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Morai Oreum Volcanic Cone

Named for Its Resemblance to a Hat with a Broad Brim

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The top of Morai Oreum Vocanic Cone forms a mountain top crater, which is surrounded by the back of the ridge in the shape of a wide oval. The mountain top crater is dish-shaped and dented in the center with an exterior circumference of approximately 500m. The crater has been filled in to its current shape of a flat land and now there are only traces left. All slopes are gentle and covered in a thick forest of pine trees and Japanese cedars. “Mora” reminds us of the old name of Jejudo Island, Seommora. According to the research by Park Yong-hu, “mora” means “moe (mountain)” in the old tongue. It can also mean a “castle” or a “country.” “Mora” changed to “mori”, which finally changed to “moi” as it is today. In sum, “morai” means a “mountain.” Although it may sound banal, his explanation gives us a clue about the origin of “morai.” It is said that people have called the volcanic cone Morai Volcanic Cone or Morai Oreum Volcanic Cone since the Japanese colonial period. Morai is a combined notation of the phonetic value characters and Monamona originated from Morai with the third character “I” omitted.


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