The New York Times says the voyage to the Dokdo islets has become a popular pilgrimage among South Koreans.
The U.S. daily said Sunday that hundreds of South Koreans make the seven-hour journey by sea to the islets despite the possibility that only a little more than half of them can dock if weather conditions become harsh. The paper cited that this year, 80-thousand people have set foot on Dokdo, undeterred by the lack of a souvenir shop, restaurant or public toilet.
The report said that for outsiders, the dispute over islets that seem to rise vertically from the sea and have little economic value, might seem esoteric.
The paper added that for those Koreans who have never forgiven Japan for its brutal occupation of their country and who continue to measure success against Japanese competitors, the dispute over the islets is very real, and very emotional.
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Date : 2008/09/01