Local traditions and culture in Jeju-do

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    Which blessing would you like?

    by mitchimitch Updated Jun 12, 2007

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    On your way to the Cheonjeyeon Falls, you will come across the "Fountain of Five Blessings". This fountain symbolizes the five blessings as follows: longevity (tortoise), wealth (boar), honor (dragon), love (duck) and sons (carp). To receive the blessing, you should pick the blessing, stand in front of the animal symbol and throw coins into the lucky bag right in the of center of the fountain. If the coin lands in the lucky bag, the blessing is yours (by faith)! The coins gathered are used to help Korea's underprivileged.

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    Olle ( Stone Fance )

    by jckim Written Mar 1, 2006

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    A stone fance or Olle is yet another point of interest for visitors to Jeju. Not only doesit remain as a long entrance alleyway leading into a main roadway of a village, but it shields the house from outsider's view and keeps the grain from blowing away.

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    Haenyo ( Women Divers )

    by jckim Written Mar 1, 2006

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    The island's aging women divers or Haenyo are one of Jeju's most celebrated phenomena. Reaching depths of up to 20m for 2minutes at a time without the use of any breathing apparatus, they harvest abalone, octopus and other seafood.

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    Bangsatap ( Stone Tower )

    by jckim Written Mar 1, 2006

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    This stone tower was constructed at sites where the flow of vital energy is stunted or inharmonious according to geomancy. Known by a variety of Korea names " geukdae, geuk, guwak, or gekdae " it embraces the islanders yearning for peace and prosperity.

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    Jeongnang ( The Front Gate of the House )

    by jckim Updated Mar 1, 2006

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    The front gate of the houses called Jeongnang. Three gates carry messages that let you know when to come and visit. Three wooden bars are placed across tow stone pillars with three holes. When all the bars are up, no one is home. When all the bars down, it's means that the owner is home. One bar up say " I'll be back in 5 minutes. " These one of a kind gates represent the open mindedness and trust of the Jeju people.

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    As happy as pig in ***

    by iwys Updated Feb 13, 2006

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    In England there is saying that if you are very happy, you are as happy as a pig in ***. If this has some foundation in truth, then the pigs of Jeju-do must be the happiest in the whole world! Because the village toilet is placed over the pig sty, and the black pigs of Jeju-do are fed on an exclusive diet of human excrement. Ummm, delicious! I think I'll have bacon for breakfast. Care to join me?

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    Harubang

    by iwys Updated Feb 13, 2006

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    The stone statues of Jeju-do, known as harubang, or stone grandfathers, are everywhere, like the stone heads on Easter Island. It is thought they were originally designed to guard entrances to villages.

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    Haenyo

    by iwys Updated Feb 7, 2006

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    The haenyo, or lady divers, of Jeju-do use no breathing apparatus and can stay underwater for two minutes at a time, reaching depths of 20m.Some of them continue diving when they are in their 70s. In the 1950s there were as many as 30,000 haenyo on Jeju-do, but now there are fewer than 3,000. Now the highest concentration of haenyo is on Udo and that is where I saw two: one in the sea, and one in a black rubber wetsuit about to dive in. Unfortunately, I was sitting on a bus at the time, as I had left my car on Jeju-do. By the time I got my camera out, it was too late! So, I can only show you my photos of the statues and a picture from an exhibition of haenyo photographs.

    There are statues celebrating the haenyo all over Jeju-do.

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    DOLHARUBANG 'stone grandfather'

    by ancient_traveler Written Sep 17, 2006

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    Dolharubang can be seen everywhere. They are black lava statues of a kindly old man. In the old days they were considered guardian deities, but now they are objects for the tourist cameras.

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    Grave Type of Jeju

    by jckim Written Mar 1, 2006

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    A point of difference mainland grave type of Jeju-do. Stone fance name's are "Sandam", man's left and women's right 50cm a secret ancestry passage.

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    Dolhareubang ( Stone Grandfather )

    by jckim Written Mar 1, 2006

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    A stone Grandfather or Dolhareubang whose presence was believed to protect the village and to keep evil out has long been a proud trademark of Jeju Island.

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