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Word on the street about Mt. Halla controversy
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승인 2011.07.31  15:48:06
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Yoon Ja Bang, 69, Landscaper
I believe Jeju citizens should protect and manage Mt. Halla. I really care about this. I will be really upset if Seoul central government manages Mt. Halla. I do not believe the Jeju provincial government has been working very hard to solve this situation.


Bang Ho Gil, 23,
Doing military service
I don’t care. Frankly speaking I am not that interested in political areas, and I don’t believe that it really matters. There might be some differences between the provincial management and the national management, but it doesn’t matter.

Kim Tae Seop, 41, Entrepreneur
I haven’t thought about it.




Kim Chang Eui, 52
The Jeju provincial government is crazy because Mt. Halla is Jeju’s property, but why are they giving it to the central government? First problem is about its property. The second problem concerns its nature. Mt. Halla is important to Jeju Island and gives us water and lots of natural resources.

Kim Hyung Ji, 20, Student at Jeju teacher’s college
I don’t know about it, but I care about it. I think that the quality might be different from Jeju’s administration from the nation’s administration.



Yoon Na Rae, 21,
University Student
I just heard about it, and I don’t really have a specific opinion about it. It doesn’t really matter.


Lee Won Suk, 20, University Student
I care a bit. I worry that the management might be loose after it goes to the national administration. I don’t really know how but I think the management might be less strict.


Kim Seong Gu, 54, Public company employee
I believe Mt. Halla is the symbol of Jeju Island so I think it is better if the Jeju government manages the national park. Since Mt. Halla was designated as a UNESCO national heritage, it will be much better for the provincial government to take care of it, since it will have much more meaning. If the national government manages Mt. Halla that meaning will be a little degraded.

(Interpretation and transcription by Erin Ahnam Kim)

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