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!
If you want to learn about Jeju’s history and culture, one of the best places to visit is the Folklore and Natural History Museum.
It’s located at 40, Samseong-ro, Jeju-si, Jeju-do (제주특별자치도 제주시 삼성로 40 (일도이동). You can easily find it if you look for this big red dolhareubang figure.
To go there by bus, you can take one of several buses (e.g. #500, 37, 36, 10, 28, 5, 6, 7, and 43) that go to Gwang Yang (광양) bus stop and walk for about 12 minutes.
The admission fee is 1,500won for adult. If you’re a Jeju resident, the ticket only costs 500won. There’s a small parking fee if you plan to drive. This is a great place to learn about Jeju and save money!
The Folklore and Natural History Museum has a spacious plaza and a view of the city.
In the main exhibit, you can learn about the geological formation of Jeju, and see displays of volcanic rocks that make up the island.
You can learn about the different ecosystems in Jeju and what animals live there.
There’s also a cool display on the bone structures of different animals. It’s quite different to see them in this light!
The next part of the exhibition takes you back in time to when Jeju still has thatched roof.
There are models of different rooms and traditional ceremonies that reflect Jeju’s culture and history.
Look at all the different dishes that can make up a traditional Jeju meal!
One of the most famous symbols of Jeju is the women divers called haenyeo. In this display, you can see the type of clothing and tools that haenyeo use everyday.
On the first floor is a huge display of two of Jeju’s traditional boats – “taewoo” (rectangular-shaped raft) and “wind-powered boat” (sailboat that goes on a wind). Fishing has been a means of living on Jeju since the early days thanks tot he rich ocean surrounding the island. However, fishing was limited in the littoral sea zone due to the crudity of the boats. Only the “taewoo” and “wind-powered boat” were available to hire at that time.
The Folklore and Natural History Museum also has a marine exhibit that the younger students might like. It features the largest Bryde’s whale bones in Asia!
The last part of the exhibit is an outdoor area. You can see the Jeju traditional three-pole gate (jeongnang), used back when life was simple and there were no thieves on Jeju. If the poles are all on the ground, it means that the owner is home. If one pole is up, it means that the owner is away, but will come home soon. If two poles are up, the owner will be away until night time. If three poles are up, that means the owner will be away for a long time, so do not enter!
Under this thatched roof is a replica of a malbang, or horse mill. The horse pulls the wooden frame to rotate the millstone to thresh, hull, and crush the grains.
There’s a lot to learn about Jeju’s culture and history when you visit the Folklore and Natural History Museum. Even rocks can be fascinating! ^_^
Have you visited this museum before? Let us know!
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