Upo Wetland is part of the Tentative list of Republic of Korea in order to qualify for inclusion in the World Heritage List.
Besides containing high biodiversity and excellent habitats, Upo Wetland is distinctive for its aesthetic beauty of many species seen in the distinguishable change of four seasons. In recognition of its values as a migratory bird habitat, the wetland has been inscribed on the Ramsar List of Wetlands of International Importance. As many as 180 bird species are observed in Upo Wetland, and among them are (several) endangered species.
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The coordinates shown for all tentative sites were produced as a community effort. They are not official and may change on inscription.
I was pleasantly suprised by Upo. I honestly did not know what to expect. No one in Korea I knew ever visited Upo marsh, while only a few had even heard of it. The Upo wetland is really out of the way for most travelers, located deep in the Gyeongsangnam countryside. I highly recommend upon arrival renting out a bike, which is conveniently located at the entrance of the marsh. The marsh is beautiful, and you will undoubtably see wildlife. I primarily saw cranes and ducks. The marsh is somewhat small in comparison to most natural nominations, but I would not be suprised if Upo became a WHS. The site was recently registered on the Ramsar wetland list. Visiting the site in the early evening was particularly worthwhile.
If you are planning to visit Haeinsa Temple I would suggest Daegu as a hub destination. From Daegu, you can visit Haeinsa, Daegaya Tombs, Dodong Seowon, and Upo Wetland. Which is a nice sample of Korea's Tentative List.
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2011 Added to Tentative List
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