The magnificent scenery of the northmost island in the Yellow Sea, Baekryeongdo Dumujin
Baengnyeongdo Island, the fourteenth largest island of Korea, is located in the northernmost part of the West Sea.
The name Baengnyeongdo means ‘a crane flying with outstretched white wings.’ There is a beautiful stretch of coast in Yeonhwa-ri, Baengnyeongdo Island known as the Dumunjin Coast.
Dumunjin, which means ‘shaped like the head of a general,’ is made up of coastal cliffs that have been carved into windbreaks by tidal erosion, as well as an array of uniquely shaped rocks that have been weather beaten over many millions of years.
Several rare species of indigenous flowers grow on the 30-40meter-high cliffs, including haeguk (Aster sphathulifolius).
Some of the wild plants that grow there are used to make natural dye; the blackberry lilies that grow in the cracks of large rocks are particularly notable.
Kokkiribawi Rock, Janggunbawi Rock, Sinseondae Cliff, Seondaeam Rock, and Hyeongjebawi Rock are among the various rocks dorted along the shoreline, and they are said to closely resemble those on Hongdo Island and Busan's Taejongdae Cliffs.
Yi Dae-gi, who lived during the reign of King Gwanghaegun of the Joseon Dynasty, praised Seondaeam Rock in Baengnyeongji (Record of Baengnyeong), in which he wrote that it looked like the last masterpiece of an ancient god.
Dumunjin Coast is so beautiful that some Koreans call it the “Haegeumgang of the West Sea.”