Sites of Korea’s dark tourism

During the Joseon period, smoke signal stations and beacon mounds were used to transmit urgent political or military news by smoke or torchlight. These stations were built on hills where there had once been additional stations roughly six kilometres to the east and west of Sagye-ri’s station.

Smoke signal station, Sagye-ri
Smoke signal station, Sagye-ri

Only a couple of hundred metres from this station were caves built into the coastal cliffs of Mt Songaksan during the Japanese occupation using forced Jeju labour. The Japanese hid small ships in these cliff caves that were used for suicide attacks against the allied forces towards the end of the Pacific War.

Tunnels in Songaksan Mountain, Jeju
Tunnels in Mr Songaksan, Jeju Island

Four kilometres away was the most recent sign of an enemy invasion. Above the beach by Mount Songaksan was a reminder of where a U.S. ship landed bringing troupes and supplies during the U.S. war on Korea.

2 thoughts on “Sites of Korea’s dark tourism”

  1. Hi Mallee πŸ˜€

    This is my first time visiting your blog, nice to know you ~ πŸ™‚ by the way, Songaksan is one of favorite place in Jeju Island. Sometimes, when I wanna enjoy my free times, I will go to Songaksan only to sit in the long chair near the big rock and watching the sea in front of my eyes πŸ˜€

    Sorry if my english is bad, because english is not my native language. Keep sharing and writing, Mallee πŸ˜€ by the way, I cannot put my blog link because I’m not using wordpress. So I submit this comment using Google Account πŸ˜€ hehe. My blog is http://www.creameno.com πŸ™‚

    Thank you and have a good weekend~!

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