Attraction Seong-eup-ri, Pyoseon-myeon, Jeju, Jeju-do 699-912, South Korea Published on: 13-11-2015
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Why Seongeup Folk Village is special ?
Seongeup folk village in Jeju, Korea is a 600-year-old collection of thatched-roof houses surrounded by a wall made from the volcanic island\’s porous basalt rock. Dol hareubang statues depicting stone grandfathers stand guard in the village. Carved from the same black rock, they can be seen all over the island and have become symbols of Jeju province. Black pigs are raised by villagers to keep the island\’s snake population under control, and black pork is also considered a local specialty. Earlier today I tried black pork (it’s really like any other pork) hot pot for lunch, along with Cass Korean beer.
What to explore at Seongeup Folk Village?
When you visit the Seongeup Folk Village, Jeju you would find that there are various residential houses, shrines of Confucius, schools and many ancient government offices, millstones and ruins of fortresses
In the village, there are numerous sites, which were apparently used as altars for shamanic rituals. Among them, Anhalmangdang is known as a place where homage was paid to the god of good luck and health, while Gwangju Buindang was an altar where prayers were said for women suffering from gynecological problems or lacking breast milk.
The thatched roof and lava rock wall homes have been passed down through the generations and locals still inhabit the 3,000 homes. Visitors gather here to watch villagers perform folk songs and listen to them speak in the Jeju dialect. Stop by the souvenir shop to pick up a harubang, the grandfather statue that has become the image of Jeju.
How to get to Seongeup Folk Village?
From Jeju Intercity Bus Terminal take an Intercity Bus to Beonnyeong-ro.
Get off at ’Seongeup 1(il)-ri' (성읍리) samuso.
Go around the corner and walk along the road for about 200m.
Bus - travel time: 1hr, 40min
From Seogwipo Intercity Bus Terminal take the Dongilju bus.
Get off at ‘Pyoseon-ri samuso.'
Go straight and turn left at the intersection.
Walk straight until you get to the bus stop.
Take Beonnyeong-ro bus.
Get off at ‘Seupeup 1-ri.’
Bus - travel time: 45 min.
- Amazing introduction to the history of jeju women
- Learned about traditional life on Jeju
- A beautiful village to stop by
- A nice place to view, to learn and to experience
- Interesting and with some sales talk
Seong-eup-ri, Pyoseon-myeon, Jeju, Jeju-do 699-912, South Korea
Tips for you
Interesting place to discover the role of wangbari (men) and lenbari (women) of Jeju back in the past. This is also the film site of Dae Jangeum
“Met the only English speaking guide of the village” We were greeted by the only English speaking guide of the village. He must have encountered many tourists and picked up a bit of foreign languages. He was able to greet us in our national language. Further more, he explained that there are no beggars, thieves and gates in Jeju. The villagers live in thatched roof houses with stone walls , black volcanic lava stones as fence and poles serving as gates. There are three long poles, if one pole is up, it means the owner is away for a few minutes and will be back soon; when two poles are up is an indication that the owner will be away for the whole day; whereas when three poles are up , the. Owner will be away for quite a long time. Just beside the poles gate will be stone statues of grandfather and Jeju woman carrying a water jug . Long time ago, Jeju men were treated like kings as due to volcanic eruptions lots of males died and those that have survived had been involved with war activities. So in the end, there were very few men left and they were thus treated like kings, no need to work, only rest at home, drink wine and enjoy. However, the Jeju women had to do all the household chores, take care of the children and do other work like as divers hunting for shellfish. There was no piped water source then and the women had to carry jars of water on their back from a water source which is usually situated quite a distance away. My sympathies to the Jeju women of yesteryears. And these women had devised an ingenious water filtering system by placing water jars next to nettle trees. There are nettle leaves tied to the tree branch by a straw. The straw cleans the rainwater coming down from the leaves to the container. One can also see a pig pen attached to a toilet.. In the olden days, the black pigs used to feed on the human feces that passed down from the toilet. Nowadays, the pigs do not feed on feces anymore but normal pig food and Jeju is famous for barbecued black pork pig, very succulent and tender. After the tour, our guide told us the village was the shooting location for the famous Korean drama Dae Jang Geum and we were directed into a mini hall where the guide introduced us to Jeju products - black omija tea, honey and horse cream. Howerver, we were not obligated to buy