South Korea: Natural Treasure

South Korea, although still unfamiliar to many, is a land of almost inconceivable richness: spectacular landscapes, remarkable animal life, vast mountains, rugged valleys, outstanding plant life and a variety of flowers, countless islands, magnificent coastlines. The wildlife parks are among the most beautiful on the Asian continent, and the coastline is characterized by an opulent and entirely unique aura. And there is Hwangmaesan Mountain: with three peaks, it lies at the feet of Hapcheon Reservoir. Since the mountain can be seen mirrored in the water, the locals refer to it as the “Underwater Flower.” In springtime, it is transformed into a deep pink ocean of azaleas and rhododendron blossoms, and with its mystical, natural beauty, becomes the stage for the Royal Azalea Festival, which takes place annually in May. Not far distant is the Haeinsa Temple. One of the most important Buddhist temples in Korea, it is also among the most precious cultural treasures worldwide. Not only do we people of South Korea treasure their land, they live in harmony with it, and with its natural wonders. They protect these through specialized, up-to-date programs, invest in sustainability and climate change prevention, and work actively to prevent the extinction of certain animal species, among them the Asiatic black bear. South Korea is future-oriented, but at the same time celebrates its enormous wildlife sanctuaries through a variety of festivals and traditions. For South Korea, these conservation areas are among the country’s most important ecosystems.

Buch / Regie

Nicola Graef


2023, NDR/arte

2x 45 min.