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Hai-myeon Deogmyeong-ri footprint fossil location


Hai-myeon Deogmyeong-ri coast is the place where dinosaur footprint fossils were found for the first time in Korea in January 1982. Afterwards,  everywhere along the coast, many of the dinosaur footprint fossils were found and this area is one of the best places in the world for variety and productive density of the dinosaur footprint fossils. This place was also designated as a precious natural monument No. 411(the area producing dinosaur and bird’s footprint fossils in Goseong Deogmyeong-ri) in 14th. September 1999, due to there having been found the Koreanaornis hamanensis and Jindongornipes kimi.

As the above shows 12 places, approximate 1200 kinds of fossils were found in Deogmyeong-ri coast. 170 foot lines of Fragment types, 65 foot lines of Sauropoda types, 65 foot lines of theropoda types and bird footprints were found in 10 habitats, 9 habitats, 4 habitats and 14 layers of 4 habitats respectively. Amongt these, the vestige fossils of dinosaurs, birds and invertebrates have been often discovered.   Particularly, this place is for new type of the footprint reported as Kim Bong Kyun’s Jindongornipes kimi. Also near the southern anchovy factory, foot lines of Sauropoda types were discovered in the only intrusive rock which is one kind of igneous rock in the world. In the coast between Jejeon village and the youth training center, a dinoturbation layer which is called the dinosaur’s dance stage was discovered.


Jejeon village Coast
Jejeon village is the place where the dinosaur footprint fossils were found for the very first in Korea and has the most vistors due to easy accessiblilty.
Along the southern-west road of the Jejeon village, it is possible to find the dinosaur footprint fossils which include the first discovred one in Korea, and Koreanaornis hamanensis.

The east side of Gyeongsangnamdo youth training center
Gyeongsangnamdo youth training center, where young people cultivate their minds in natural surroundings, is located in Hai-myeon Deogmyeong-ri. In this place, it is possible to observe the footprint fossils of fragment types, sauropoda types and bird footprint fossils.

The west side of Gyeongsangnamdo youth training center
This place is the coast along the west road of the Gyeongsangnamdo youth training center and here, it is able to find foot lines of middle sized sauropoda types.

Around Sangjeok Rock and the south coast.
Sangjeok Rock is the vertical cliff which looks like table legs and is located along the west road of the the Gyeongsangnamdo youth training center. It is also called “Two legs or Two feet”, due to its shape. There is a cave which was made by wave erosion and passing this cave, you can find a rock bed. In the rock bed and cave, it is possible to observe the dinosaur footprint fossils.

The west hill of Sangjeok Rock
In the west hill of Sangjeok Rock, footprint fossils of the fragment types have been well preserved. Due to their being located in the hill, it is always possible to observe these fossils without disturbance of the tide, which is different to other footprint fossils ever introduced.

The east coast of Deokmyung Village
When moving eastwards from Deokmyung village along the coast road, breakwater can be found. In an outcrop of the eastern breakwater, it is possible to observe the footprint fossils of fragment and sauropoda types

The south-east coast of Deokmyung Village
Near the south-east coast of the anchovy factory which is far from Deokmyung village by approximate 200m, there is a propylite intrusive rock of 2m thickness, which includes footprint fossils of large sized saurpoda types in its surface. Generally, it is known that fossils are found in the sedimentary rock, but in this area, dinosaur footprints were discovered in igneous rock.  This was for the first time in the world, and this has drawn a lot of attention.

The Rock at the end of the South Side of Deokmyung Village
If the road is followed down from here and lava stratum can be followed and an interpenetrated rock sheet has fresh stratum above it.  Nearby various dinosaur footprint fossils have been found and Kim Bong Gyun’s Jindongornipes kimi and traces can be observed.

The shore between the south side of Deokmyung Village and Bonghwagol
Bonghwagol, along with Jejeon Village, was one of the first places dinosaur footprints were discovered in 1982.  The outcrop first discovered regrettably vanished with the development of Bonghwagol beach.  From Bonghwagol to Deokmyung village various dinosaur footprints are being discovered.

The South of Bonghwagol Fishery Neighbourhood Coast
From the south of Bonghwagol there is a low hill and beyond this a fishery.  The coast south of the fishery has a small uninhabited island and the outcrop to the south of that contains a lot of dinosaur footprints and new footprints, which are clearly preserved.

Silbawi East Shore
To the south of the fishery the east side coast can be seen. Here the footprint tracks of the fragment types, sauropoda types and large therpoda types have been discovered.

Shore near Silbawi
This is located past Bonghwagol and fishery and towards the south-west direction of the peninsula.  Over a 1 year period the sediments build up in summer and winter seasons and the annual layer of stratum can be seen.  The south coast is a beach which was formed by the sedimentation of perpendicular cliff.  The shoreline, due to sedimentation of sea waves has developed sea cliffs and sea caves.  The outcrop sticks out as a result of the sedimentation from sea waves and dinosaur footprints can be seen on the stratum.