of 2021).

Visa Application

The South Korean government has suspended visa-free entry and visa-waiver programs for nationals of countries imposing entry bans on Koreans. Therefore, in order to visit Jeollanam-do and South Korea, regardless of the purpose, one has to obtain a visa through the local Korean embassy.

Upon Arrival

As of January 8th, 2021, all foreign residents entering Korea, must provide a negative COVID-19 PCR test certificate. A negative COVID-19 PCR test certificate is deemed valid only when issued within 72 hours prior to departure.

Furthermore, all inbound travelers, including Korean citizens, must quarantine themselves for 14 days upon their arrival in Korea.

    1. Korean nationals and foreign nationals who reside in Korea will self-quarantine at their place of residence for 14 days.

    2. Foreign nationals who are short-term visitors in Korea, Korean nationals and/or foreign residents whose place of residence is deemed not suitable for quarantine, will serve the quarantine at a designated government facility at their own cost (KRW2,100,000 per person).


   1. A-1, A-2 and A-3 visa holders with negative test results from COVID-19 diagnostic testing will be subjected to “Active Monitoring” (instead of 14 days quarantine), which includes daily submission of health status information via the ‘Self Diagnosis App’ and phone calls from health authorities throughout their stay in Korea.

    2. Travelers who received Quarantine Exemption Certificate from the Embassy of the Republic of Korea before the trip. ​

(information provided by Ministry of Foreign Affairs)

How to get to Jeollanam-do

As of June 2020, all direct KTX and express buses from Incheon International Airport to Jeollanam-do are being suspended. If arriving at Incheon International Airport travelers must take a shuttle bus from the airport to Gwangmyeong Station where they can transfer to a KTX to Jeollanam-do. After departing the KTX in Jeollanam-do, one is being directly transferred to the designated quarantine facility.

For further information please visit the official website of the South Korean government providing current status & useful guidelines regarding COVID-19:

For further information on how to apply for a visa for Korea, please contact your local Korean embassy or visit the website of Korea Immigration Service:

Food products from Jeollanamdo in Europe

Products from Jeollanamdo will be available for purchase on Amazon Europe in the near future. Jeollanamdo has registered their own brand in America and is currently in the process of registering it in the EU and the UK. Under the slogan “Jeollanamdo The Kitchen of Korea” various food products from Jeollanamdo are already being sold in America through Amazon and there are plans, to do the same here in Europe.  
For now, the plan is to make about 60 different food products from Jeollanamdo available in Europe through Amazon, and make Jeollanamdos food products better available for the public in Europe, without expensive shipping costs. The products will be available on Amazon here in Europe, the latest at the beginning of next year.

In America the products are already available through Amazon here

South Koreas biggest wind farm in Jeollanamdo

In April 2019 South Koreas biggest wind farm opened in Yeonggwang, Jeollanamdo. It was constructed by Korea East-West Power Co., a subsidiary of KEPCO, the state-run power utility corporation.

It is South Koreas largest 140-megawatt (MW) wind farm and capable of producing 260,000 megawatt-hour electricity annually. The wind farm can supply about 72,000 households, and in terms of reducing carbon dioxide emissions, it is expected to reduce about 111,000 tons of carbon dioxide emissions.

The wind farm was completed in three stages. The first two facilities were completed in 2014 and 2015 with 20 MW and 40 MW capacity, and in 2019 in the third stage, the last facility with 79.6 MW capacity was completed, making it a wind farm with about 140 MW in total.

To build the complex 409.7 billion won were spent. The complex will be overseen by 45 locally-hired employees and it houses 66 wind power turbines from local companies.

The complex is also special, since it is the first wind farm, where farmers can use the land between the wind turbines to grow crops or vegetables or use the space for other purposes.

Source: Pulse