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Sunday, 7 July 2013

Souseiseki is the fourth doll among the Rozen Maidens. Now, available in Neungheodae Park, Incheon Yeonsu-gu.

Admin: I choose her because her position is same as the Postal Code of Incheon Metropole, starts from 400-XXX to 409-XXX and this includes Ganghwa County as well (417-XXX).

Neungheodae (Hangul/Hanja: 능허대/凌虛臺) which is located at 195-54 Neungheodae Avenue/Neungheodae-ro, Ongnyeon 2-dong (옥련2동), Incheon Yeonsu-gu was a ferry site at which ships carrying the envoys to China docked. It was used from the 27th year of the reign of King Geunchogo (372) when Baekje entered into friendly relations with Eastern Jin Dynasty, China, to the 21st year of the reign of King Gaero (475) when the Capital of Baekje moved to Woongjin (Present-day Gongju, Southern Chungcheong Province) from Hanseong (Seoul). During that time, Baekje engaged in hostilities with Goguryeo and Silla, while China was also divided into conflicting South and North (State of Former Qin and Eastern Jin Dynasty). Under such circumstances, the envoys of Baekje, which was friendly with the South of China, could not use the land route through Goguryeo. So, from Neungheodae, they had to use the waterway to Tengzhou and Laizhou of the Shandong Peninsula.

Among the remaining buildings, the inns reflect Jusimpo style with Matbae roofs. Originally, they had 20 rooms, but most were destroyed, leaving only three rooms in the front and two rooms in the side. Relatively little time has passed since Neungheodae was transformed into a park. During 1988 Olympic Games, Neungheodae was designated as Monument No 8 of Incheon Metropole. It was then transformed into a park with the provision of a pavilion, lake, esplanade, wooden benches and more. A cascading waterfall with a height of 7.5m was constructed right below the pavilion, and more than 5,000 trees and flowers including pines, azaleas, golden-bell trees and more were planted to enhance the attractiveness of Neungheodae Park. As a place formerly used to bid farewell to envoys, Neungheodae was located on an site from which people could watch departing ships. Today, however, Neungheodae is located in the center of the downtown area following its development as an apartment and amusement park district.