Mt. Dan and the bad feng shui


We’ve seen the hill in the foreground of the photo above often enough, south of the road between Global Education City and Musuelpo, but I’d not been able to find out it’s name until yesterday; it’s not acknowledged on any map I’ve seen, even though it’s quite a substantial outcrop. Now I find it has two names, Mt. Dan or Bagumji Oreum, the latter (according to a notice on the approach road), because “its shape conjures up a huge bat spreading its wings”. The same notice says that the feng shui is ominous.


Quite unexpectedly, we found there was a way to the top. It was a bright, clear day (which isn’t bad for 11 days before Christmas) and there were views across the whole of south-west Jeju. The photo above looks southwards to the sea; the photo below looks northwards. There’s a series of oreum on the horizon, and Mt. Halla is behind the promontory in the foreground. Global Education City is in the middle-distance of the photo below, although you can’t pick it out at this scale.


And here’s one more photo looking southwards – I’ve written about that lump of higher ground in the distance before: it’s Songaksan, the southern tip of Jeju.


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