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Wonsuak Volcanic Cone

Peaceful Scenery with Cedars and Pines

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Seen from afar the two volcanic cones appear to look lying flat across; this is because Gamnang Oreum Volcanic Cone is just a grassfield connected to the northeast. The northern summit is rugged with boulders, and the west a horse-shoe shaped crater, with Japanese cedars and pine trees in certain spots with grass all throughout. There is a spring named “Wonmul” to the southern fields, used as a drinking fountain for people in the past, now a fountain for horses. It is said that the spring was given its name in the Joseon Dynasty, when a parched high warden passed by and quenched his thirst from it, and then the names “Wonmul Oreum Volcanic Cone” and “Wonsuak” were given to the Volcanic Cone itself. Another interpretation is that it was named after the spring and the Won empire when it built a stable that made use of the spring, thus “Wonmul” (Won water). The last interpretation is that acolytes from a temple Won used the water from the springs since long ago, and naturally came to be called “Wonmul.” On the summit of this volcanic cone is a huge boulder which the commonfolk have come to call “Gogoribawi Rock” or “Gogoriam.” The term “Gogori” is the medieval language and Jeju dialect for the stalk of a fruit.


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