Kumipo Beach and Sorae ChurchI spent the first eleven years of my life in a farming/fishing village of Sorae in Korea, now under the control of North Korean authorities.
Next to this Village is a beautiful beach called Kumipo covered with white sand. I used to swim there before 1946.
Before 1941, Americans used to come here for summer vacation. In this photo, Americans are playing a volley ball.
The beach was protected from wild ocean waves by a jut of rock. At the top of the rock, Americans built their resort houses.
- In 1885, Horace Underwood came here and found the beach was beautiful.
Underwood was the first Presbyterian missionary from the United States.
Here is a story about him.
- Here is an article written about this
Kumipo beach written by Underwood's eldest grandson.
- Here is a letter from Underwood's youngest grandson reclaiming his property.
In addition, SORAE was the name of the church where I was infant-baptized. The Sorae church was the first church built in Korea by Koreans in 1884, and I was a young member of this church until 1946 when my family moved to the southern part of the Korean peninsula to avoid communist atrocities in the North. I received the basic Bible education in this church. You will note that my license plate says SORAE. I intend to write a history of this church and the dawn of Christianity in Korea. In the meantime, you are invited to look at some of the old photos of this church. Click here .
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