Jeju Island deserves to be one of New Seven Wonders

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By Lee Eun-jeong

Jeju Island is Korea’s biggest island and a self-governing province. It has made many efforts to develop various kinds of policies on using alternative energy, such as wind and seawater.

Jeju has established many wind power stations on coastal areas. When I recently visited the island, I found out that it was a good example of a low-carbon dioxide green city.

The island has received a great deal of attention from tourists, after being designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. A newspaper article reported, “Jeju-do, known as a green island, is planning to build electric power charging systems for tourists to rent non-polluting electric cars. A smart grid area, which will be the first one in Korea, will be established on Jeju-do.”

A smart grid is a type of next-generation electricity supply system. A test-bed for the smart grid will be established on the island in the near future. There are bountiful renewable energy resources, such as solar energy and wind power, and the local government strictly monitors the island’s industrial areas.

Moreover, the Jeju government has carefully developed coastal roads leading to these wind power stations to make it easier for both the local people and many visitors to discover the exotic beauty of Jeju.

Recently, Jeju was nominated as one of the 28 finalists of the “New Seven Wonders” of the world. The “New Seven Wonders” foundation is now searching for the world’s best landscapes. I think Jeju deserves to be selected because it has volcanoes, waterfalls, beaches, national parks, caves and forests. This is why Jeju achieved recognition as a World Heritage Site in the past.

Especially, the island’s Mt. Halla has a national park with various kinds of wildlife, including more than 2,000 wild plants and 5,000 animals, so it has been appointed as a Natural Conservation Area.

Moreover, UNESCO confirmed its unique and beautiful natural heritage, designating it as one of its Biosphere Reserves.

This adds to the beauty of the traditional Korean atmosphere on Jeju.

Jeju Island keeps its traditional way of life, food and many other things. Some of these are even unfamiliar to mainland Koreans.

For example, traditional houses on the island have no doors. Instead, they have a stick to show whether the host of the house is in or out. On Jeju, humans, nature, and culture exist together in harmony. So, Jeju can become a good example for coexistence of nature and humans.

Based on these diverse merits of Jeju Island, surely you will vote for Jeju in the contest. By winning this, I think Jeju will not only play a greater role in Korea’s heritage, but will be recognized as one of the world’s great assets.

In order to share this gem of nature with the rest of the world, Jeju Island is seeking to become one of the New Seven Wonders. So far, it has met our expectations, being chosen as one of 28 finalists among 450 candidates.

The final vote is currently underway. Voting will end on Nov. 11.

The Korean government is urging Koreans to vote. To vote, one may call 44-75-890-01290, text 011-1588-7715, or visit www.new7wonders.com.

Jeju Island still needs your vote. Vote for Jeju Island, and show the pride of the Korean people to the world.

Lee is a first-grade student at Daewon Foreign Language High School.

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