Haemoon Phyen

Manager, Miracle Playground, Korea

Haemoon Phyen is a playground advocate and designer of the Miracle Playground project in Suncheon, South Korea. He regards himself as a movement advocate voicing that 'children have the right to play.' He has been working on photography of Children and Play in Asia and the Middle East for over 10 years. In recent years, Mr. Phyen has been working with the Miracle Playground project to change Korea's uniform playgrounds by creating a new style. The project tries to exclude artificial facilities and equipment, and aims for a playground in a natural setting. Mr. Phyen's future goal is to create a participatory playground where children, citizens, and local administration collaborate. The motto of this playground is 'learn to look after yourself and play hard!'. He holds a Master's degree in folklore from Andong National University and is in the process of completing a Ph.D. in early childhood education at Pusan National University.