Monday, July 24, 2006

Ulleungdo, we're now here...

... or 'nowhere' if I'm allowed to pun on the "no place" of "utopia."

The word "utopia" was coined in 1516 by Thomas More through combining the Greek words for "no" (ou, ου) and "place" (topos, τοπος), but punning on the Greek word for "good" (eu, ευ) as well, which makes this "no place" also a "good place," both fitting names for Ulleungdo.

The longer Latin title to More's book reads De Optimo Reipublicae Statu deque Nova Insula Utopia, which translates to On the Best State of a Republic and on the New Island of Utopia and makes even more fitting that Ulleungdo is an island.

What you see in the image above is an official utopian model of Ulleungdo, which you are welcome to compare with the official eutopian satellite photo of the real island in all its glory.

And don't forget to scroll down through Sung-il Jang's "Special Photo Gallery of Ulleungdo"...

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At 5:03 PM, Blogger A.H. said...

You should relax, be a "gypsy" now, not a scholar.

At 8:44 AM, Blogger Horace Jeffery Hodges said...

Actually, I wrote that in advance and posted it when I arrived.

Current posts will be less scholarly.

Jeffery Hodges

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At 2:04 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This link to Ulleungdo Photo Gallery works:

At 2:14 PM, Blogger Horace Jeffery Hodges said...

Anonymous, thanks for the link.

Jeffery Hodges

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