Purple Island of South Korea

Following Hong Kong and Germany, the U.S. CNN and Fox News are also drawing attention by highlighting the “Purple Island” in Banwol-do, Shinan-gun, Jeollanam-do in South Korea.


According to Shinan-gun County on the 23rd of February, CNN introduced Banwol-do as an “Island of photographers’ dreams” on the 8th and reported on the travel of Purple Island along with eight pictures.

Purple Island of South Korea
Purple Island of South Korea, Island of photographers’ Dreams

A dangerous but beautiful attempt

CNN defined Banwol-do and Bakji-do’s transformation into purple islands as “a dangerous but beautiful attempt,” and evaluated, “The attempt is fruitful considering the recent increase in tourists.” Following CNN, Fox News also highlighted the originality of Purple Island on the 19th (local time.


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Fox News posted an article in the Hot Topic section, “Korea’s Banwol-do Island is attracting more tourists after transforming into a purple island.” Fox News said in an article, “Since Purple Island has been restricted from international travel due to the novel coronavirus infection (COVID-19), Instagram is gaining popularity as a daily destination due to the influx of visitors.”

Purple Island of South Korea, Island of photographers' Dreams
Purple Island of South Korea, Island of photographers’ Dreams

Purple Island of South Korea, Island of photographers' Dreams

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Purple Island was also introduced in detail in Germany’s largest satellite TV broadcast “ProSieben” and Hong Kong’s famous travel magazine “U Magazine” last year.

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The island is specialized as a purple island considering the ecological characteristics

Sinan County, along with its residents, has created Purple Island under the theme of purple since 2007. The island is specialized as a purple island considering the ecological characteristics of its native purple balloon flower habitat and honey grass. The county added purple to the wooden bridge, lavender, magnolia, hydrangea, village roof, walls of small warehouses, aprons, utensils, and coffee cups.

Purple Island has been selected by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism and the Korea Tourism Organization as the top 100 tourist destinations that local Koreans, as well as foreigners visiting Korea, must-visit between 2021 and 2022.

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