Recently we spent some quality late-winter time on the island’s northwest coast at Sinchang, Hangyeong-myeon. This is a place famous for its prevailing winds and resulting windswept landscape.
So as you might expect, there are wind turbines … lots of onshore and offshore wind turbines running in the area… and more on the way.
Once you get past the distraction of the 60-meter blades spinning above you and the noise they generate, there’s a certain charm to their relentless generation of clean energy.
These sorts of wind farms do inspire at least a hint of hope amid all the bad news regarding climate change and our uncertain future…
(If you’ve ever flown into Copenhagen Airport, then you may have spotted Middelgrunden, an offshore wind farm that when finished in 2000 was the largest in the world. This is like Jeju’s Middelgrunden.)
Did you know? Jeju Island has for years been planning ahead for energy independence and a carbon-free future. The hope is to be entirely carbon-free and even a net producer of energy to sell back to the mainland by 2030. Things appear to be a bit behind schedule, but it’s a sure bet that we’ll get there someday — sooner than later! Bonus: There’s a rather similar coastal road course on Jeju Island’s northeast side around near Woljeong Beach.
Keep an eye out for the lighthouse and walking bridge, as well as the 16-meter-long stainless steel statue of a Sawedged Perch or dageumbari (Jeju’s most expensive fish at well over 200,000 won a kilogram!)
Click here for more information and a map. (To get there by bus, you can take the 702 intercity bus from Jeju City and get off at Sinchang Middle School. It’s about an hour one way.)
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