Thursday, April 21, 2016

Jeju Museums: Jeju Folk Village

Address: 40-1 Pyoseon-ri, Pyoseon-myeon, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do

On the way to Sunrise Peak (click for main post), my friend Audrey and I stopped at the Jeju Folk Village (제주민속촌박물관).  We expected it to take about an hour to see everything (which is pretty standard for most of the museums we've been to on the island), but I think we'd both agree that there was more to look at than we thought.
A couple of houses at the start of the "course."
There are more than a couple houses to look at--it truly is a small village and it was really cool seeing the layout and structure.  As well, the village had a very tranquil atmosphere.  There was no extra noise pollution from cars or radios and it was very relaxing to walk around.
Jeju black pig in the Folk Village.
Audrey and I wished we had rented an audio guide as it's not a text-heavy museum.  There are brief blurbs at different buildings, but it doesn't go into a lot of detail like we thought it would.  So we sort of guessed at the history when the words didn't tell us enough.  Haha!

I liked that there are traditional games that you could play at different points.  The rules are always in English, which is a drawback.  Bring a Korean friend to help teach you!  You could also go into the buildings at times, and they had signs in both Jeju dialect and, um... "popular" Korean all over.
Sign with Jeju dialect (top line) and "popular" Korean (bottom line) (Where shall you go?).
If you didn't know, while they speak Korean on Jeju, the dialect is so different from what's spoken on the mainland, that other Koreans cannot understand.  It is its own language.

All in all, I enjoyed the museum and I think I would go back again if I have the chance.  Due to hunger, Audrey and I rushed through some of it so there's definitely parts that I haven't seen yet.  If visiting Jeju, it might be a place to consider visiting, depending on time and personal interests!

Love and Hugs.  

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