When I told my professor at Hanyang University that I was heading down to Yesan in August for the 2010 South Choongcheong Province International Tourism Academic Conference, he suggested we take a side-trip up the Taean peninsula to visit the Cheollipo Arboretum [EXPIRED LINK REMOVED: https://www.chollipo.org/]. (Click here to visit in Google Maps.)
Interestingly, this arboretum was established in 1970 by Carl Ferris Miller, and American who first came to Korea with the US military in 1945 and decided to stick around, eventually taking Korean citizenship and changing his name to Min Byeong-Gal. Mr. Min died in 2002 at 81 years of age.
Located right along the coast, this arboretum boasts hundreds of different varieties of plants. It is near Cheollipo beach, which means “1000-Ri Harbor”. (“Ri” is a measure of distance.). Nearby are Manlipo (“10,000-Ri Harbor”) and Baeklipo (“100-Ri Harbor”)