Ulleungdo, Ulleung-gun

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Ulleung-do is a South Korean island 120 km (75 mi) east of the Korean Peninsula, formerly known as the Dagelet Island or Argonaut Island in Europe, Dingbian (定邊) in China, and Utsuryo (鬱陵島) in Japan. Volcanic in origin, the rocky steep-sided island is the top of a large stratovolcano which rises from the seafloor, reaching a maximum elevation of 984m at Seonginbong Peak. The island is 11.3km in length and 12.4km in width; it has an area of 73.15km2. It has a population of 10,426 inhabitants.The island makes up the main part of Ulleung County, North Gyeongsang Province, South Korea and is a popular tourist destination. The main city of Ulleung-do is the port of Dodong (도동/道洞), which serves as the main ferry port between Ulleung-do and the Korean mainland. After tourism, the main economic activity is fishing, including its well-known harvest of squid, which can be seen drying in the sun in many places.HistoryThe island consists primarily of trachyandesite rock. A major explosive eruption about 9,350 years ago reached a Volcanic Explosivity Index of 6 and deposited tephra as far as central Honshū over 800km away, while producing pyroclastic flows on the island and decapitating its top to form a caldera.Archaeological evidence indicates that the island has been inhabited since the 1st millennium BC. The first confirmed historical reference to Ulleung-do is in the Samguk Sagi for the year 512. In that year, the Silla general Kim Isabu conquered the island, which had previously been the autonomous nation of Usan-guk. Some accounts relate that he used a number of wooden lions to intimidate the population, threatening to turn them loose unless they surrendered.
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  • This island is a wonderful place to visit but you really need to be flexible for the departure date. When I visited, the ferry to Mukho operated but not the one to Pohang. Some people I met on the isl...  more »
  • It makes perfect sense to have a good season to travel in the summer if you just jumped into the waters of the sea would be too clear and clean. Embark on the horizon and the sky and the ground ~ ~ a tremendous scenery
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  • Uleungdo is beautiful, Ive visited it a lot island in Korea and this one takes the trophy. It lacks sandy beaches but the coast line of volcanic rock and clear waters accompanied with steep rock cliff...  more »

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