The Special Autonomous Province of Jeju installed the dolhareubang and gimp as symbols of Jeju along the Camino de Santiago in Spain on the 12th of last month (local time) as part of the Korea-Spain tourism cooperation project.
The memorial ceremony for the installation of the Jeju Icons was held as part of the cooperation project to boost tourism exchanges between Korea and Spain during President Moon Jae-in’s state visit to Spain in June of last year.
Through this collaborative project, the two countries decided to conduct a joint marketing campaign by building mutual tribute areas on the Jeju Olle Trail in Korea and the Camino de Santiago in Spain. The tribute areas chosen to represent each trail were selected as Jeju Olle Trail Route 1 and the Areca section of the Camino de Santiago.
As symbols of Jeju, dolhareubang and gimp of the Jeju Olle Trail have been erected, while the symbol of the Camino de Santiago in Spain will consist of a trail marker with a seashell design in the mutual tribute area. A commemorative event and an additional event were held to celebrate the installation of Jeju’s symbols in the Areca Mutual Tribute Area.
The additional event featured a Jeju haenyeo-themed dance performance, in addition to a digital photography exhibition using 10 photographs capturing the nature of Jeju and 10 photographs of Jeju Olle Trail. Meanwhile, Jeju announced its intention to cooperate with the region of Galicia in Spain in various fields and signed an agreement to this end in connection with the event to commemorate the installation of Jeju symbols in Spain.
The signing of this agreement aims to boost tourism exchanges between the two local governments and contains provisions to maintain active cooperation for the diversification of exchanges, including expansion in areas such as livestock and fisheries.
In addition to installing the Jeju symbols in Spain, the Jeju government also visited the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) as part of the Inter-island Tourism Policy (ITOP) Seminar to identify cases. cooperation between Jeju and UNWTO as well as organize meetings to find ways to attract international meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions (MICE) to Jeju.
Director Kim Ae-suk of the Jeju Tourism Board commented, “I hope this tourism cooperation project between Korea and Spain will widely promote Jeju and the Olle Trail,” and added: “I also hope it will contribute to friendly cooperative relations between Korea and Spain. as well as the expansion and diversification of tourist exchanges with Europe.