Wonders of Jeju named ‘geoparks’ by Unesco
Unesco’s Global Geoparks Network (GGN) announced during a steering committee meeting on the Greek island of Lesvos that a group of nine geological attractions in Jeju have been added to its list of world geoparks.
They include Mount Halla, Manjang Cave and Seongsan Sunrise Peak, Seogwipo Formation, Cheonjiyeon Waterfall, Jungmun Daepo Columnar-Jointed Lava, the lava dome at Mount Sanbang, the Yongmeori tuff ring and the Suweol Peak tuff ring.
Mount Halla, Seongsan Sunrise Peak and Manjang Cave were previously listed on the Unesco World Natural Heritage sites in 2007. On top of that, Mount Halla was named a Unesco Biosphere Reserve in 2002.
With the Global Geoparks Network certification, Jeju becomes the only place in the world with three Unesco certifications.
Unesco will award its certificate at the 5th International Unesco Conference on Geoparks in 2012, which is to be held on Japan’s Mount Unzen.
By Yang Seong-cheol, Yonhap [email@example.com]