Banwol Island at the south-east of Jeollanamdo, in Shinan County, widely known as “Purple Island” has been designated as one of 44 Best Tourism Villages by the UNWTO on Wednesday, Dec. 2nd in Madrid. Along with the Purple Island, Ungok Village in Gochang, North Jeolla Province was chosen as well.
The villages were evaluated based on a set of nine criterias, including social and environmental sustainability and Health, Safety and Security.
The Best Tourism Villages by UNWTO initiative was launched to advance the role of tourism in safeguarding rural villages, along with their landscapes, natural and cultural diversity, and their local values and activities, including local gastronomy.
UNWTO, Dec. 2nd, 2021
This award is proof of the efforts made by the local and provincial government of Jeollanamdo to boost tourism and revitalize the region. The project began in 2007 when the island suffered from issues created by an aging population. Inspired by the local purple bellflowers, the roofs of buildings and bridges connecting the island were painted in purple. In addition the local government planted 30,000 asters and 21,500 square meters of lavender fields to make Banwoldo a truely Purple Island.
By now, The Purple Island is one of Jeollanamdo’s must-visit places and attracts around 5,000 visitors each weekend, according to Shinan County.
Jeongnamjin Nonghyup Rice Association Co., Ltd. sent off its first shipment of rice to Europe through Austria based importer and wholesaler Panasia on Tuesday (Nov. 23rd). This first shipment includes 1000 bags of 10 kg packages of Aremi Premium Short Grain Rice from Jangheung County, which is considered as one of Jeollanamdo’s most premium rice producers.
The bags will be available through Panasia’s own Sunrise Supermarket in Vienna and exports are scheduled to be 10 ton-shipments of 10 kg packages of rice every month in the future.
Rice in Jeollanamdo
Jeollanamdo produces about 20 % of South Korea’s total rice, it has the largest rice while at the same time it has one of the lowest production outcome per 10 a. For the rice producers in Jeollanamdo quality is more important than quantity. No other region in Korea produces more organic rice and organic food than Jeollanamdo. Therefor the farmers take great pride in their high quality rice.
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Hyundai Steel and POSCO, Korea’s two largest steel manufacturers are starting a joint project in order to recycle seashells for producing steel. So far steelmakers rely on limestone in order to break down iron ore into fine pieces. However, Hyundai Steel and POSCO aim to go greener and as South Korea alone produces over 300,000 tons of discarded seashells every year, the companies plan to recycle them as a replacement for limestone.
Just as limestone, seashells are made mostly of calcium carbonate. So far it was not sure whether or not seashells could be used in the same way as limestone in order to produce steel, as so far no technology existed to extract the needed substance from the seashells. However, thanks to years of research by Jeollanamdo based company Yeosu Bio, engineers came up with the necessary technology on behalf of the two steel giants.
This new technology is hoped to help solve environmental issues connected to steel production and to help the two companies to ensure carbon neutrality in the future.
Moreover, their main steel plant, which is also the largest steel plant in the world is located in the Gwangyang Bay Area in the southern part of Jeollanamdo. Therefore, Jeollanamdo will play an important role in the upcoming greener production of steel.
More information on the Gwangyang Bay Area Free Economic Zone can be found here.
On September 7th, the first Jeollanamdo shop-in-shop opened in Europe at Panasia Asia Food Center in Vienna. The Shop-in-Shop offers some of the finest products from the Jeollanamdo region which is well known for its rice, grain, vegetables and seaweed. For the opening ceremony several high-ranking representatives of Korean companies and politics in Vienna were invited to cut ribbons to formally open Jeollanamdos first shop in Europe.
Panasia is one of Europe’s biggest importers of Korean and Asian food products and is running local stores across various cities in Europe, including Vienna, Austria and Frankfurt, Germany. Panasia became the first offline-partner of Jeollanamdo in Europe and is aiming to import more and more products from Jeollanamdo.
The Jeollanamdo shop offers various products, including rice, grain, seaweed and green tea from Jeollanamdo’s famous green tea plantations in Boseong County. As Chuseok (Korean Thanksgiving) is coming closer, Ddeok, a Korean traditional rice cake, also becomes available at Panasia, imported directly from Jeollanamdo.
We are the Jeollanamdo Europe Office, we are the representative office of the Jeollanamdo Provincial Government of South Korea in Frankfurt, Germany. Our mission is to promote various food products from Jeollanamdo in Europe. To give you the chance to try some of the best and most delicious food products Jeollanamdo has to offer, we are launching the Jeollanamdo Food Ambassador Program 2021 in Europe.
We are looking for a maximum of 50 people from across Europe, preferably from various countries, to promote the wide variety of food products from Jeollanamdo. The duration of the program is 3 months.
You will receive 3 boxes, one each month from October till December 2021. Each box will contain a few food products from Jeollanamdo.
