Indonesian park workers build traditional Korean village with help from Google search

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Many Korean signs displayed at Jeju Park are poorly written. (Yonhap)

SEOUL, April 29 (Korea Bizwire)Malaya Park is located hundreds of kilometers southeast of the Indonesian capital Jakarta, in the Tasikmalaya Regency, West Java Province.

Although it has been open since March on a trial basis, the park is expected to hold its official opening next month.

Inside, a hanok village has been built in “Jeju Park”, where a number of traditional Korean houses have been built as well as Korean-style gardens and K-pop streets.

How did Tasikmalaya Regency, a rural area home to some 600,000 people, become an unusual place for a Korean-style park?

Surprisingly, five creative staff from Malaya Park managed to build Jeju Park in three months based on images and information gathered from Google searches. Not a single one of them has been to Korea before.

“We were not able to receive any expertise or consultation from Koreans and other experts during the construction of the park,” said the director of Malaya Park.

“We want to fix what’s wrong before the grand opening next month. We want to tell visitors about South Korea.

In fact, many Korean signs displayed at Jeju Park are poorly written. As staff had to rely solely on Google to collect “what looks good,” some of the signage on the signs was either incomprehensible or almost unrecognizable.

The director of the Korean Cultural Center in Indonesia, Kim Yong-woon, recently visited the park as an advisor and was amazed at the efforts to establish the park.

“Some of the decorations in the park, including Chinese lanterns and Japanese cherry blossoms, did not symbolize Korea, so we decided to send them a list of revisions. We will also send appropriate images and photos to replace the ones they collected online, ”Kim said.

HM Kang (hmkang@koreabizwire.com)


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