GANGNEUNG, Dec. 19 (Korea Bizwire) — The Korea Forest Service opened Daegwallyeong Red Pine Forest to the public on Tuesday.
Daegwallyeong Red Pine Forest in Gangwon Province stretches across 400 hectares, large enough to fit 571 football fields.
Ever since the first red pine seeds were planted in the area between 1922 and 1928, local authorities have been taking care of the forest.
Timber produced from the forest has been used for the restoration of cultural assets since 1988.
In 2000, the forest was selected as ‘The beautiful forest to be preserved for the 22nd century’ at the first Beautiful Forest Competition.
The Korea Forest Service chose the forest as one of the 10 most beautiful forests, along with Uljin’s Upright Red Pine Forest and Inje’s Birch Forest.
“The Daegwallyeong Red Pine Forest is now open to the public for the very first time in history,” said Ha Kyung-su, head of Forest Welfare Policy at the Korea Forest Service.
“Now, visitors will be able to experience the beauty of the forest.”
M. H. Lee (firstname.lastname@example.org)