Last year, Seonheul Camellia Garden was designated as the world’s first Ramsar model village.

On Feb. 13, Jeju City announced that it plans to inject 1 billion won (500 million won in national funding and 500 million won from the local government budget) this year into investment in infrastructure, such as a 460㎡ visitor information center (including an ecological experience hall, educational facilities and more) which is in harmony with the natural environment and gives special consideration to Jeju’s regional features.

In addition, residents of Seonheul will be part of a consulting group consisting of environmental NGOs and experts, for the promotion of ecotourism. To develop the Ramsar brand, they will hold various programs such as promotions of local products and traditional foods.

This article first appeared on and is republished here with permission. It was translated and edited by Jeju World Wide. — Ed.