Safety fears close cliff from hit Korean drama
THE famous cliff from 2014 hit Korean TV drama My Love From The Star has been temporarily closed to the public over safety concerns.
According to the Incheon Metropolitan City, the cliff in Songdo was graded worrisome D and E in its latest safety examination. It prompted authorities to bar visitors to the area since April 22.
Experts have reportedly warned that the cliff face was unstable and could result in deadly rock falls as, up to 1994, it was used as a quarry.
However, the city is known to have made exceptions for mass Chinese tour groups.
The Incheon Tourism Organisation said: "On occasions when the tourists make a group request through their travel agency, we have allowed short visits arranged in a way so that they were not too near the hazardous parts."
The Incheon city government plans to conduct meetings with relevant authorities today to bolster safety measures and reopen the area as quickly as possible.
It also intends to come up with ways to transform the mountain on which the cliff is located into a hallyu theme park.
Building a cafe in the theme of My Love From The Star and a place where tourists can make wishes with "binyeo", the traditional Korean hairpin featured in the TV drama, are a few of the ideas under review.
Offering rides in old-style Korean sedan chairs is also being considered.
Starring actors Jun Ji Hyun and Kim Soo Hyun, My Love From The Star was a phenomenal success in 2014, both domestically and abroad.
The Songdo rock mountain is affectionately nicknamed the Cheon-Do cliff by drama fans, as it is where the lead female character Cheon Song Yi was rescued by her male counterpart Do Min Joon from a near-death experience.
THE KOREA HERALD/ASIA NEWS NETWORK