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South Korea

2.4 km (1.5 miles) NW of Sangdu, Chŏlla-bukto, South Korea
Approx. altitude: 26 m (85 ft)
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Antipode: 36°S 53°W

Accuracy: 5 m (16 ft)
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#2: Looking east, the crops continue on a bit until they reach a foliage. #3: Looking south, the processing building and some houses come into view. #4: Looking west, a big apple orchard was getting ready for a new season. #5: iPhone X shows the coordinates of my visit. #6: A selfie to remember by.

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  36°N 127°E (visit #3)  

#1: Looking north, there was a field of covered crops nearby with a hill and a factory visible in the distance.

(visited by Wesley Woo-Duk Hwang-Chung)

06-Apr-2018 -- Continuing the trip from the visit of 35N 127E, I headed due north with my car. Most of the trip was driving along the Honam Expressway, punctuated by a stop at a service area to have lunch. After about two and a half hours, I reached the vicinity of the confluence point in Geumma-myeon, a rural part of the city of Iksan.

I got off my car in front of the entrance to an orchard. The confluence point was situated less than 100 m to the north from here. Going past a building (likely a processing center for the harvested fruits), I encountered yet more barking dogs. Hearing them, someone came out of the building. I explained the nature of my visit to him, and I had no trouble continuing on.

Avoiding the reach of the dogs, I walked a few meters to the north and arrived in front of a patch of crops covered in black vinyl sheets. The exact location of the confluence point was in the middle of it, so I was careful not to step on the sheets or the crops as I approached it.

Standing on the point and looking around, I could see that it has changed a lot since my visit in 2001, when the area was more or less unused and generally covered in grass and weed, with no particular landmark in sight. Now a meat processing factory was visible in front of a hill when I looked toward north.

On the other hand, it did look a lot closer to the photos from 2010 by another visitor, including the crops which stretched to the east, the apple tree field in the west, and the aforementioned building in the south. I suppose the farm business had been going well for the past decade.

Once I finished surveying the area and got back to my car, I couldn't help but notice that my shoes were covered in thick mud. It rained the day before, and it had made the earth fairly muddy. After cleaning off my shoes for tens of minutes I looked at my options for the next confluence point visits. Looking at the time needed, I decided that visiting two would be a stretch because the sun would be down by the time I tried reaching the second one. Thus I decided to move southeast, to 35N 128E.


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#1: Looking north, there was a field of covered crops nearby with a hill and a factory visible in the distance.
#2: Looking east, the crops continue on a bit until they reach a foliage.
#3: Looking south, the processing building and some houses come into view.
#4: Looking west, a big apple orchard was getting ready for a new season.
#5: iPhone X shows the coordinates of my visit.
#6: A selfie to remember by.
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