Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Korea Renames Dokdo Peaks to Highlight Sovereignty

The government has given new names to two peaks on Dokdo in a bid to highlight the country's sovereignty over the islets.

The Ministry of Land, Transport and Maritime Affairs said Sunday it has decided to rename a rock formation on the east side "Usanbong" and one on the west side "Daehanbong."

The name Usanbong is derived from historical records. Dokdo itself used to be called Usando during the Chosun Dynasty. The word "Daehan" comes from the country's name in Korean.

The names will be used on official maps, textbooks and websites.

Source: The Chosun Ilbo

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