Though Hallasan is a popular landmark, drawing more than 1 million hikers every year, the garbage wasn't found for decades, despite being just meters from one of the main trails.
|Garbage dumped in Hallasan National Park in Jeju Island (Yonhap)|
|An excavator removes garbage in Hallasan National Park in Jeju Island on Thursday. (Yonhap)|
The local authorities on Thursday started removing the 2-ton mound of refuse near an entrance to Hallasan National Park. A local resident reportedly discovered it after noticing a strange smell.
Not visible from the main hiking trail, the garbage heap was found behind some bushes. Further into the trees, two more trash dumps were found in pits someone had dug into the ground.
|A bottle of Hanil soju, which has not been sold for almost 30 years, was found in the trash. (Yonhap)|
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 was all dumped by the same person.
|Food packaging going back decades was found in the trash piles. (Yonhap)|
By Choi Ji-won (email@example.com)