Water-related or water heritage can, indeed, serve the needs of present populations and make informed choices concerning our future, such as sustainable development. The reuse, adaptation, or redesign of old water-related systems can contribute to the quality of life of communities and other groups, to their sense of place and self-identification, and finally to the achievement of sustainable development. The aim of my paper is to make a case study on the Jejudo Island in Korea through which to understand and analyze the changing relationship between water and heritage while paying attention to the potential contribution of water heritage to the planning on the sustainable development. Until modern water facilities were introduced in the 1980s, spring water was the main source for the residents on Jejudo Island to obtain for their daily use. Most villages were located along the coastline, where spring water could be found easily. The history and culture of Jeju Island, therefore, cannot be thought in separation from the spring water. It is characterized largely by the wisdom on how to save and consume the water while viewing it as a public resource to share. Considering such a historic fact, my paper will make an inquiry into the following theoretical as well practical issues: How do we restore the relation between geography and planning, to tackle the problems involved with the relation between water heritage and sustainable development? How do we contribute to the making of the scale-linkage between policy and the reality of a place, in order to improve the role of water heritage in the process of sustainable development?
Keywords: water(-related) heritage|sustainable development|Jejudo Island| spring water|theoretical issues