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From very old times, the entire area around Pärnu has been called Junnuland, just like an area in Southwestern Estonia is called Mulk Land, or another one in the Southeastern area is called Setoland...  As is appropriate for a big country, here used to live and still live different national groups: Puujunns, Kivijunns, Pussjunns etc.

The local areas, all the way to the town of Pärnu belonged within an ancient and powerful county of Soontagana. An old stronghold of ancient Estonians, which was one of the last to be conquered - the stronghold of Soontagana - is found here.  A very secret underwater road is said to have led to the stronghold located in the middle of swamps. Today the ancient castle hill is surrounded by beautiful heritage of the cultural landscape - meadows, old farm sites and stone walls. In addition to a pleasant walk and beautiful views, visitors can find camping sites and a rest cabin for hikers. 

It is believed that the St. Michael's Church is of such a respectable age that even the Latvian Hendrik once held an office there. St. Michael's Church was built in the politically influential ancient county of Soontagana as early as at the end of the 13th century and is thus one of the oldest and most fascinating buildings in all of western Estonia.   

In Koonga municipality is one of the largest wooded meadows in Estonia and maybe throughout Europe. The manicured area of the wooded meadow of Nedrema has grown to nearly 100 hectares in size and a hiking trail introduces the values of the meadow. We recommend visiting the nearly 300-year-old Mihkli oak-wood, and Pärdimägi hill which is the highest place in the West-Estonian plains. Visitors can camp and make bonfires on Pärdimägi hill. 

The best way to find out more about the cultural and historic values of Koonga parish is to take a bicycle tour organized by the Oidremaa mansion. 

A long tradition of the Mihkli Fair, which was revived in 1989, is noteworthy in itself. Historically, the Fair has taken place on St. Michael's Day, in the autumn, when both animals and agricultural products were traded. Today, the fair is organized in the summer and a genuine atmosphere of the village fairground makes it special. 

In recent years, the “restacked” Pikavere village has once again earned attention. Pikavere is special for its stone walls which border streets and mark the boundaries of plots and fields. In Pikavere there are more things to check out - such as the prayer house of the Moravian church built in 1830, which has retained its original form. Pikavere has been granted the award of the “Beautiful Home of Pärnu County”, as well as of the village of the year 2006 of Pärnu County.

Unfortunately, the best days of the parish, in the economical sense, remain back at the times of the collective farm, which of course does not mean that local people have stopped all commerce. Manufacturing of log homes is a vital enterprise; the quality products of Koonga Puit are well known in the county and in the city and traditional farming is still very much alive. Great expectations lie on the local mineral resource peat and dolomite is of a high quality in the area as well.