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Geomundo Village
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It is the southernmost island of multi-island seas located between Yeosu and Jeju Island.  It is composed of Seo, Dong and Go Islands and only Go Island is frequently called Geomun Island.  Its old names were Sam Island, Samsan Island and Geoma Island, but Admiral Yeo-Chang Jeong of Chin Dynasty, China named it Geomun as the island has many people who excel in literary academics.   

It was included in Heungyang-myeon (today’s Goheung) in 1396, transferred its government office to Tongyeong in 1701, and returned to Heungyang in 1855.  In 1885 (22nd year of the reign of Chosun King Gojong), Geomun Island Incident occurred when Great Britain illegally captured the island saying that they would prevent the Russia’s southward invasions.  At this time, it was called Hamilton Port.  In 1896, Geomun Base was abandoned and the islands were reorganized into Dolsan-gun with Cho and Sonjuk Islands as Upper Islands and Geomun Island as Lower Island.  In 1910, Upper and Lower Islands were combined into Samsan-myeon.  They were included in Yeosu-gun in 1914 and Yeocheon-gun in 1949 and finally integrated into Yeosu in 1998.

The 330ha-wide natural port surrounded by three islands as a lake is called Donae Seas and is used as a harbor where huge ships can freely enter.  With its geographical location, Geomun Island Harbor has constantly been invaded by outer powers.  It is composed of relatively steep mountains including the highest peak of Manghang Mountains of Dong Island (247m), Eumdal Mountains (237m) and Suwol Mountains (128m) of Seo Island.  The coastline has many projections with severe irregularity.  It is mostly composed of rocky coasts and the southern coast of Dong Island forms many sea cliffs.  The average temperature of January is 2℃ and of August is 25℃ with the annual rainfall of 1,361.7㎜.  

Our major productions include sweet potatoes, potatoes, garlic, barley, beans, rapes, sesame and onions.  Japanese mackerels, anchovies, eels, red snappers, hairtails are mostly caught and natural oysters, seaweeds and clams are collected by the coast.  The islands are included in National Multi-island Sea Maritime Park.  There remains 3 tombs of British naval soldiers who died here during the British Occupation of Geomun Island; Geomundo Beaches; Seodo Beaches where old Chinese coins of Han Dynasty were found; and Shinjikki's Place with the legend of a mermaid called Shinjikki. 《Geomun Island Sea Song》 transmitted as words-of-mouth through the villagers is 1st Intangible Cultural Asset of Jeollanam Province.  There are three elementary schools, six elementary school campuses and two junior high schools.  There are lighthouses on the southernmost and northernmost parts of Seo Island.  It is first settled by Chu Family about 360 years ago and every lunar Jan 15, we perform rituals for Chu Family Grandmothers as our guardian spirits.  

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Geomundo Village
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