The inscription reads as follows:
I did not translate it because I am not good or confident enough, but it just seems to be saying when and where they craved the stone, and then gives the names and titles of those people in their survey group. I found the photos on the Takeshima Research Center site HERE, so the site may have a translation somewhere.Bak Chang-seok is an important figure in the Takeshima/Dokdo debate because the map he made of Ulleungdo during his 1711 inspection shows Usando as Ulleungdo's neighboring island of Jukdo. Though many other Korean maps have also shown Usando to be almost certainly Ulleungdo's neighboring island of Jukdo, Koreans have often claimed that the Usando on the maps was just "Dokdo" (Liancourt Rocks) drawn near Ulleungdo for convenience sake. In fact, that is what Steve Barber (Toadface) used to say, though he has not said it recently. :) What makes Bak's map different is that it not only labeled the island as "the so-called Usando" (所謂于山島), but it also labeled it with the words "field(s) of haejang bamboo" (海長竹田). Haejang bamboo is a particular kind of bamboo that can grow up to seven meters tall, which means that Koreans cannot claim, with a straight face, that the Usando on this map was "Dokdo" (Liancourt Rocks) since Dokdo is just barren rocks without the soil needed to grow bamboo.