South Korean seaweed expo draws in thousands
While Wando, South Korea, may not show up on most people's radars, this charming fishing town has transformed into a veritable paradise for seaweed enthusiasts around the world thanks to its annual, international seaweed expo.
"Wando is the heaven of algae," said Kim Jong-sik, both the town's governor and the festival's chief organizer. "For many years, seaweed has been known for its various health and beauty benefits. I want to see all Koreans eat a dish or two of seaweed at every meal."
As The Wall Street Journal reports, organic seaweed is a major staple of not only South Korean lifestyles but the country's economy as well. According to the source, South Korea produces 850,000 tons of seaweed a year — making it the fourth-largest producer of the sea plant in the world — half of which comes from Wando. As Governor Kim notes, seaweed isn't just a versatile source of food and medicine, it's a lifeline for Wando, responsible for creating jobs and steadily rising incomes among the town's 53,000 strong population.
But it's not just South Koreans who are lining up for the local expo. Over 2,000 people flocked to this year's festival, some waiting in line for hours before the doors opened. One Japanese businessman arrived as early as 2 a.m. and stood outside the festival gates for more than six hours!
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