Another one of the first few attractions that I visited on my first trip to Korea, this was my first look into traditional Korea.
With a total of 117 houses and facilities, Jeju Folk Village has restored the scenes of the village to that of the 1890’s. Among them are Mountain Village, Hill-Country Village, Fishing Village and Shamanism Village. On land of more than 40 acres it has been reconstructed following long-term research and analysis of experts. Some of the extensive range of folk items on display are 1,627 woodenware, 1,046 bamboo ware, 1,699 earthenware, 1,544 porcelain ware, 765 wax candles, 921 ironware and 579 other items. The Jeju Folk Village is the island’s main tourist attraction where customs of the old days can be explored.
Since March 2006, Daejanggeum Mini Theme Park located at the Jeju Folk Village, offers various things for visitors to see. Many of the scenes from episodes 27 to 32 of the historical drama, in which Jang-geum learns medicine as a maid were filmed at Jeju Folk Village. In order to fit the theme of Daejanggeum, the separate locations have joined together, and are now open to tourists. Visitors can appreciate the amazing scenic beauty of Jeju as well as experience the traditional culture of Jeju at this theme park.
Plus point: This was the filming location for ‘Daejanggeum’!
Do you see the huge pieces of rock that are used to build the walls and ‘fences’? If I don’t recall wrongly, these are actually volcanic rocks found on Jeju Island – cool right?
There is also a Daejanggeum Mini Theme Park located inside, but we didn’t spend a lot of time there and I didn’t take many photos. I can tell you though, there were quite a number of photo ops available, so remember to allocate some time for snapping photos!
Besides having a glimpse at the ancient way of life in Jeju, do take the time to appreciate the nature you find around the area. Most people go to Jeju during the warmer seasons (hence Jeju is also sometimes known by the locals as their Hawaii), but it is just as beautiful in winter.
I came here as part of my tour itinerary, but I do think that paying 18 000 won is a little expensive? It’s definitely a good experience, just that hanok villages in Jeonju and Seoul are free for anyone to walk around. But of course, this is slightly different: no one actually stays here and it requires money on the part of the Jeju Tourism Organization to keep this going.
If you asked me whether I would pay to enter this, I would still say yes – every city’s village is different and unique in its own way, and I wouldn’t think that looking at Bukchon in Seoul would be enough for me.
I recommend allocating 2 to 3 hours here: 2 if you are just casually taking a look and stroll around the place, and 3 if you enjoy taking lots of photographs, because there’s no lack of interesting artefacts and colourful nature to snap!
Adults (19-64) 18,000 won
Teenagers (14-18) 13,000 won
Children (36 months-13) 9,000 won
Senior Citizens (65 years old and above), People with Disabilities 13,000 won
Adults 11,000 won / Senior citizens 9,000 won / Teenagers 8,000 won / Children 7,000 won
Adults 9,000 won / Senior citizens 7,000 won / Teenagers 5,000 won / Children 5,000 won
* Adults (age 19 and over), Senior citizens (age 65 and over), Teenagers (middle to high school students), Children (age 4 to elementary school students)
* ID required for senior citizens to avail discounted rate.
October – February: 08:30 – 17:00
March: 08:30 – 17:30
April – July: 15th 08:30 – 18:00
July 16th – August: 08:30 – 18:30
September: 08:30 – 18:00
Address: 631-34, Minsokhaean-ro, Pyoseon-myeon, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do
From Jeju International Airport, take Bus No. 100 to Jeju Intercity Bus Terminal.
From Jeju Terminal, take a bus (bound for Bunyoung Road) to Jeju Folk Village. (Travel time: about 60-min)