Your mission is to create content (pictures, videos, etc) containing the items in the box.
You should make at least 3 posts for each box containing the items in the box and post them under the hashtags #JeonnamFoodBox2021 and #KitchenOfKorea
You must be at least 18 years old.
You must be a resident of a European country.
You should have at least one public social media account and consider yourself an active social media user.
You are able to create content in English or another European language.
Further information on our requirements, terms and conditions can be found here.
The UNESCO World Heritage Committee listed four “Getbol”, Korean Tidal Flats, along the south-western coast of the Korean peninsula as a new Natural World Heritage Site on Monday, 26th of July. The official listing happened during the 44th session of the Committee, held in Fuzhou, China. By this, the Getbol become Korea’s 15th World Heritage and just the second Natural Heritage Site, alongside the Jeju volcanic island and its famous lava tubes.
The four Getbol are the Shinan Getbol in Shinan County, Boseong-Suncheon Getbol in Boseong County and Suncheon City, all located in Jeollanamdo, along with Seocheon Getbol in Seocheon County, Chungcheongnamdo and Gochang Getbol in Gochang County in Jeollabukdo.
With 1,100 km² the tidal flats in Shinan have the largest area of the four, while the other tidal flats cover 60 km². Some of them are unique wetlands designated by the Ramsar Convention.
After failing to be listed in 2018 due to a lack of information the World Heritage Committee finally listed the Tidal Flats, acknowledging their outstanding role in forming a unique eco-system along the south-western coast of Korea. The site is not only home to over 2000 species of flora and fauna but is also a stopover for 22 endangered migration birds.
The site demonstrates the link between geodiversity and biodiversity, and demonstrates the dependence of cultural diversity and human activity on the natural environment.
UNESCO World Heritage Committee
The promotion as a UNESCO World Heritage will have a huge positive impact on the region. It will not only raise awareness about this unique ecosystem and draw many tourists to Jeollanamdo, but it will also ensure the highest level of protection for the area and therefore for its wildlife. It will ensure the life of millions of migratory waterbirds for whose survival the Getbol provide a critical habitat.
Kim Yung-rok, governor of South Korea’s province Jeollanamdo and Jesper Frost Rasmussen, mayor of Esbjerg Commune in the Kingdom of Denmark signed a MoU on Wednesday (30.06.2021) morning.
Through the memorandum both parties promise closer cooperation in the fields of renewable energy to fight climate change together. They plan to achieve this by exchanging information and experience as well as exploring possibilities for joint commercial projects and partnerships.
The main focus of this new cooperation will be on offshore wind energy. Just earlier this year, Jeollanamdo has announced to build a 8.2 GW wind farm at the coast of Sinan county. It will become the largest wind farm in the world. Jeollanamdo and Esbjerg are ideal partners, as Esbjerg is one of the world’s leading ports in providing infrastructure for off shore wind parks in the North Sea of Europe.
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic the signing ceremony was held online. The MoU will have a duration of three years but can be expended.
During a business forum in Madrid, Spain, with Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez, South Korea’s President Moon Jae In proposed a closer partnership between the two countries in order to tackle climate change in a combined effort.
Shortly after the meeting two Spanish firms revealed their plans to invest a combined sum of $ 200 m in the renewable energy business in South Korea. While the Madrid based company Ocean Winds will make an initial investment of $ 100 m to establish an offshore wind power plant in Incheon, EDPR will invest an additional $ 100 m in a solar power farm in Goheung, Jeollanamdo.
This investment is another big step in Jeollanamdo’s blue economy plan to become a center of Korea’s renewable energy industry. Just earlier this year, President Moon unveiled plans for the world’s biggest wind farm just west of the coast of Mokpo (Read more here).
It was revealed that Marianne Stöger (87) has been selected as the 48th Korean winner of the “Florence Nightingale Medal” which is awarded by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).
Marianne Stöger was born in Austria and graduated from a nursing school in Innsbruck. After her graduation she decided to go to Sorok Island to help the people with Hansen disease living there, because she had heard that there was a shortage of nurses, even though she had no connection to Korea. She served the people on Sorok Island for over 40 years starting from 1962. She cleaned the patient’s pus with her bare hands, applied medicine and devoted herself to serve the people there. In 2005 she returned home to Innsbruck, since her age and health made it difficult to continue her volunteer work and she did not want to become a burden to the people she had helped. She left Korea with only a farewell letter to her acquaintances. Marianne is also an honorary member of the Korean Nursing Association. According to the Red Cross the award is a result of her noble spirit to serve across borders and dedication to the healing of the Hansen’s disease patients and their return to society she has shown.
The Florence Nightingale Medal was created by the ICRC in 1912 to commemorate Nightingale’s dedication during the Crimean War. Since 1920 every 2 years not more than 50 people that have done outstanding work in nursing are selected to receive the Florence Nightingale Medal.