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Author winterkjm
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#256 | Posted: 19 Aug 2017 13:04 
Update on the Jeju Island Extension.

http://www.ihalla.com/read.php3?aid=1502842986573119073

Author winterkjm
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#257 | Posted: 15 Oct 2017 12:26 | Edited by: winterkjm 
Suncheon is seeking the designation as a UNESCO Biosphere reserve first. The biosphere designation could come as soon as 2018 or 2019 and it would include several ecological areas in and around Suncheon, including a linked corridor to (2) Ramsar wetlands.

http://www.segye.com/newsView/20171015002080

Korean cities and regions are very keen on "branding" in regards to tourism. Jeju is often touted as special because of its "triple crown" designation as world heritage, biosphere reserve, and global geopark. North & South Jeolla province are on an ambitious mission to achieve a flurry of diverse designations.

The Sourthwest Coast Tidal Flat nomination dossier is fairly advanced at this point and its certainly a priority nomination. In the next couple years, Korea's Southwest coast region could have additional biosphere reserves, ramsar sites, world heritage sites (cultural & natural), and Global Geoparks!

Current Designations Jeolla Province

Ramsar (7)
Muan Tidal Flat
Jeungdo Tidal Flat
Gochang & Buan Tidal Flats
Suncheon Bay
Dongcheon Estuary
Ungok Wetland
Jangdo Wetland

IUCN Green List (1)
Jirisan National Park

UNESCO Biosphere Reserves (2)
Shinan Dadohae
Gochang

World Heritage (1)
Gochang, Hwasun Dolmen Sites

Current Nominations Jeolla Province

World Heritage (8)
- Traditional Buddhist Mountain Temples of Korea (Seonamsa, Daeheungsa) 2018
- Seowon, Confucian Academies of Korea (Pilam, Museong) 2019
- Southwestern Coast Tidal Flats
- Naganeupseong, Town Fortress and Village
- Stone Buddhas and Pagodas at Hwasun Unjusa Temple
- Sites of fossilized dinosaurs throughout the Southern Seacoast
- Salterns
- Kangjingun Kiln Sites

UNESCO Biosphere Reserve (1)
- Suncheon

UNESCO Global Geopark (1)
- Mudeungsan National Park

Author elsslots
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#258 | Posted: 16 Oct 2017 12:06 
They take these things seriously in Korea indeed: they are looking for seven lost UNECSCO certificates that verify the inscription of Korean cultural assets on UNESCO's World Heritage List.
https://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/culture/2017/10/317_237709.html

Author winterkjm
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#259 | Posted: 8 Nov 2017 21:16 
Interesting detail from an article today.

"There are additional World Heritage sites including Baekje Historical Remains Extension List (2022), Namwon and Jangsu Kaya Ruins (provisional list listing / 2020), and Byeonggolje (inclusion in the temporary list / 2019). It will become a treasure trove of Korea's representative World Heritage Sites."

http://www.jeonmin.co.kr/news/articleView.html?idxno=177046

Author winterkjm
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#260 | Posted: 8 Nov 2017 21:28 | Edited by: winterkjm 
Update - ROK Nomination Plan

2018 WHC
- Traditional Buddhist Mountain Temples of Korea (Cultural)
2019 WHC
- Seowon, Neo-Confucian Academies of the Joseon Dynasty (Cultural)
- Southwest Coast Tidal Flats (Natural)
2020 WHC
- Gaya Tumuli: Gimhae & Jisan-dong (Cultural)
2021 WHC
- Hanyangdoseong, the Seoul City Wall (Cultural)
2022 WHC
- Ruins of the Hanseong-Baekje [Extension] (Cultural)

Plans for Tentative List (inclusion)
- Ruins of the Hanseong-Baekje [Extension] (2018-2019)
- Ganghwa Island Marine Heritage Sites (2018-19)
- Busan Provisional Capital and Refugee Trail (2018-19)
- Christian Heritage and Martyr Sites of Korea (2018-19)
- Byeokgolje and Uirimji Resevoir (2019)
- Namwon and Jangsu Kaya Ruins (2020)

Author winterkjm
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#261 | Posted: 10 Dec 2017 09:34 | Edited by: winterkjm 
I thought I would continue this conversation here.

Durian:
South Korea - !!! The Whole Country !!!

https://www.koreaexpose.com/unesco-south-korea-world-heritage-site/

I read this a while back, its a funny piece about the nearly unparalleled drive Korea has in pursuing world heritage status since Democratization. Yet, the writer being a Westerner makes me feel the satire is more geared toward the expat community in Korea. The best satire does have a grain of truth, for sure!

Nevertheless, I do think Korea's pursuit regarding cultural heritage preservation is admirable when considering the context of its near extinction during the 20th century. Sounds depressing I know, but I think this is ultimately the source of the passion (or obsession) if you will.

This article really sheds light on the massive amount of resources and labor funneled toward heritage projects.
http://english.donga.com/List/3/08/26/1150286/1

Experts say that a budget plan for 2018, which was passed at the National Assembly on Wednesday, reflects an increased interest on the part of President Moon in the Gaya project. The budget for research of ancient Gaya culture has expanded by 1 billion won (913,000 U.S. dollars) to 3.2 billion won (2.94 million dollars). In addition, the separate budget on repair and maintenance of Gaya heritage has also jumped by 2 billion won (1.82 million dollars) to 14.5 billion won (13.2 million dollars).

"It is imperative that we keep the principle of ascertaining historical evidence and conducting thorough research first before embarking on restoration," said an official from the cultural heritage circles. "If the government and municipalities are obsessed with short-term gains, it could lead to another distortion of history."

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