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Fishing Boasts on Mudflats in S. Korea
By Mr. Yoon Young-Hwan

Some fishing boats are stranded on the vast mudflats under the warm autumnal sun in Ganghwa Island in Incheon City, South Korea on a sunny day of mid-autumn in this photo taken by Mr. Yoon Young-Hwan.

This picture explains that western coastal wetlands of the Korean Peninsula show one of the highest difference between the rise and fall of the water level due to tides. The difference is as high as
8.5 meter around its western coastal areas.

At the height of the Korean War (1950-53) on Sept. 15, 1950 US Gen. Douglas MacArthur (1880-1964) made an amphibious landing at Incheon west of Seoul surrounding the fleeing North Korean attackers in spite of a strong warning about the high tide from his staffs.

In actuality, Korea's west coast tidal flats are one of the five major mudflats in the world, along with the eastern coast of Canada, the eastern coast of the US, Germany's North Sea coast, and the mudflats of the Amazon River basin.

Over 83 percent of all the Korean Peninsula's mudflats are localted around its western cocastal area facing Yellow Sea of China, providing a variety of seafoods for its folks.

The Korean coastal wetlands are surely ecological wonders, providing for a rich ecosystem in which abundant animals, fish, and plants reside. They are vital source of food for the locals.

Annually, the Boryeong Mud Festival is held in Boryeong City, South Chungcheon Province on the western side of the Korean Peninsula, which is a two-hour drive from Seoul.
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