The reason behind 20-fold increase in tourists in the remote island of Shinan

TRIP / 연합뉴스 / 2022-01-11 17:18:17
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▲ This photo, provided by Shinan Country, shows one of the 12 chapels. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)

 

▲ This photo, provided by Shinan Country, shows one of the 12 chapels. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)

 

▲ This photo, provided by Shinan Country, shows one of the 12 chapels. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)

 

 

SHINAN, Jan. 11 (Yonhap) -- Gijeom Soakdo is a small island located in Shinan County, South Jeolla Province.

 

Last year alone, 54,000 visited the island. It has increased 20 times higher compared to 2018.

The tourism project played a key role in the increase of visitors.

With the project, people began to crowd in the small island where only 100 people live in.

The reason why Gijeom Soakdo is popular among tourists is because of the 12 chapels and the footbridge.
 

The footbridge and all the artworks located in the forest and the hill are facing the beautiful scenery of the sea.

Walking along the 12km quiet pilgrimage path, which is like a string connected to the chapel, tourists can feel peace.

The chapels look Greece, Russian, and France, and also feel like Buddhist culture.

The pilgrimage houses share diverse messages of the writers but people can use the places to meditate by themselves.

Through active investment, Shinan County is expanding cultural facilities and creating development plans for each island to maximize the value of the island.

Shinan plans to make Gijeom Soakdo the best tourist site following the Purple Island where 290,000 people visited last year.

"The new pilgrimage route that combines the coastal road and the pine forest path will be open in the first half of this year and attract more tourists,” said an official of Shinan.

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