Photographer's Note

Jeongseon-gun, which borders Taebaek, Yeongwol, Pyeongchang, and Gangneung, has an area of 1,219.58 square kilometers. It was a coalfield city that had been booming until the late 1970s. Coal production once accounted for 28 percent of the country, and limestone reserves (25 percent nationwide) also reached 10 billion tons.

The population of Jeongseon-gun, which stood at 139,892 in 1978, dropped sharply from 88,377 in 1990 to 49,111 in 2001 after all 43 coal mines were closed after the coal industry rationalization measure. At the end of 2011, the population declined to 45,513. The prosperous municipality was transformed into farming and mountain villages in more than 30 years.

However, Jeongseon-gun is dreaming of re-emerging into a cultural and tourism city by expanding specialized railway tourism facilities, focusing on creating mountainous eco-tourism, and expanding the application period of the "Special Act on Support for Closed Mine Area Development" by 10 years at the end of 2011.

Having natural scenic resources, including 37 limestone caves, 35 scenic sites, and 22 scenic mountains over 1,000 meters above sea level, is also expected to contribute greatly to creating new potential values. In addition, limestone and mucous soil in mountainous highlands are also the foundation for 19% of the nation's production of biological herbs. Although some have been controversial over environmental conservation, the growing number of tourists since the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics hosted ski downhill events also raises residents' expectations for tourism development.

There was a (sudden) shower on the way up the mountain today.
It was very rough.

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Additional Photos by Infinite jang (jang) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 80 W: 0 N: 227] (1981)
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