What is SoopCheWon?

It is Korea’s first recreational facility owned by Korea Forest Welfare Institute which focuses on forest education. It has been built to be environment-friendly byaiming at user’s safety and convenience and by considering the efficiency of facility management, it has developed programs to customize to all ages and types.
It has been established to perform various functions such as improving people’s awareness about the importance and value of our forest and actualizing social unification.

※ This has been certified as a program and institution through the Korea Forest Service, the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Environment, the Ministry of Gender Equality and Family and Presidential Committee on Green Growth.


  • Due to an increased time for extracurricular activities, and a rising interest in forests and gaining experience in forestry among the youth and general public as a result of an increase in the five-day workweek
  • Due to not having much space and opportunities for youth and the general public to receive systematic education about the forest
  • The need to construct nature-friendly facilities that provide specialized education and programs which enable the youth and general public to gain differentiated experience with the forest
  • An active model needs to be proposed for a newly improved management of the existing youth training center and forest lodge


  • To provide a space and program where youth from urban areas can easily receive systematic education about the forest and trees
  • To positively influence youth’s emotions and enhance the youth’s understanding about the forest through Green Education on forests and trees and to instill awareness of forest preservation
  • To be used as a place for the public to participate in various meetings, seminar, exhibition, and a meeting place for relevant civic organization as well as a place for advertising forestry

Expected Outcome

  • Establish a foothold for new forestry recreation culture, and provide experience-oriented education by breaking away from the traditional standardized and collective education of youth training facilities.
  • Education and promotionon the environment for the youth who are the future by creating environment-friendly facilities
  • Provides an opportunity for minority groups such as the youth, the disabled and children without parents to experience the forest
  • To establish Korea’s first education institution which focuses on forestry by introducing a qualification system in forestry experience and as a commentator
  • An energy-saving architecture which uses nature-friendly materials such as alternative energy, sun light, and Korea-made timber

Structure of the Organization

Customer Satisfaction Team
Forest Education Team
Forest healing team


March - November 2010

Created Healing Forest (279ha)

April 2011

Opened Healing Forest

December 2013

Selected a target area for construction at the site meeting

January 2014

Interim report for basic plan

March 2014

Report on the final basic plan and enforcement plan

May 2014

Completed basic and enforcement plan

December 2015

Constructed Jangseong Forestry Education Center

April 2016

Opened National Jangseong SoopCheWon(Forestry Education Center, including Jangseong Cypress ‘Healing’ forest)