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Run southbound on Jungbu Highway from Seoul toward Juksan-myeon of Anseong and exit at Iljuk Interchange to arrive at Juksan Catholic Church.  Nearby the Church we find the place where many Catholic believers were executed, and the site of the government building at which they were examined and tortured in 1866.  Because of the geographical location of Juksan at the division point of Chungcheong-do, Jeolla-do, and Gyeongsang-do, a government building was located here since the early Joseon Dynasty.  When the Catholic believers of the nearby areas were captured, they were brought to this government building, currently Juksan-myeon Office, to be tortured and executed.  Only 25 of the martyrs who were killed at this government building were named on 「Execution Log」 and 「Testimonials」.  However, considering that the government erected Anti-West Monuments and used Five Households in a Unit system to sort out and brutally execute the Catholic believers, we can imagine the countless martyrs who were executed during the government’s war against the Western influence.  
In Juksan, fathers and sons or husbands and wives were often killed together.  They were tortured at the government building and were taken to Ijeunteo to be executed.  Although Ijeunteo has now turned into a corner of a pasture after being excavated, we are told that it used to be a hidden valley surrounded by old pine trees.  The original name of this place was Ijinteo.
In the Goryeo Dynasty, the Mongolian troops set their base at this location to attack Jukju Fortress.  This is why it was named Ijinteo (Location of Chinese invaders’ base).  During the Great Catholic Execution of 1866, however, people started to call this place Ijeunteo (Forgotten Place) as people often said, "If one is taken there, forget him since he is dead."  It was the background of a tragic event to which many beloved ones, families, and relatives were taken and never returned from.  
In Juksan, there is also a place called Dudeulgi.  It is a large village with about 80 households now, but it used to be a street of pubs in the old times.  There are many interesting stories about the origin of its name.  Some say that it is called Dudeulgi because its topography is slightly projected, while others say that it is because the land was too muddy that people had to pound their shoes against the ground to remove the mud.  Nonetheless, Dudeulgi turned into a tragic and sad place because of the Catholic Execution of 1866.  Catholic believers from Yongin, Anseong, Wonsam, etc., used to stop by the pubs for a rest on their way to the government for examination, torture and/or execution.  The police officers often beat up the Catholic believers for no reason and the families pounded on the ground and cried out for the believers.  Dudeulgi implies “to pound” or “to be beaten up.”  The Place of Martyrs where 25 known martyrs were killed still preserves the firm religious faith of Korean ancestors.  The believers of Juksan Catholic Church had long planned to erect a monument at this Place of Martyrs, but did not have enough funds until recently.  They raised funds by selling grapes to purchase and develop a nearby piece of land, which is now open to public, to cherish and commemorate the martyrdom of early Catholic believers in Korea.  

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