Friday, February 11, 2011

Introduction of Halla-Mount national park, south korea

Introduction of Halla-Monut national park

Hallasan is one of Korea’s three most sacred mountains, located on the southernmost island of the Korean Peninsula. It rises 1,950m above sea level, making it the tallest mountain in South Korea. Due to its diverse vegetation it has special scientific importance as a treasure house of plants, and was therefore designated as a natural monument (No. 182) on October 12th, 1966, and officially named the Hallasan Natural Conservation Area.

A young volcanic mountain of the fourth Cenozoic era, Hallasan was an active volcano until about 25,000 years ago, resulting in over 360 oreums (parasitic cone volcanoes) which form a spectacular landscape. Nestled in the middle of an island, Hallasan looks both inviting and majestic. The ever-changing colors of the scenery evoke a sense of wonder in all those who seek the beauty of nature, and this is why the area was designated a national park on March 24th 1970, and a UNESCO ‘Biosphere Reserve’ in December 2002.

Jeju-do is considered by Koreans to be a gift from God, and Hallasan holds many ancient wonders to be shared with the world. This unique area was internationally recognized on June 27th, 2007 when ‘Jeju Volcanic Island and Lava Tubes’ were designated Korea’s first UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site.

National Geological Sites to be Created This Year

The Korea National Park Service announced on Wednesday that efforts are underway to create a system to better protect national geological sites this year.

While geological sites such as Mount Halla and Seongsan Ilchulbong are protected by the UNESCO World Heritage Convention, there is not a system for managing such assets at the national level.

The park service and the environment ministry plan to submit a proposal to the National Assembly that will outline the establishment of the national program in the first half of this year and begin accepting applications from local governments around October.

Once named a national geological site, the location will be under better protection and promotion, which is expected to attract more tourists.

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