Sunday, April 13, 2008

South Korea-Jeju Island-Jeju Folk Village

The Jeju Folk Village Museum is the island’s main tourist attraction where customs of the old days can be explored. The village was actually occupied by villagers in 1890s. It has since been restored and turned into a museum.

Jeju Folk Village-There are many houses, facilites and a wide range of folk items used during the earlier days.

A boat used during the olden days on display in the village.

This is the famous actress, Lee Young Ae, acting in the korean drama,Dae Jang Geum or Da Chang Jin. This folk village is part of the acting scenery used during the filming. I love this korean drama the best.

This gate poles are very interesting. If the three bars are all up in their holes and blocked the passage, it meant that the family is away from the home for a long time. If only two poles are up and one poles down, it meant that the family are away for a moment and will be back in the evening. If one bar is up meant that the family is around and will be back soon. If no bars at all meant that the family is at home.

A local house belonging to one of the villagers.

This is equivalent to the modern appliances of a grinder and mixer. During the olden times, the villagers would used it to pound flour into dough and make them into rice cakes. It can be used as a grinder and grind them into fine grains.

This is a pig pen made out of stones and rocks. The black pig is a common pig reared in Jeju Island. I ate them during one of the BBQ (You can view the photos here.)

Our tour guide was demonstrating how the earlier settlers used to iron their clothes. The women would used two wooden poles and hit the clothes/cloth and then they would be straighten.

A typical kitchen in the home of the earlier settlers.

This is a very interesting urn. The women folk on Jeju Island would carry these urns on their back to collect water from the river, etc to their home. Men are not allowed to carry these urns. If a man carry his wife's urn and walk round the village, it meant that he is divorcing his wife. A very interesting true piece of information.

These urns are used to keep kimchi or sauces in their backyard.

Looked at how interesting this is. The villagers used this method to filter water from the tree to the urn.

This is a huge grinder where the ox or horse will help pulled.

A sculpture of an ancient jeju folk village woman carrying her urn.


Alyssa said...

What an interesting post! I loved all the info on Jeju Island. That must have been a fun trip. The village is really neat and the pictures and explanations of ancient practices was fascinating.
Ironing clothes sure has changed over the years!

alicesg said...

I am glad you love the photos and information. It really was an enjoyable trip. :) Yes, love the ironing part, save a lot of

Jo's-D-Eyes said...

wow!!! Alice this is an interesting site I enjoyed looking (and reading) the interesting facts, I've never ever been in this area.

THANKS for showing and thanks for your visit, soon I show more about Brussels and Antwerpen (both in Belgium)

Greetings from JoAnn (now in Holland)

Dave said...

I bet that house robbers appreciated the family of the "three poled gate" when all the three poles were up! :-)

Thanks for your geography lesson of your communities and culture!

Take care! :-)