Peninsula-shaped terrain dots Korean landscape
But it can be seen from the naked eye in certain places - and some of them are nearby.
Korea marked the 68th anniversary of Liberation Day on Thursday and to highlight the delight of regaining the peninsula from the hands of colonial Japan - though it was followed only five years later by the 1950-53 Korean War - the JoongAng Ilbo weekend section team hit the road to find lands shaped like the peninsula.
But the residents successfully fended off the construction project, preserving the geography.
In 2009, Yeongwol changed the name of Seo-myeon, on which the topography sits, to Hanbando-myeon (hanbando is the Korean word for the Korean Peninsula).
The project promoting the peninsula-shaped topography, into which the county injected 1.5 billion won ($1.3 million), was a big success and 950,000 people visited the county last year.
There are more than 20 peninsula-shaped landscapes across South Korea.
BY BAEK JONG-HYUN, MOON GWANG-LIP [joe@joongang,co.kr]