|Title||Yesan Province, 'Yesan Oriental Stork Park' Making a comeback after a decrease in visitors!|
Yesan Province, 'Yesan Oriental Stork Park' Making a comeback after a decrease in visitors!
- More than 3000 visitors 20 days after its opening -
The June 9th opening of the nation’s first ‘Yesan Oriental Stork Park’ was overwhelmed with spectators and inquiries and is steadily gaining popularity.
On June 29th it was revealed that according to the province more than 3000 families, spectators, and lovers of photography continuously came to visit the park 20 days after its opening.
While the majority of visitors came from Gyeonggi-do and Seoul, there were also many visitors from the metropolitan areas of Chungnam, Daejon, Sejong, Gyeongsangdo, Jeollado, etc. The visitors were made up of families, spectators, and student organizations.
Photography lovers in particular are flocking to the area to capture the splendid imagery of the stork flocks' everyday habits which are normally difficult to view.
The programs managed by the Oriental Stork Park are also playing a role in bringing in visitors and spectators.
Every day at 2 in the afternoon when the stork keeper feeds the storks visitors in the park can observe their behavior up-close during their feeding time.
In addition, the Cultural Heritage Administration and its vital cultural asset venture is promoting the ‘Face-to-Face Mutual Stork Experience’ program in order to teach children about the importance of stork habitat restoration projects, preservation, and their ecological value.
Additionally, every Saturday in June the Stork Habitat Promotion Committee’s ‘Let’s Have Fun with Parents and Stork’ program gives visitors the opportunity to create stork masks, learn stork mating dances, and experience the seasonal harvest of crops.
The Stork Cultural Center is a must-see attraction where you can learn about the ecological system of the stork, the Korean peninsula's strategy to rejuvenate its habitat, and its ecological education program.
The 1st floor exhibition room is made up of displays which easily explain the main cause behind the diminishing stork population and the reasons why their numbers need to be restored, as well as the Korean peninsula's ecological restoration strategy.
The 2nd floor contains a learning experience room that is operated free of charge to children and is gaining popularity. Here children can participate in a variety of programs such as “making stork origami” and “matching stork puzzles”.
The second floor features an outdoor deck with tour guide commentary and allows visitors to observe the stork in their natural habit, and lets them take pictures in the prepared photo zone or to make a wish in the Wish Writing Corner.
Furthermore, in the cafeteria visitors can purchase affordable souvenirs along with rice cultivated in the stork’s environmentally friendly habitat.
Governor Seonbong Hwang stated that “Due to the recent decrease in visitor numbers because of the effects of MERS, I consider the storks worth and value to be just as important as the steadily increasing visitors we see coming to the Oriental Swan Park." In an effort to expand the programs operated by the Oriental Swan Park, Hwang wishes to connect the cities of Yedangho and CittaSlow to transform them into central spots for ecotourism.