Route:Gonae Port (start, 0.0 km) - Sineom Port (1.5) - entrance of walkway (2) - Namdu signaling site (2.8) - Jungeom Saemul (3.8) - Gueom Port (4.8) - Susanbong (6.4) - Gomsol, black pine tree (7) - Susan Reservoir (7.2) - Susan-ri (9.3) - welfare center in Yewondong (10.5) - Jangsumul, spring (11.3) - Hangpaduri, historical site of resisting Mongolia (12.6) - Goseong stream path (13.7) - Sungjodang shrine (14.4) - Cheonghwa Village (16.1) - Hyanglimsa temple (17) - Gwangryeong Elementary School (17.5) - Gwangryeong 1-ri Village office (17.8 km, finish)
----Course takes about seven hours to complete
Grade: 30.0 (24th overall)
Natural scenery and landscape
Conditions of the trail
Environmental damage / lack of footprint on the area
Crowd control / compared to how many people are using trail
Strengths:Around Susanbong, there are a few nice offshoot trails, as well as on the backside a person will meet a very old (400 years) Japanese black pine and the Susan Reservoir. This short blip on the course is the place to be. If a history buff, go inside Hangpaduri and see what is there. For English reading material surrounding this time period, check out the two stories in the links about the Three Patrols Revolt.
Weaknesses:Any area in the world between a city and country could be dicey. There is a strange feel to this course, it ranks the lowest of all 24.
English learning opportunities:Gomsol - black pine tree, Hangpaduri (multiple)
Quotable:“The [May 1293] battle was short-lived. The Goryeo-Mongol army quickly overran the outer walls of Hangpaduri, the main fortress, forcing the rebels back behind the inner walls. After several volleys of fire arrows set part of the fortress on fire, it capitulated. Some of the rebel leaders were executed immediately, but Kim T’ongjong and about 70 men managed to escape into the countryside and hid on the slopes of Mount Halla. Within the next couple of months they were all dead. The rebels, for the most part, died fighting in a final pitched battle and Kim, the only survivor, rather than be captured, elected to commit suicide on Halla’s slopes -- Robert Neff, Jeju Weekly
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