Out of the 174 villages from UNWTO’s 75 member states proposed, 44 were chosen from 32 countries this year. All villages were evaluated based on nine criteria, such as cultural and natural resources, promotion and conservation of cultural resources, and economic and social sustainability. The villages should have less than 15,000 residents, and each member states can nominate up to three villages.
The Purple Island is located on Banwol Island and Bakji Island, connected by a 1.4 kilometer purple bridge. To help solve issues created by having an aging population in Sinan county, the provincial government began working with the county and its residents in 2007, spending some 4 billion won ($3.39 million) to brighten up the village in its unique color, purple.
The revitalization project has been seen as a success, especially after it was featured in foreign magazine as a cool scenic spot to visit in Korea, attracting around 5,000 people each weekend, according to the county.
It took over thirty years for the wetland to be restored to its natural form. Currently, around 860 species of animals and insects inhabit the area. Various ecological resources and endangered species coexist and are consistently being found and studied in the region.
By Kim Hae-yeon (email@example.com)Internet Explorer Channel Network