Ungok Wetland

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Ungok Wetland

  • Country: 
    Republic of Korea
  • Site number: 
  • Area: 
    180 ha
  • Designation date: 
  • Coordinates: 
    35°27'N 126°38'E
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Ungok Wetland. 07/04/2011; North Jeolla Province; 180 ha; 35°28'N 126°39'E. The whole site is designated as a Wetland Conservation Area and part of the site is an Electric Source Development Area and an Agricultural Conservation Land Area. Ungok Wetland is located in the southwest part of the Republic of Korea and consists of Ungok Lake and Obaygol low-moor (Obaygol wetland). Obaygol low-moor was used for rice paddy cultivation in the past, and overtime the site was completely abandoned. This site supports important species like the vulnerable Chinese Water Deer (Hydropotes inermis) and Seoul Frog (Pelophylax chosenicus), and Natural Monument species such as the Common Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus) and Chinese Goshawk (Accipiter soloensis). Natural Monuments are strongly linked to Korean cultural heritage and are consequently protected under national law. Designated as an Electric Source Development Area, the quantity and quality of water is being managed to supply a nuclear power plant. Ungok Wetland is mostly surrounded by natural forest and a Dolmen World Heritage Site is also located here. This site is thought to be the biggest dolmen community in Asia and is thought to be home to human beings who lived by hunting and gathering during prehistoric times. The Department of Nature Environment, Jeonju Regional Environmental Agency and Department of Environment and Hygiene, Gochang-gun Office, is responsible for the management of this site. Ramsar Site no.1947. Most recent RIS information: 2011.

Administrative region: 
North Jeolla Province

  • National legal designation: 
    • Agricultural Conservation Land Area
    • Electric Source Development Area
    • Wetland Conservation Area
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