Jeju (Cheju) City, South Korea
Seongup Folk Village & Seongsan Sunrise Peak: A UNESCO World Heritage Site
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Approximately 4½ Hours
Seongeup Folk Village is a small town located at the foot of Mt Halla on Jeju Island. Cultural properties in the folk village have been handed down from generation to generation and include treasures such as residential houses, Confucian shrines and schools, ancient government offices, stone statues, large millstones (pulled by horses or oxen), fortress ruins and stone monuments. Among the cultural gems of the folk village are intangible cultural assets such as folk plays, native cuisine, local folk craftsmanship, and local dialect. Even the trees are an important part of the area’s heritage. Several zelkova and nettle trees, hundreds of years old, stand at the center of the village, preserving the dignified atmosphere of a bygone era. The Seongeup Folk Village shows the unique architectural culture of Jeju Island— rock walls made of black lava, the straight but curvy alleys to block the wind, and the stone grandfather statues (Harubang), which have become a prime feature of the landscape. The local black-haired pigs and tongsi (pigsty/restroom) are especially well-known characteristics of Jeju folk culture. Next, head to Seongsan Ilchulbong (Sunrise Peak)—a UNESCO World Heritage Site that rose from the sea in a volcanic eruption more than 100,000 years ago. Located on the eastern end of Jeju Island, the peak features a huge crater at its top. The crater is about 2,000 feet in diameter and 300 feet deep. While the southeast and north sides are cliffs, the northwest side is a verdant grassy hill that is connected to the Seongsan Village. After this spectacular encounter with Jeju’s culture and nature, you’ll return to the pier.