The Korea Herald/Asia News Network
Yeongsil Trail on Hallasan National Park at Jeju island in winter. (Shutterstock/Pichit Tongma)
A heap of trash believed to have been dumped more than 30 years ago was found near Hallasan National Park on Jeju Island.
Hallasan is a popular landmark, drawing more than 1 million hikers every year.
The local authorities on Thursday started removing the 2-ton lump of refuse near an entrance to Hallasan National Park. A local resident reportedly discovered it after noticing a strange stench.
Not visible from the main hiking trail, the garbage heap was found behind some bushes a few meters from the trail. Further into the trees, two more trash piles were found inside pits someone had dug into the ground.
After examining the food packaging in the trash piles, the authorities believe they are decades old. Several bottles of Hanil Soju were found -- a brand the manufacturer stopped selling in 1993 after changing its name to Hallasan Soju. One of the bottles had print on it stating the product was manufactured in 1973.
The authorities suspect the trash piles were abandoned by the same person.
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