The hall, in Daejeong-eup, Seogwipo, is dedicated to the prominent Joseon government minister, Silhak scholar, poet, painter and calligrapher Kim Jeong-hui (penname Chusa) who lived in exile on Jeju for eight years.
But this is just the beginning of an unusual artistic and architectural experience.
The 75 billion won building which opened in 2010 was designed by renowned Korean architect Seung Hyo Sang.
Right from the entrance it is an impressive example of architectural creativity.
The purpose of this unusual path is to emphasize Chusa’s years of contemplative exile, during which he took many long, lonely walks around the area’s trails and countryside.
These crisscrossing steps force visitors to “slow down” their normal sightseeing pace and reflect on the austere life which Chusa experienced here.
Inside the hall are examples of Chusa’s writings, art, poetry and even a special style of calligraphy which he developed while on Jeju.
On the grounds of the hall is a reconstructed traditional Jeju home, much like the one Chusa lived in. Visitors can stroll around the residence to get a sense of how the artist and scholar lived.
Date/Time: Open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Closed Mondays.
Location: 44 Chusa-ro, Daejeong-eup, Seogwipo
How to get there: From Jeju City Intercity Bus Terminal you can take bus 755, 750-2 or 750-3 directly to Chusa Hall. The trip is just over an hour one-way. From Seogwipo City Intercity Bus Terminal, the trip is about 50 minutes on bus 702, 750-3 or 755.
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