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The sandy beach with fine white sands stretches wide. With beautiful water color and even water level, it is just right for swimming. With good winds breezing in the area, you may spot group of kite surfers in the air. It also has excellent camping site.
It is a lava cave found while organizing the field in Woljeong-ri. The lava cave without an exit formed 3m below ground level, and there are stalactite columns inside it. The size may be small at 110m in length, 5-15m in width, and 1.5-2.5m in height, but its scientific value is immense. It has been protected as Natural Monument #384 since December 1996. You can view the images of Dangcheomul Cave Cave at the Gujwa-eup Office.
It is the largest five-day interval market in east Jeju. Opening near the ocean, the market sells varieties of seafood such as damselfish, tilefish, rockfish, croaker, and cutlass fish. It opens every 5th and 10th. Because it closes at 4pm, if you are hiking on the day the market opens, it may be worthwhile to rush a bit.
Yeondae and Bongsudae are old military facilities, performing the communication function. Generally, Bongsudae is at the top of a mountain and Yeondae in hilly areas. However, in Jeju, they built Yeondae at a prominent spot to observe the ocean. There are 38 Yeondaes in Jeju. They communicated using smoke signals in the daytime and light at night. When it is too murky, or there is rain, a soldier on duty on Yeondae would run to the nearest one to share the news. It is Monument #23-15 of Jeju Special Self-Governing Province.
Prince Gwanghae was first exiled to Ganghwa-do right after the dethronement, and later to Jeju in 1637(King Injo's 15th year), the year of the Manchu war. King Injo did not tell the prince where he was headed. When he had to cross the ocean, the King made sure the ship was covered on all sides. On June 6, 1637, the prince entered Hengwon-pogu(port), Eodeung-po, and he was shocked, realizing he had landed in Jeju. On the next day, he was 'Wirianchi' confined to remain in the west of Manggyeong-roo, Juseong (old section of Jeju City). The 'Wirianchi' confinement was one form of punishment, where the exiled was locked in a house covered by thorn bushes. After four years and four months in 1641(King Injo's 19th year), the prince passed away at the age of 67. Prince Gwanghae held the highest rank among those who were exiled to Jeju, but there is no trace of even where he was 'Wirianchi' confined.
Taeyeok means grass in Jeju dialect. Jeju Olle has given the name because of so much grass. Seongsegi Taeyeok-gil(pathway) continues to Hwanhae Jangseong(long fortress) in Gimnyeong. Hwanhae Jangseong is a stone fortress built over 100km in the coast. Its initial purpose was to prevent Sambyulcho(the special capital defense unit) entering Jeju in 1270(King Wonjong’s 11th year, Koryo Dynasty). It was renovated over and over the end of the Koryo dynasty, when there were many Japanese raids, until the Joseon dynasty. Ten locations that are intact to these days are designated Monument #49 of Jeju Special Self-Governing Province: Hwabuk, Sanyang, Aewol, Bukchon, Hengwon, Handong of Jeju and Onpyeong, Shinsan of Seogwipo). Hwanhae Jangseong of Gimnyeong has recently been restored.