The Seobok Exhibition is located in Jeongbang-dong, Seogwi-po. The museum commemorates Seobok, who in search of the plant of eternal youth, sailed from China (then Qin dynasty). There is a myth of Seobok landing near the Jeongbang Falls to search for the plant of eternal youth on the slopes of Youngju Mountain. On the face of a cliff near the Jeongbang Falls is a message (no longer clearly legible) “Seo-Bul-Gwa-Ji” left by Seobok before returning home with the plant of eternal youth. There is also a theory that the name of the city Seogwi-po was originated from this.
For today’s posting, we toured the Seobok Exhibition.
▲ Entrance to the Exhibition
▲ Explanation of Qin Shi Huangdi
In order to explain Seobok, the exhibition has a short mention of Qin Shi Huangdi.
▲ The imperial edict handed down to Seobok by Qin Shi Huangdi
▲ Seobok’s route
According to Wikipedia, Seobok set sail on two different occasions. The first attempt was foiled by an alleged sea monster in the waters near Youngju Mountain. They returned with 60 ships and a crew of 5,000, 3,000 children, and other field experts. According to the myth, in 210 BC Seobok left Jinhwangdo (now China) and never returned.
▲ Seobok Exhibition hall
▲ Columnar joint near the trail
Near the Seobok Exhibition is the Jeongbang Falls. Seobok Exhibition is especially significant because of the many Chinese tourists paying this place a visit. The admission price is also very affordable because it is run by the province. Also, it would be nice to visit the other museums, like the Leejungseop Museum and the Gidang Museum, nearby on the same visit.
Hours: 9:00 – 6:00
Address: 100-2 Jeongbang-dong Seogwi-po, Jeju-do South Korea