2018년 2월 20일 화요일

DMZ which has been uninhabited for over 60 years, is becoming the ultimate heaven for endangered species in Korea

Otter, class 1 endangerd specie

The demilitarized zone (DMZ), which has been uninhabited for over 60 years, is becoming the ultimate heaven for endangered species and plants that are gradually disappearing in Korea.
This is why the ecological value of the DMZ, the outcome of the war, is getting new attention.

According to the "DMZ Biodiversity Comprehensive Report" published by the Ministry of Environment and the National Ecology Agency in 2016, which collected the results of ecological surveys conducted in the DMZ for more than 40 years since 1974, a total of 4873 species of wild animals and plants were found in DMZ area.
The surveyed area, the DMZ, is 1557 km 2, which accounts for only 1.6% of the Korean peninsula, but about 20% of the total Korean peninsula species (24,425 species) live here.

In particular, a total of 91 species of endangered species, including 16 species of endangered wildlife class I and 75 species of class ll, were found in the DMZ area. Currently, there are 267 species of endangered wildlife on the Korean peninsula, which means that 34% of them are now endangered species that are concentrated in the DMZ.
In particular, cranes and musk deer were found to live only in the DMZ area. The researchers analyzed that "because of the restricted accessibility of the public for the protection of military facilities and safety reasons, they provided a stable habitat for wild animals and plants."

Following pictures are some of major endangered species that have been identified as living in the DMZ.

Endangered species Class 1 cranes


Endangered Species Class 1 White-tailed sea eagle


Endangered Species Class 2 serpent

Endangered Species Class 2 giant water bug

Endangered Species Class 2 gobiobotia brevibarba

Endangered Species Class 2 slender shiner

Muslim tourists spotlighted as a new customer to fill in void left by Chinese tourists in Korea

Muslims tourists are attracting attention as new customer to fill vacancies in Chinese tourists who have been significantly decreased since the placement of the THAAD (high-altitude missile defense system) on the Korean Peninsula.

According to the Korea Tourism Organization (KITA) on Monday, about 870,000 Muslim tourists visited Korea last year.
It decreased 11.7 percent from the previous year (985,885) but increased 17.4 percent from 748,691 in 2015.

Considering that the number of foreign tourists (13.34 million) who visited Korea in 2017 decreased by 22.7% from the previous year, the decrease in Muslim tourists visiting Korea last year is not significant.

Most of the Muslims visiting Korea are tourists from Southeast Asia.

The number of Indonesian tourists visiting last year decreased by 21.9 percent to 23,387, while the number of Malaysian tourists decreased by 1.2 percent to 300,740.


Middle Eastern and North African account for less than 10% of the total number of Muslims visiting Korea while tourists from Indonesia and Malaysia which have a high percentage of Muslim population account for about 45% of the Muslims who visited Korea,
Middle East countries such as Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the proportion of middle east countries out of total Muslim tourists visited Korea is small, but the total expenditure per person is three to four times more than Southeast Asian Muslim tourists.

According to the Ministry of Tourism, Indonesian tourists spent an average of 849,282 won in Korea and 796,995 won for Malaysian, while tourists from UAE spent 246,8942 won and those from Saudi Arabia spent 3.157 million won per person on average.

In particular, many Saudi Arabia and UAE tourists are looking for Korea for high value-added medical tourism.

As of 2016, 31% of UAE tourists visiting the country and 13% Saudi Arabian tourists visited Korea for medical tourism.

Last year, Muslim tourists from the Middle East increased even though decline in the number of foreign tourists visiting the country overall.

The number of tourists from the Middle East last year was 217,538, up 12.4% from the previous year.



2018년 1월 30일 화요일

Tourists visited to Camp Greaves, filming Location of drama 'Descendants of the Sun' increased 4times in 3years


The Camp Greaves DMZ Experience Center, which was created by Gyeonggi Province using returned US military bases is gaining popularity among tourists.

Gyeonggi Tourism Corporation and Paju City revealed on Jan 25 that 23,116 tourists visited Camp Greaves last year.
It is more than four times the figure of 5,771 people in 2014, the first year of opening.
The number of visitors to 2015 is 11,993, and the number of visitors in 2016 is 17,128.

Camp Greaves is a returned US military base a couple of kilometres from the DMZ.





In real life, Camp Greaves was the base camp of US troops for years after the ceasefire agreement was signed by both North and South Korea.
The US military was stationed in 1953 and returned in 2007.

Gyeonggi Province, through the agreement with the Ministry of National Defense, was donated a portion of Camp Greaves site and open the existing facilities as various 'exhibition, culture, experience' space and opened on December 12, 2013.

The 4-story, 3,232㎡ US Army officer's residence is remodeled into a space that can accommodate a variety of experience programs, including barracks, military uniforms, and line-ups.

It is also the site for DMZ documentary film festival, a youth event, a workshop, as well as a family visiting place for nearby soldiers.


In 2016, it was spotlighted as a drama "Descendants of the Sun" shooting location.

Camp Greaves was a camp site of fictional country called 'Uruk' which is the background of the drama.

The Gyeonggi Tourism Corporation has improved this filming location to attract foreign tourists as the descendants of the sun became explosively popular in Asia including China since 2016.


In June of the same year, Paju city signed an agreement with a military army under the jurisdiction and designated it as a security sightseeing spot, expanding the number of visitors limited to 250 per day to 3,000.

The inconvenience of having to give advance notice 2 or 3 days before visit have also disappeared

Paju City will also set up gondola crossing the Imjin River as a public transportation in order to revitalize security tourism starting this year.
This project, linking Camp Grieves with Gondola, is scheduled to be completed by early next year.
Paju city expects the gondola to contribute significantly to achieving the goal of attracting 10 million tourists.



2018년 1월 24일 수요일

Apple enthusiasts are prepairing event for first Apple store grand opening in Korea


Apple (Apple Korea) will open its first Korea Apple store in Garosu-gil in Seoul's Gangnam district on Saturday 27th.

The various open events were scheduled for this day by Apple enthusiasts in Korea.
Among them, sleeping out gathering event on Garosu-gil to be one of the first customers of Korea Apple store attracted most attention.

Generally, Apple has presented Apple T-shirts to 2,000 first-come-first-served customers on official Apple Store grand opening.
Perhaps the purpose of this event is to get a T-shirt and also to get the media attention as "Korea's first Apple Store customers".
(There is no iPhone first opening event, and there is no special event planned by Apple on this day)

Netizens who saw this event news showed concern about weather forcast that it will be freezing for few days before Apple store grand opening.



2018년 1월 21일 일요일

Actress Go Hyun-jung gave away big gift for the SBS drama 'Return' staffs

Actress Go Hyun-jung made a big gift for the staffs.

The SBS drama 'Return' debuted as top drama on viewer rating rankings when it first broadcasted on January 17 and is gathering more attention.
Go Hyun Jung plays the role of lawyer for the first time since her debut in this crime thriller about a lawyer and a detective who try to solve the mysterious high-society murder case.


It was recently revealed that Go Hyun Jung has given away a special presents for all of  staffs at the drama scene.

In fact, considering the fact that the shooting of 'Return' has been going on since the early winter until now, she thought of long padding coat as best gift for staffs.
At the same time, she prepared skin care product sets so that the staff could take care of their skin in cold weather.

150 long padding coats and 150 sets of cosmetics have been given away to all the staffs.
Thanks to this, 'Return' drama staffs are all wearing the same long coats at the drama locations.

An official said, "all the staffs appreciated Go Hyun-jung for big surprise gift, and thanks to her, not only were we able to overcame the cold winters, but also the teamwork among staffs improved as well."