Interested in a New Year's trip to Pig Valley, Cutthroat Pig Place or scenic Pig Island?

Under the lunar calendar used by several Asian nations, 1995 is the Year of the Pig, and a private research institute published the locations this week of some 2,000 places named after pigs in South Korea.Pigs symbolize wealth, and folk lore has it that a pig dream brings good fortunes.

Pig Valley is by far the most popular porcine name, with 82 locales that claim it, the report said.

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Most of the names, like Pig Ear Town, are derived from their shapes, but some are based on past memorable incidents, such as the Valley Where a Pig Fell and Tumbled to Death, in central South Korea.

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