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An Exploratory Study of Experiential Motivation on Historical and Heritage Tourism and the Evolution of Self-Identity: Focused on Tsushima Island Historic Relics

이종열 1 Lee, Hyung-ryong 1

1세종대학교

Excellent Accredited

ABSTRACT

The purpose of this study is to diagnose the possibility of a thought shift concerning alienated historical heritage. It is also to investigate the effect of anger about deprived history on the motivation to experience historical heritage tourism and to examine the processes involved in the evolution of self- identity. The study method is an exploratory one and applied ‘ground theory’ among other qualitative research methods. A purposive sample for the study was collected from nine historical heritage tourists in Tsushima. Interview participants consisted of 5 female and 4 male participants who were students, workers, and housewives. Interview data analysis revealed 43 subcategories and 16 top categories. The conclusions of the study are as follows: First, among participants in the study, tourist anger at having their history plundered was found to influence the motivation for experiencing historical heritage tourism and the process of evolution in their selfidentity. Second, by touring historical relics plundered, the necessity for a thought shift is recognized by participants. Furthermore, this evolution of selfidentity is embodied in dark history. Third, throughout this study, it was determined that by understanding the reality between Korea and Japan, new opportunities for future design and an expectation of change in life attitude is seen. Fourth, in the cases where historical heritage became the background, it was confirmed that the recognition and memory of the study participants also played a significant role.

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