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The myth of Seolmundae Halmang and the 500 Generals
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[This is just one of many stories associated with Seolmundae Halmang across Jeju Island. Courtesy of Jeju Tourism Organization.]

Once upon a time there lived Seolmundae Halmang who was unimaginably gigantic and strong. This mystical grandmother shoveled huge mounds of earth and in only seven tosses of her shovel, created Mount Halla. The dirt that fell through her tattered skirt formed each of the more than 360 unique secondary parasitic cones known as oreum. Grandmother Seolmundae gave birth to as many as 500 sons. One day, while all her sons were out hunting a tragedy occurred when Seolmundae, by accident, fell into a gigantic pot of soup she was making to feed her sons. After a while, the sons returned home and hurriedly ate the soup, not knowing their mother was part of it. When they learned the truth, they were so sad that they cried bitter tears and hardened into rocks through the grief they felt for their mother. Their blood and tears shed revive every spring and make Mount Halla bloom in bright color as the royal azaleas blossom.

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