Earthquakes that shook the dinosaur’s paradise
The best attraction showing the paleo-environment and geologic history of Busan in the late Cretaceous period when dinosaurs were at their peak. In particular, various output-to-state clastic dikes and paleo-earthquake rocks preserving the seismic record provide a magnificent sight.
Dinosaur egg nests and fragment fossils appear in the sedimentary layers with interesting geological features of high academic value including marl, petrified wood, reduction spots and calcic paleosoil.
Once the paradise of many Late Cretaceous dinosaurs, this site gives an insight to the ancient environment by nest and egg fossils. Also, clastic dykes and seismite clearly shows the past activity of earthquakes.
Name and history
Dusong Peninsula located east of Dadaepo Port is a long and narrow peninsula with shipyard and factory districts around it. From the name of Dadaepo, adjacent to Dusong Peninsula, Dadae resulted from changes to Dapdal, Dadara and Dadarang. Among Busan place names, Dadaepo has the oldest origin. To Dadaepo, as the most important fortress for national defense among seven camps of the Left Gyeongsang Province during the Joseon Dynasty, twice as many warships were assigned. Further, Dadaepo Cheomsa(naval officer) was considered so important a post that only officials of the senior grade of the third court rank were appointed to the post.
Eight sights of Dadae
- Dusong Peninsula, as the stage of “Dusong Manchwi(refers to beauty of jade color evening sky)”, third sight among eight sights of Dadae, is the highlight of magnificent natural beauty of trees and oddly shaped rocks harmonizing with the sea.
Dusong Peninsular Coastal Walkway (average 1.5 hr.)
- Walkway with beautiful scenery similar to Dragon Head coast of Yongmeori Beach in Yeonhwado Islands, Tongyeong
- Course: Dadae District 4, City Dusong APT. (entrance of Dusong Peninsula) → Dadaepo Port → tip of Dusong Peninsula
- The tip of Dusong Peninsula, well-known for its good fishing, is popular among anglers.
Emarginate eurya, an evergreen broad-leaved shrub belonging to tea family, grows in the south. It looks like Eurya japonica but was named such due to its leaves riding backwards and drawing in. They grow well in windy areas.
Don tree (Australian laurel)
Australian laurel, an evergreen broad-leaved shrub belonging to the Pittosporaceae genus, grows on the seashore in the south. Thick disorderly leaves hang in clusters at the ends of branches, with the edge riding backwards. Its name, Don tree, originates from “Ddong(poop) tree,” named such because birds gather around to eat its fruit and their droppings leave a mess on the tree.