Outdoor Dokdo Museum Location: Located at the crossroads between the mineral spring in Do-dong Mineral Water Park and the Dokdo Museum
The Outdoor Dokdo Museum is an outdoor exhibition hall of the Museum. Currently, it features the “Dokdo Museum Monument” “Daemado Monument” on a pedestal made of 828 natural stones sourced from Ulleungdo. The Dokdo Museum Monument was erected to commemorate the 400th anniversary of Admiral Yi Sun-sin’s martyrdom, and the inaugural anniversary of the Museum’s opening on August 8, 1998, to inform the public of the spirit, background, and purpose behind the Museum’s foundation. Meanwhile, built on the 5th anniversary of the Museum’s opening in August 2002, the Daemado Monument is a stone monument featuring historical records that tell visitors that Daemado originally belonged to Korea as well and sheds new light on the truth from our history. Furthermore, the Daemado Monument was erected to raise awareness of the Dokdo conflict that continues to rage on today by exposing Japan’s perverted imperialistic views and its history of illegitimate aggression towards our sovereign lands.
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- A four-tiered stone monument (height: 420cm) was erected in August 2002 to commemorate the 5th anniversary of the Museum’s opening. This Monument declares the historical fact that Daemado Island (Tsushima Island) originally belonged to the Korean people, but became a Japanese territory as Joseon’s governorship over the Island deteriorated. The natural stone part is engraved with the phrase “Daemadobonsiahgukjiji,” an excerpt from the Annals of King Sejong (Jeongjoksanbon), and the Hangeul version of the phrase (meaning “Daemado Island originally belongs to Joseon”) from the Wolincheongangjigok. The black stone part features detailed historical records from ancient maps of Japan, the Samguksagi, Cheonggudo Map, and the Annals of King Sejong. The purpose of this Monument is to clearly promote our nation’s history, overcome Japan’s perverted imperialistic historical views, and raise public awareness of our territories, while exposing Japan’s long track record of illegitimate aggression. Moreover, the Monument looks to raise awareness about the Dokdo Dispute and to inform the falsehood of Japan’s claim to sovereignty over Dokdo.