(CNN) — A South Korean farming neighborhood has reinvented itself by remodeling into an attraction good for the Instagram period.
And with the nation’s borders basically closed because of the coronavirus pandemic, travel-hungry individuals are flocking to the world. Between June and August of 2020, greater than 100,000 guests got here to Banwol Island, a 20% leap from the earlier yr.
Since 2018, greater than 490,000 visitors have visited the islands.
The undertaking was deliberate in 2015 as a part of South Jeolla Province’s branding initiative to “create enticing island locations” and was impressed by the purple bellflowers (aka campanula) which might be native to the world.
Tiny Banwol and Bakji Islands have fewer than 150 complete residents. For the reason that purple undertaking started, the farmers began rising kohlrabi and beets, each of that are on model. The native authorities planted 30,000 New England asters and 21,500 sq. meters of lavender fields.
Guests can stroll between the 2 islands through — you could have seen this coming — one other purple bridge.
Banwol’s dangerous however lovely transfer appears to be paying off. South Koreans who go away the nation and return are topic to a two-week quarantine once they come again, so most locals are choosing home tourism.