Dokdo is a peaceful island of South Korea in the East Sea. It harbors deep scars from a painful past. Dokdo is a powerful symbol of Korean freedom and brings together all Koreans no matter what their politics are. However, the Japanese government, despite historical evidence proving that Dokdo belongs to South Korea, continues to claim that the island is part of Japan. But why is there so much interest in such a small yet beautiful island? Another reason why Dokdo is so important is that the area is great for fishing and may sit above enormous deposits of natural gas hydrate that could be worth billions of dollars. Dokdo is currently controlled by South Korea with over 25 guards and three lighthouse keepers that are stationed on the island. Below we will break down the facts to prove once and for all that Dokdo belongs to South Korea.