– By our resident Korean travel diarist –
It’s a site at the side of the road that many drive by either in a car or sitting on the 10, 20, 26, and 100 bus.
It is Samsaseok, which is Jeju Monument No. 4 in the Hwabuk-dong area of Jeju City.
Discover the mythical origin story of Jeju Island within the site at its worn stones.
The information board provides background details yet I’ll try and give a brief overview here.
Basically when Tamna (an old name for Jeju) was founded, three prince-gods named Bu, Go, and Yang emerged from Samseonghyeol close to the location of the present day KAL Hotel. They then married 3 princesses from the land of Byeokrang and sought a place to settle down. Thus they shot arrows to choose and it is in Hwabuk-dong on these stones the arrows fell.
From 1735 the Jeju governor, Kim-jeong, looked to take care of legendary locations and began to protect the area.
One message on the monument says the arrows landed here and the 3 prince-gods remains will last forever.
Then in 1813 resident, Yang Jong-Chang, collected the stones to keep in a special stone case. On the left and right he inscribed further flagstones with a message. The message said he collected the stones here because they were becoming so old.
There was further expansion and protection work in March 1840 and the 1930s too.
Within the site flowers bloom beautifully and the weather was pleasant enough to enjoy Jeju’s historical-themed travel.
Samsaseok is close to the city and if you have time stop by for a quick visit. If you live here you’ve probably already been by and never realized.