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Heohwa-myeon Idae footprint fossil location


The dinosaur footprints in Heohwa-myeon were first discovered by the Korean Paleontology Committee in 2000.  Dinosaur footprints have been discovered in various locations in Heohwa-myeon.  In particular in the Danghangpo sightseeing area there are many dinosaur footprints along the beach.  Even along the Orseon Woncheon beach there are footprints of sauropoda types, and among those, of the small sauropoda types.  Even inland there have been dinosaur footprints discovered and to the north of the Danghangpo sightseeing area there are footprints trails over 1m long as well as fragment type footprints of various sizes.

In addition, near Heohwa-myeon Industrial Complex at the entrance of Jeokseok Mountain dinosaur footprints have also been discovered.  In addition to the north of Danghangpo sightseeing area there are preservations of raindrop traces.  These fossils consist of 21 footprint trails of fragment types in 7 mountainous districts and 39 footprint trails of sauropoda types in 7 mountainous districts.  One set of footprint trail of therpoda types were found in one mountainous district.  Along the coast of Heohwa-myeon Orseon Woncheon there is a 9cm long sauropoda type footprint trail, which is the smallest in the world.  North of Danghangpo sightseeing area, there is a 109cm long, extremely large saurpoda type footprint.


Fossil footprints exposed to water
Currently, there are is special way to preserve footprints that are frequently exposed to water. We could build artificial structures to prevent the inflow of seawater, but that would not only spoil the scenery but destroy the natural environment as well. What can be done is to periodically remove the barnacles on the footprints so they do not get totally submerged. This process should be done with care lest the footprints get damaged. Reckless use of knives and other tools are not recommended.

Fossil footprints exposed to water
Currently, there are is special way to preserve footprints that are frequently exposed to water. We could build artificial structures to prevent the inflow of seawater, but that would not only spoil the scenery but destroy the natural environment as well. What can be done is to periodically remove the barnacles on the footprints so they do not get totally submerged. This process should be done with care lest the footprints get damaged. Reckless use of knives and other tools are not recommended.

Nearby Heohwa-myeon Industrial Complex
To the west of this industrial complex there is a streamlet where various dinosaur footprint fossils have been discovered.  Along this streamlet about 200m upwards there are other dinosaur footprint fossils.

Orseon Woncheon Shore
Here if the coast is followed south saurpoda types’ footprint trails can easily be seen.  In addition fragment types’ footprint trails are visible during the ebb tide.  Also, if the coast is followed south west again there are small and medium sized fragment types’ footstep trails which can be seen.

Jeokseok Mountain Entrance by the old national road
Before the current national road line number 14 connecting Ma San-Geseong-Tongyong was established the old national road existed which is to the entrance of Jeokseok Mountain.  At the entrance of this mountain sauropoda type footprint fossils can be discovered.

Near Danghangpo sightseeing area
There is a well-known for a sea which is like a lake. The sea is in between the south of the east sea and is almost not affected by the high sea, maintaining a tranquil lake-like appearance. In particular, General Lee Soon-Shin raised a sweeping victory site two times during the Japanese invasion of Korea in 1592 as a meaning of self-annihilation for the sake of one’s country. The citizens of Goseong all gathered in 1987 to open this as a sightseeing place in order to pass along the meaning to the younger generation. In addition, this was the main location for the 2006 Gyeongnam Goseong Dinosaur World Expo, containing a Dinopia Hall, Dinosaur Exchange Hall, Viewing stones Hall, Life-size Turtle-ship Experience Hall and such various events and colorful performances.

Danghangpo Sightseeing area East Side Shore
This is the place about 200m east of the dock in Danghangpo Sightseeing area, following along the shore. There are various dinosaur footprints here and in the shallow waters there are traces of ripple marks, which produce sedimentary substances, enabling observations of traces.
Danghangpo sightseeing area South side shore
Nearby Danghangpo sightseeing area North side