I am glad to read that people are talking about the buring of those documents, but I still think they could investigate. Of course, if the documents were burned to hide evidence, then they would probably not get any answers from the Korean government, but they could, at least, go down and talk to the old man who made the claim to the reporter. The men who came to burn the documents may have given him a reason for their burning them.
【질문５】어느 블로그 상에서 게리⋅비버스씨의 기사에 따르면 울진(蔚珍)의 대풍소(待風所)에 있었던 울릉도 수토관의 문서를 돌연히 불태워버렸다고 KBS가 전하고 있습니다. 대체 어떤 역사적인 문서가 증거인멸을 위해 불태워졌는지 조사해야만 합니다. 그리고 조속히 대풍소(待風所)와 울진시청에 남아있는 [완문(完文)]과 [수토절목(捜討節目)] 과 기타 검찰사의 문서에 대한 현지조사도 필요하지 않을까요?
[Question 5] According to an article by Gerry Bevers on some blog, KBS reported that Ulleungdo inspector documents that were at Uljin's "Daepungso" (待風所) were abruptly burned up. An investigation must be done to determine exactly what historical documents were burned to hide evidence. Also, shouldn't an on-site inspection quickly be done of the "Daepungso," the remaining wanmun (完文 - local government public announcements from the Joseon period) at the Uljin City Hall, the Sutojeolmok (捜討節目 - itemized inspection lists), and other documents related to the inspectors?
＜답변＞ 대풍헌(待風軒)의 문서를 불태웠다는 내용 등은 갑자기(최근 들어) 불태웠다는 것이 아니라, 블로그의 기사에 따르면 현재 커뮤니티센터로 된 이 건물 사람이 이전에는 더 많은 문서가 있었지만 2~30년 전에 불태워졌다고 말했다는 내용을 2007년에 방송국 리포터가 프로그램을 통해 소개했다는 겁니다. 소각한 사실과 경위를 조사할 수 있다면 그보다 좋은 일은 없겠지만, 여러 번 거쳐들은 내용이라 힘들 거라 생각합니다....
[Answer] The comment about the Daepungheun (待風軒) documents being burned did not say that they were recently burned. The blog's article said that a broadcast reporter in a 2007 program introduced a man at the building, which is now a community center, who said that there used to be many more documents, but that they were burned about twenty or thirty years ago. If we could investigate the facts and circumstances of the burning, it would be great, but I think it would be difficult since the information is from a lot of hearsay.
Anyway, my post of the KBS documentary can be found HERE, but the link to the video is no longer working. However, if it helps people track down the video, the old link was as follows:
By the way, I wrote the post in 2007, but the video was made earlier. If you look at the link, it shows a date of November 3, 2006, and the video was a TV special on Ulleungdo prepared by KBS Pohang.