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Banol is completely purple in South Korea

Banol is completely purple in South Korea

(CNN) – A South Korean farming community has reinvented itself by transforming into the perfect attraction for the Instagram era.

Banol Island, off the central west coast South Korea, Became known as “The Purple Island” after painting the roofs of around 400 buildings a beautiful shade of purple. Additionally, there are lavender fields, amethyst phone boxes and a large purple bridge.

With the country’s borders essentially closed due to the coronavirus pandemic, people hungry to travel are flocking to the region. Between June and August of 2020, more than 100,000 visitors came to Banol Island, a 20% increase on the previous year.

Since 2018, more than 490,000 guests have visited the islands.

The project was planned in 2015 as part of South Jeolla Province’s branding initiative to “Create Attractive Island Destinations” and was inspired by the purple bell flowers (also known as Campanula) belonging to the region.

The islands of Tiny Banwol and Bakji have a population of less than 150. Since the start of the purple project, farmers have started growing cabbage and beets, both on the brand. The local government planted 30,000 New England star flowers and 21,500 square meters of lavender fields.

Visitors can walk between the two islands via – you may have seen this – another purple bridge.

The purple bridge was repaired and repainted in early 2020.

Courtesy of the Shenan County Office

To meet the new waves of tourists, there are a few other amenities on the island, including a coffee shop, two full-service restaurants (one each in Bakji and Banol), bike rental services, and a boutique hotel. It takes about six hours to get there flood By bus or private car.

The risky but pretty Banol move seems to be paying off. South Koreans who leave the country and return are subject to a two-week quarantine upon their return, so most locals choose domestic tourism.

Colorful cities have always been popular with travelers, even before they were designed specifically for social media. Light yellow Pueblo Majico by IzamalIn the Mexican state of Yucatan, it was completely painted golden either in honor of Pope John Paul II’s visit or to ward off a pandemic, depending on who you ask.
Chefchaouen, Morocco It was painted blue by a Jewish community that settled there and considered the color good luck. Although society has long since moved away, the bright colors remain a source of joy.
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