Operating National Forest Welfare Facilities
National Forest Education Center
The Korea Forest Welfare Institute conducts forest education for the youth, underprivileged, and general public; develops programs and distributes textbooks related to forest education; and trains teachers in the forest sector at a forest education facilitiy called SoopCheWon.
The name SoopCheWon was decided through a public contest, and means “the best facility to experience the forest.” The Korea Forest Welfare Institute has a total of 7 national SoopCheWon (Hoengseong, Chilgok, Jangseong, Cheongdo, Daejeon, Chuncheon, and Naju).
Forest education program for children to be intimate with nature
Children experiencing the forest
National Forest Therapy Center & National Healing Forest
The Korea Forest Welfare Institute conducts forest therapy programs for the general public, chronic patients, and underprivileged people who need to improve their lifestyles through utilizing forest therapy facilities. The institute is engaged in the development and dissemination of teaching aids and programs related to forest therapy.
The FoWI has 7 national healing forests (Yangpyeong, Daegwallyeong, Daeunsan, Gimcheon, Jecheon, Yesan, and Gokseong), including the National Center for Forest Therapy (Yecheon, Yeongju), the largest forest treatment complex in Korea. The National Center for Forest Therapy provides forest therapy through long-term and short-term lodging for those who want to experience a nature-friendly life, and the National Healing Forest provides a forest therapy program cooperating with using local resources and facilities.
Forest therapy program for foreigners
Tae therapy room
Anion therapy garden
Healing activity in the forest
Barefoot walk program
Indoor exercise room
National Forest Memorial Park
A Forest Memorial Park refers to a forest designated for the burial of cremated ashes to go under or around trees. This practice aligns with the cycle of humans being born in nature and returning to nature in death, thus coexisting with nature forever.
In the Act on Funeral, etc. (Article 2), Forest Memorial Park is defined as a natural burial site created in a forest, and in the Forest Welfare Promotion Act (Article 2), Forest Memorial Park is defined as other forest welfare services. It is classified as one of the forest welfare facilities prescribed by the Presidential Decree.
The Korea Forest Welfare Institute aims to minimize damage to forests and nature, overcome negative perceptions about cemeteries, and spread small-funeral culture through the operation of the National Forest Memorial Park (Yangpyeong), the first national forest memorial park in Korea.