[Jeju Travel] Hangyeong-myeon’s Chair Park and the Ahop Gut Maeul (Village of 9 Goods)

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There are tall chairs, flowered patterned chairs, boat shaped chairs and so many other types of chairs.

From 2007 and for three years the residents of Hangyeong-myeon made around 1,000 of them.

Now many are on display waiting for someone to take a seat in a chair park.

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The origins of this quirky claim to fame actually date back to when the village was looking for ways to promote itself.

Things were not working even though the locals had started a campaign to give life to a country village and its 9 ponds which were originally used for blacksmith work.

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Yes there were places to stay and other products, but they were not being used. The village was kind of desperate to get people’s attention.

Then during one meeting they struck upon the idea of chairs.

Lots of them.

The chairs would give those from the city or those with a busy life a chance to sit down and catch their breath.

So the local youth club got on board. As did housewives and the elderly. All made chairs.

But this wasn’t enough.

They also needed to be a way to give these chairs more character and charm. Thus is was decided all should receive a name. Korea’s netizens were brought in via the Internet to sort this out.

While browsing the chairs then, you’ll find some with names like ‘Victory of Love’.

Finally the chair park opened in 2009.

But it was not until the Korean TV show 1 Bak 2 Il  (1 Night 2 Days) filmed an episode here that the little known village in Jeju, let alone all of Korea, really appeared on the map.

When walking the park take it slow and make sure to get photographs of yourself trying a few. Pause for a moment. Put a comma in your busy life.

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You can also walk the pine nut road leading to the village and a village walls are filled with tales of Jeju from long ago.

If you’re interested in experience programs there is chance to make barley bread, barley pizza and fishing in some of the 9 ponds. Just be sure to make a reservation ahead of time.

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Information

Address: Hangyeong-myeon, Nakcheon-ri

Telephone: 064-773-1946

Experience Reservation: http://www.ninegood.go2vil.org

Jeju Tourism Organization: http://www.jejutour.go.kr/ http://www.ijto.or.kr/

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