Ilchulbong Peak, Three Islets in Cheju Declared Natural Monuments
Ilchulbong Peak on Cheju's eastern coast as well as three other islets in the nation's biggest island have been designated as natural monuments, subject to protection from development or destruction.
The three islets, also located in Cheju, are Munsom and Pomsom, Chagwido and Marado, which is located at the southern tip of Cheju island.
The designation was made at the screening committee of cultural assets of the Cultural Properties Administration.
The natural monument is a kind of national cultural property designated for preservation.
This follows the designation of Kangwha Island wetland as a natural monument, which is 52 times the size of Seoul's Yoido, to maintain the ecology of coastal lives.
The government will tightly protect these areas from destruction.
An official said that the designated islets are inhabited by a variety of rare ground and marine life such as black doves, coral reefs and ``kusil'' chestnut tree.
The islands maintain an outstanding academic and scenic value with rare topographic features, he said.
In particular, about 67 percent of the total 191 species of algae plants found on the nation's coasts are confirmed to inhabit these islets as well as 54 percent of the 298 invertebrate species, the official said. …