Gwangju & Jeollanam-do Jeollanam-do Jeollanam-do Introduction


[ Jeollanam-do ]

Introduction to Jeollanam-do

An Abundant Breadbasket and Beautiful Clean Region

The South Jeolla province is located in the southwestern corner of South Korea, and it is a large rural area with a population of 1.9 million. The area is divided into 5 cities and 17 counties. The South Jeolla region remains one of the greenest provinces in South Korea and is the pioneer of organic and pesticide-free farming in the country. One can be amazed at the sight of numerous irrigated rice fields, marine and land-based national parks, spectacular coastal views, as well as the fresh seafood served at restaurants. The province is also famous for its long history of patriotism and the strong political views of its people. People commemorate their ancestors to support the victory of Admiral Yi Sun-shin, who won numerous battles against the Japanese navy during the Japanese invasions of Korea during the 1590’s. They are also proud of Kim Dae-jung, the 8th President of South Korea, who is the sole Korean recipient of any Nobel Prize, receiving the Nobel Peace Prize in 2000.

Leading Major Distribution, Tourism and Future-Industry Center in Northeast Asia

Facing China across the sea to its west and seeing Japan to its east, South Jeolla province is the center of Northeast Asia, the starting point of the Eurasia Continent and the gateway to the Pacific. It also promotes the environmental industry and environment-friendly biotechnology convergence agriculture, seeking to establish itself as the hub of green industry to revive the local economy. Efforts are ongoing to foster marine tourism in Northeast Asia, a nature-friendly living environment, and to improve welfare standards. The province hosted the 2012 World Expo in Yeosu and 2013 International Garden Expo in Suncheonman Bay. Such events have demonstrated the success and power of the soaring South Jeolla province to the world.

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