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Yeongyang Firefly Eco Park (South Korea)

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Star trails over the astronomy education center at Yeongyang Firefly Eco Park, South Korea. Photo by Wonkil Jeong.

Yeongyang IDSP cutout map

Designated

2015

Category

Dark Sky Park

Address

Banditbulri-Ro 129
Subi-Myun
Yeongyang-Gun
GyeongSangBuk-Do
Republic of Korea

Contact

Chan Park
Website
Tel.: +82-54-680-5330~4

Land Area

3.9 km2

Documents

Application
2017 Annual Report
2016 Annual Report

About

Yeongyang Firefly Eco Park is situated in Yeongyang County, an administrative region of North Gyeongsang Province in extreme eastern South Korea. Nestled in the valley of the Wangpi River, the Park is surrounded by geographically typical mountainous terrain that makes the land difficult to farm. As a result, the county is one of the least populous in a country that otherwise experiences one of the highest population densities in the world. Yet as isolated as the Park is, it is only a 4.5-hour drive from the capital, Seoul, and is readily accessible to South Korea’s 50 million residents.

The Park, established within the Wangpi River Basin Ecological Landscape Protected Zone, has been under legal protections since 2005. The site is significant for the conservation of fireflies, which are known to benefit from conditions of natural darkness. To this end, the Park has developed a management plan for its natural darkness in support of the local firefly population; visitors come to the site expecting low ambient light levels. In recent years, South Korean amateur astronomers have taken note of the site and flock there with increasing frequency to experience dark skies without having to travel especially far from home.

Weather

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Media

“Bright times for dark skies” (Financial Times, 12 August 2016)