Ddarabi is known as the queen of Jeju’s oreum and it is in front of Ddarabi and nearby that Jeju’s famous horses make their home.
It is also an interior area of the island surrounded by a screen of oreums.
It is an area full of horse history and culture.
You’ll find the Jeju Horse Park here along with many experience programs.
The doors opened in September 2012 and the park became quite famous after professor Yu Hong-jun featured the place in his book, Naui Munwhayusantabsagi 7 – Jeju.
It is also unique because it was not made by the government or by a private person as such.
Yes, the government provided a small amount of funding, but the rest came from the social enterprise company, Ieodosana, and the Gasi-ri villagers.
It is a model village museum foundation method which will see all profits from the place split between the social enterprise business and Gasi-ri.
Here is the entrance.
We see a big circular exposed-concrete construction. This curiously designed building originally developed from the Japanese architect, Ando Tadao.
In front of the building we see a hut which is quite special.
The whole park area takes up some 5050 square meters.
Along with the museum there is a riding experience, Mongolian style yurt guest house and camping ground.
It is a complex cultural place where you can learn the history of Jeju’s horses as well as get to feel it by going for a ride.
A stay in the guest house gives you good views of Jeju’s interior.
The low prices for museum admission might be a surprise for you.
Adults are only 2,000 won while kids cost 1,000 won. Group tours offer a 500 won discount.
To be honest this is almost as cheap as the government run museums like the Jeju Hyeondae Art Museum and Dorim Art Museum which are both 1,000 won respectively.
Riding a horse in the paddock for 10 minutes costs 10,000 won, but 40 minutes is 35,000 won. If you’d like to go off-site then a two hour ride will cost 100,000 won. Not bad at all.
Back in the main museum building you make your way down from the second floor to first floor in a spiralling motion.
The horse saddle, bit, and horse hair woven headbands are some of the items on display among other traditional items.
You can discover Jeju costumes and traits from the horses.
Sculptures are also exhibited.
In total some 100 items are on show.
The rooftop offers 360 degree panoramas of the area which really indicate the unusually large and relatively flat area of the island. In the distance the ocean sits.
If your camera has a panorama option you should think about utilizing it.
What about staying in the Mongolian yurt village? The constructions are imported from the country giving the whole experience a very exotic feeling.
Also this place on Jeju’s interior plains will become a must stay place for camping enthusiasts.
You can really feel the island’s nature again.
Finally this area is considered the best place for horses because of the abundant grassland.
In the late Joseon dynasty period mountain horses were located here.
The best horse in Korea, the Gabma, was also raised on the nearby Gabmajang Ranch.
Address: Seogwipo-si, Pyoseon-myeon, Gasi-ri, San 41.
Opening Hours: 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. | Summer 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Official Web Site: http://jorangmalpark.com/ (Some English)
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