And the Winner is… Fred Dustin of Kimnyoung Maze Park! Like Draganfly, his Legacy is One of Creativity and Innovation
Kimnyoung Maze Park is one of the biggest tourist attractions on Jeju Island, South Korea, providing a distinct woodland experience. The luscious, aromatic greenery of the cedar hedge maze is matched with many varieties of equally beautiful, sprawling flowers, trees, and shrubs. Created entirely from volcanic eruptions approximately 2 million years ago, Jeju Island consists chiefly of basalt and lava. Rather than using paving stones, this reddish, cinder-like lava is used on the pathways to keep the park as ecologically friendly as possible.
The challenge of the maze is the thrill of the search with the reward of ringing the silver bell on the bridge at the end of the maze. A popular spot for a school tours and scenic adventures, the pastoral setting has become a standard location for wedding photography. There are even night tours, attractive to couples out for a romantic stroll, complete with solar-powered lighting, LED lamps, and glow-in-the-dark tape to help navigate the maze.
The maze founder, American-born Dr. Fredric H. Dustin, has lived in Korea since the 1950’s. He moved to Jeju in 1971, began work on the maze in 1987, and opened the doors to the public in 1995. He taught in the Tourism Department at Jeju National University until his retirement in 1994. The maze, bursting with symbolic representation of different periods of Jeju’s history, was designed by world-renowned maze designer, Adrian Fisher.
Up to 15% of the profits are given back to the community, mostly through donations to various schools. Fred’s philosophy is that “you get a little bit more value for your money by giving it away”. His community-based approach is an admirable one. “If money is going to be made here, it stays here. Development should be for the people”.
Fred became interested in capturing the breathtaking scenery of his legacy project from the skies above using an unmanned aerial vehicle. In early 2013, he made it a reality with the purchase of a Draganflyer X4-P. The majority of the maze’s aerial photos have been taken with his Draganflyer UAV and showcase the staggering enormity of this attraction.
We’d like to thank Fred, and all of our cherished customers, for the support over the years as we strive to remain the top choice in UAV providers in the world!