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New Zealand photog to show his love for Korea

Roger Shepherd, an expatriate from New Zealand, plans to hold a photography exhibition of North and South Korean mountains at Gyeongbokgung Station on subway line No. 3, between Feb. 17 and 21, expressing his love for Korean nature.

The 46-year-old former chief protection officer at the Prime Minister’s Office in New Zealand has studied Korean mountains for six years.

Shepherd has been appointed as an honorary ambassador for tourism by the state-run Korea Tourism Organization in recognition of his dedication to promoting Korea’s beautiful mountains to expatriates.

His love for Korean mountains dates back all the way to 1999.

He was an English teacher in Korea and he explored nature every weekend.

During that time, he was told that the Baekdu-daegan Trail is the “backbone” of the Korean Peninsula, and only a small group of Korean hikers complete it. In 2006, he decided to become one of the conquerors of the trail.

In 2007, Shepherd became the first expatriate to complete the 735-kilometer (456-mile) Baekdu-daegan Trail, which runs the length of the Korean Peninsula from Mount Paektu in North Korea to Mount Jiri in South Korea.

Shepherd will exhibit 70 photographs at the show.


By Kim Hee-jin [heejin@joongang.co.kr]
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