Date: Fri, 22 Aug 2003 13:59:11 -0500
From: Richard Underwood
Subject: Sorae, Whanghae-do

Dear Professor Kim,

I recently discovered your web site and viewed it with great interest. I have visited the Sorae Church many times as a child. Our family procured the Kumi-Po beach and shared it with our missionary friends for many years. In fact you show two pictures which show our home clearly. I used also to visit Sorae on Chang-nal (market day) with my dear Korean nurse/caretaker to shop and enjoy all the hustle and bustle!

I would love to get photo quality copies of the pictures of the beach area (I believe you show 3) since most of our pictures were lost in W W II and the few that remained were lost in 6/25. Do you have any more pictures of that beautiful beach and the wonderful islands off the coast. As a boy I sailed to each of them many times with my family. The last time we were there was in the summer of 1941 after almost all the missionaries in Korea had left in anticipation of W W II. I have deep and fond memories of the beach, of the old church at Sorae, and of many friends we had who lived there and at Kumipo.

For identification: My Grandfather was Dr. Horace G. Underwood the 1st, pioneer missionary and early visitor to, and admirer of the Sorae Church. I was born and raised in Korea in Seoul, but spent my happiest mints each summer at "Sorae Beach". Your photos also show our little boat in our harbor. All of this stirs deep and happy memories.

I have retired in 1992 after 30 years in Seoul under the Presbyterian Mission as the head of the "Seoul Foreign School" - an American School for English speaking students, K - 12. There may well be some of our graduates at Maryland!

Thank you again for reminding me of so many blessed years in beautiful Whang-hae Do with gorgeous mountains and unexcelled ocean scenery--- and most of all with the gracious and kind people in the Sorae and Kumipo areas.

Dick Underwood
2401 Pond St.
Urbana, IL, 61801