Explore Songdang, a venerable village with eco-friendly fun

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!

The Jeju Tourism Organization, in conjunction with the village of Songdang in Gujwa-eup, Jeju-si, currently has a mobile store and food truck selling agricultural items and culinary items made from locally grown ingredients. Items for sale include rice, beans, potatoes, dried mushrooms, fiddleheads, and black beans.

Every Saturday through to the end of August is a special event titled “Let’s have fun on Saturdays at Songdang”.  If you use Korean, upload your Songdang shopping, hiking and restaurant and cafe photos and videos to social networks with the hashtags #제주여행 #송당 #송당상회 to be eligible for a gift. If you spend over 10,000 won at the Songdang Store, you will receive a map of Songdang village and other items.

This cooperative project is intended to help engage local residents with Jeju visitors in a number of ways — both offline and online. Visitors are given the chance to learn more about Songdang with experience programs, promotional events and services. Residents, meanwhile, are provided new sources of income from the increase in tourism and tourism-related businesses.

There are plenty of interesting things to do, see and explore in the Songdang area. It has some 18 oreum (volcanic cones) for outdoor enthusiasts — including Dang, Abu, Saemi and Dot oreum.

Songdang is located about 40 kilometers from Jeju City in the mid-mountain range of Hallasan Mountain. It has a long history, having been formed at least 1,000 years ago by a family either by the name of Song or Ko.

Did you know?
The name Songdang refers to being a "place with a shrine".  According to records from the local Gujwa-eup office, a venerable old pine tree (or song) which grows next to the local shrine (or dang) is how the area got its name. Referred to as Bonghyangdang Shrine, this site is now symbolic of Jeju village shrines.

 

Address: 2240 Jungsangandong-ro, Gujwa-eup, Jeju-si. The Songdang store and food truck is located next to the 1300K+Ecobridge Coffee.

 

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