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Essentials with JD # 346 **MUDEUNGSAN AREA NAMED GEOPARK BY UNESCO**

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Mt.Mudeng Geopark in Gwangju & Jeonnam has recently been declared a new member of the UNESCO Global Network of National Geoparks, making it the third Korean site to be awarded the title.

The decision was made under a resolution approved by the UNESCO Executive Board during its 204th session held in Paris, France on April 12.

Covering a total area of more than 1,051 square meters, including Gwangju and the counties of Damyang and Hwasun in South Jeolla Province, the Geopark occupies some 20 attractions include columnar joints such as “Seoseokdae” and “Ipseokdae” on Mount Mudeung and a dinosaur fossil site in Seoyu-ri, Hwasun.

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During the dossier verification process, UNESCO experts highly regarded the academic values of the Mt.Medeung Geopark and the world-renowned Jusangjeolli Cliff.

Director of the Parks and Greenery Division of Gwangju City Nam Sang-Chul said the Global Geopark title is UNESCO’s recognition of the diverse landscapes and spiritual cultural values of the Gwangju & Jeonnam area. It will also help the province to boost its sustainable socio-economic development and improve local living standards.

Meanwhile, concurrently, the local authorities have drafted plans and taken actions to protect the environment, natural resources, and biological while promoting tourism in a sustainable manner.

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