With the major parts of the island explored, it’s time to set sights on one final destination as The Korea Blog concludes its month-long travel excursion on the nation’s special island. This week Steve Miller showcases some of the special sights located in and around Jeju City. He chose Jeju City for the final day of travel because it is possible to see all the sights below within a half-day, allowing travelers the option of seeing some beautiful and historic locations before returning their rental car and ultimately flying back to the mainland.
Stop One: Samseonghyeol
Literally “three clans hole,” Samseonghyol is the mythical birthplace of Jeju. Designated as Historic Site No.134, the area is situated in a pine forest and where three demigods entered this world. They were said to have foraged for food and ultimately married three local princesses. Their offspring then populated the island.
Address: 22, Samseong-ro, Jeju-si, Jeju-do
Phone: +82-64-722-3315, +82-64-1330 (Tourism Line)
Hours: Summer Season: 08:00 – 18:00, Winter Season: 08:00 – 17:30
* Adults (19 – 64) 2,500 won (2,000 won for group)
* Youth (13-18)1,700 won (1,100 won for group)
* Children (7 – 12) 1,000 won (600 won for group)
Public Transportation Directions
From Jeju airport, take bus 500 or 36 and get off at ‘Samseong elementary school’ (travel time: 15 minutes). Cross Jungang-ro street and walk along the Gwangyang1-gil street.
From Jeju Coast Ferry Terminal, take bus 92 in front of the terminal and get off at ‘Samseong elementary school’ (travel time: 15 minutes). Cross Jungang-ro street and walk along the Gwangyang1-gil street.
Stops Two and Three: Jejuseongji and Ohyeondan
The Jejuseongji is the site of an ancient fortress originally built to protect a source of potable water on the island. Built during the Goryeo Dynasty, it played a pivotal defense role during a Japanese assault in 1555.
Address: 3pilji 1437-6, Ido1(il)-dong, Jeju-si, Jeju-do
Located on the same grounds as the Jejuseongji is Ohyeondan. This is a monument to five eminent scholars that were responsible for shaping Jeju’s culture during the Joseon Dynasty. They are Chungam Kim Jeong, Gyuam Song Insu, Cheongeum Kim Sang Heon, Dongye Jeong On, and Uam Song Shi Yeol. The original structure was built in 1682 and named Gyulimseowon. After being destroyed in the 8th year of King Gojong’s rule, local Confucian scholars rebuilt it 21 years later and gave it the current name.
Address: 1421-3, Ido 1-dong, Jeju-si, Jeju-do (Jungang-ro, Jeju-si)
Stop Four: Jeju Mokgwana (Former Government Offices)
The Mokgwana is the complex where Jeju’s magistrate performed his official duties during the Joseon Dynasty. The numerous buildings were constructed in 1392 and utilized until 1910 when Korea entered colonial rule by Japan. It’s an impressive compound to walk around that includes Jeju’s oldest structure: Gwandeokjeong. This building dates back to the time of King Sejong.
Address: 25, Gwandeong-ro, Jeju-si, Jeju-do
Phone: +82-64-728-8665, +82-64-1330 (Tourism Line)
Hours: 09:00 – 18:00
* Adults – 1,500 won (Group 1,000 won)
* Teenagers, Army – 800 won (Group 600 won)
* Children – 400 won (Group 300 won)
Public Transportation Directions: From the Jeju airport, take the airport bus or city bus (#100, 200, 300) and get off at Gwandeokjeong (10 minutes ride).
Both are located in close proximity to one another, presenting this final stop with a special two-for-one blowout. Yongyoun Pond is a brackish area where fresh water meets salt water. To learn more about this beautiful location, click the link and read the 2011 article about this historic site. Yongduam is a few hundred meters away extending from the shoreline into the ocean. From the right angle, the rock formation looks like a dragon and the crashing surf sprays from its mouth as though it were fire.
Address: Yongdam-dong, Jeju-si, Jeju-do
Public Transportaion Directions: From Jeju International Airport, take bus bound for Jeju-si Jungang-ro. Get off at Yongdam Rotary. The pond is about a 15-minute walk from the bus stop. The rock formation is a 10-minute walk towards the beach.
From here, it’s a quick ride back to the rental car return or airport. This short half-day trip allows plenty of time for getting around Jeju City without missing one’s flight. Of all the locations on this itinerary, the Mokgwana is where you’ll spend the most time, and if time is limited, the one not to omit.
If you’ve been to Jeju City, what’s your favorite spot?