For travelers looking for an authentic experience in a culture steeped in history, your South Korea vacation awaits! With its bustling cities, stunning countryside, and beautiful coastline, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. But why should you consider planning an ecotourism trip to South Korea? First, let’s look at the incredible benefits of this sustainable form of tourism.
What is Ecotourism?
Ecotourism is defined by the Global Ecotourism Network as “responsible travel to natural areas that conserves the environment, sustains the well-being of the local people, and creates knowledge and understanding through interpretation and education of all involved: visitors, staff, and the visited.” By choosing to participate in ecotourism activities while traveling, you play a part in promoting sustainability and preserving the natural beauty of the area you visit.
South Korea Joins the Ecotourism Movement
South Korean tourism has been making strides toward becoming more sustainable through initiatives such as creating national parks, building bike paths, providing standardized bicycle rentals, protecting endangered species, and investing in green technology. In 2016, The Global Sustainable Tourism Council announced that the Sustainable City Tourism Destination Standard for The Republic of Korea achieved “GSTC-Recognized” status. This means that they have created sustainable practices and must maintain and build on them to keep their status.
In Seoul, the capital city of South Korea, they have created strong initiatives to limit the number of cars by improving its public transportation system. In addition, on days when pollution in the air is at its highest levels, the city offers free bus and metro fair to citizens and tourists alike.
Ecotourism Activities in South Korea
There are many different types of sustainable activities available in South Korea that can provide travelers with an immersive experience while they explore the country’s diverse landscape. For example, hiking through one of the many national parks like Jirisan Mountain is the perfect way to get up close and personal with nature. Only 15 minutes from the center of Seol Korea, the Jingwansa Temple is another national treasure protected by the surrounding Bukhansan National Park. Create a sustainable souvenir with an upcycling experience at the Seoul Upcycling Plaza! Other popular activities to consider when planning a trip to South Korea include exploring small fishing villages along the coastlines or joining unique cultural experiences like Korean cooking classes or tea ceremonies which offer insights into centuries-old traditions that remain alive today. No matter what type of activity you choose, travelers have plenty of options for sustainable ways to explore all South Korea has to offer!
Looking for an Eco-Friendly place to stay?
Check in to the Oceanterra in Geoje, where you can take in stunning water views while reducing waste and giving back to the local community. Oceanterra no longer uses single-use plastics throughout the resort, and they invest a percentage of their revenue back into the community and into sustainable projects. The Lotte Hotel in Seoul is another beautiful option. Lotte Hotels have engaged in reducing CO2 emissions and increasing its energy efficiency.
South Korea is a stunning place full of breathtaking landscapes and unique cultures waiting for curious travelers looking for a one-of-a-kind experience. By engaging in ecotourism activities such as hiking or bird watching during your stay here, you will gain insight into another culture and help protect this beautiful country’s environment by supporting its sustainable initiatives while contributing directly towards local economies by patronizing businesses owned by locals! So, whether you’re looking for an adrenaline rush or want some peace and relaxation surrounded by nature – ecotourism opportunities are endless throughout South Korea – so come discover its beauty.
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