SEOUL, June 15 (Yonhap) – With the number of people living with pets on the rise, South Korea’s many regional governments have been jumping on the bandwagon of the pet industry to meet increasing demand for facilities and accommodations for pet use.
According to the government’s data, pets are raised in more than 20 percent of the country’s households, or about 4.5 million.
The increasing demand for pet-related industry is prompting many local governments to enter the fray.
The North Chungcheong regional government in central South Korea has come up with a report from a study on the establishment of a theme park for pets to be healed as part of efforts to draw more tourists to Suanbo, a once-famous hot spring village in the city of Chungju.
In May, the municipalities of Uijeongbu, north of Seoul, held a festival in which pet owners and their pets took part in a variety of programs including a run. In the southeastern city of Daegu, a pet show which was put on from May 27-28 brought together 100 domestic and foreign vendors to display pet-related goods and services.