An important note on Jeju’s updated bus system and this blog post
From August 2017, Jeju Island implemented a new city and intercity bus system. It increased the number of buses in service, while simplifying the routes, fees and numbering system.
Consequently, the contents of this previously published blog post may have changed. We therefore would kindly request that you consult this page for new bus maps in English on VisitJeju.net, and this page on our blog for a chart of the old and new bus route numbers.
If you read Korean, then the province’s official bus system website is a useful and up-to-date resource. We hope you’ll enjoy your travels on Jeju Island!
– Jeju Tourism’s resident Korean travel diarist was out on his island travels again and sent this story –
This post is going to cover another place to visit on a rainy day. Many visitors to Jeju Island think we don’t get a lot of rain, but we do.
We have a rainy season around fern picking time in April. Then we have a month long rainy season in June and July before summer gets going.
Then as summer finishes the rain comes back for a while. Typhoons are mixed in with that too.
So here’s another indoor attraction to try when the rains comes or as it gets colder in winter.
The Jeju National Museum.
It is a museum full of the island’s history and culture all practically organized.
This museum also conserves, preserves, and studies as well.
You’ll find it on the Iljudongro on the eastern outskirts of Jeju City in front of Sarabong. You can catch the 100, 26, 20, or 10 buses, which will drop you off out the front.
The opening hours are from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m.
Admission is free.
Let’s have a look around.
There are 6 exhibition halls many of which document a different era of the island’s history and culture.
For example you can get to know how Jeju was born and how the first residents lived so long ago even before Tamnaguk came into existence.
Old pottery, stone knives, and prehistoric lives are ready for discovery.
Then we can see the old remains from nearby Samyang and a reconstruction of the village that once stood there (pictured below). It bridged the time from the bronze to early iron age.
The models expressing Jeju’s history were quite impressive and the figures looked almost real.
The museum is a good educational place for the family and kids.
Here below we see the dokmudeom that encased dead Jeju people two thousand years ago. Dok means pot and mudeom means tomb.
Into the Tamna exhibiton hall we go to see how Tamnaguk was founded. This generation helped cement the island’s unique culture.
Later on there is a book dating from 300 years ago in which the life of Jeju’s Joseon people is recorded.
In the corner you can also do your own search for more information.
I have to say that one of the things I enjoyed about the Jeju National Museum is that it is not for experts or academics. The information is presented for every day people like you and me, so we can understand it all.
While I was walking around I saw many students interested in the culture and history from long ago.
So come here to discover Jeju’s past even on a rainy day.