In front of a crowd of 20,000 people on Iho Beach adjoining Jeju City, the Official Inauguration of Jeju Island as one of the New7Wonders of Nature took place today. Among those taking part in the ceremony were Professor Chung Un-chan, former Prime Minister of South Korea, Jeju Governor Woo Keun-min, Bernard Weber, Founder-President of New7Wonders, and Jean-Paul de la Fuente, Director of New7Wonders.
“The result of the New7Wonders of Nature reveal the active participation of the citizens in their countries and supporters all around the world,” said Bernard Weber. “The competition was lively and fair, and to have made it in to the canon of 7 is a great success for the 15 countries that now host the New7Wonders of Nature,” he added. “From its inception my goal was to bring inspiration and create motivation and participation on themes that everyone on our planet can understand, themes that have real and lasting value.”
The unveiling of the specially-cast bronze plaque marking the listing of Jeju Island as a member of the “canon of 7” was the highlight of a spectacular show featuring traditional shaman rituals, music, dance, drumming and the largest-ever fire, flame and light spectacle ever seen on Jeju Island.