[Jeju Architecture – The 7 Masterpieces Series] Jeju Mokgwanaji (old government administration site)

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!


In 2013 the Jeju government decided to let visitors know about the beauty of the island’s architecture through the 7 Masterpieces of Architecture series and designation.

For this post I’m introducing one of the seven: Jeju Mokgwanaji.

It is an important place for understanding the island’s history.

During the Joseon Dynasty it was the main seat of government administration here. At that time the island was named Jejumok instead. Gwana is actually pure Korean meaning ‘village’ in English. It is also used to name government buildings. Ji means ‘land’ so it was on this land the administration buildings appeared. Much like City Hall today.

Throughout the Japanese occupation most things disappeared. Yet from 1991 to 1998 excavations were carried out. Then in December 2002 the site in its current form was restored.

Jeju residents donated some 50,000 bricks to the rebuilding so it has some special worth among the people.

Jeju Mokgwanaji portrays a Korean traditional beauty in among the hustle and bustle of modern life.

Buildings were used for administration purposes (honghwagak). Others for enjoying music and dance (gyulrimdang). Soliders also stayed in another (yeongjuhyeopdang).

Walking around the site today it is easy to see why the restored buildings were included in the masterpieces list.

With access right in Jeju City and a very low admission fee stop on by.

Further Information

Adults: 1,500 WON (group 1,000 WON)

Youth / Military: 800 WON (group 600 WON)

Children: 400 WON (group 300 WON)

* A group has over 10 people

* Jeju residents are free

Facilities include wheel chairs, baby strollers, baby feeding room, and parking spaces for 20 vehicles.


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