- Get a fuller understanding of JejuMuseum tours to complement your visit
Jeju Island is a place full of natural wonders and breathtaking outdoor locations open to visit. While you relax, you enjoy the warm climate of the island located in the extreme south of Korea. However, if you face a rainy day during your stay on the island, there is no reason to feel disappointed. Jeju Island offers an equally impressive amount of indoor places that you will surely love to know, including the museums. Participating in the museum tour will give you an outlook of the history and development of the island and what it has become today. Relaying back in detail from the very beginning of what could be captured and studied, to some of the triumphs and overpowering Korean culture that Jeju Island embraces today.
Whether your interest is in ancient history and great dynasties or entertainment and interactivity, Jeju Island has a museum that is just right for you. Most of the museums are sheltered which means it is perfect for any weather and accommodates to your liking of staying indoors. Fun and interesting museums vary to your interests and are prepared for you and your family, partner or friends and some are even interactive! Immerse yourself in Korean history and contemporary culture and learn about the immense cultural and diverse facets of Jeju Island, Korea and its people.
- Guess the history and culture of JejuHistory/Art/Culture Museum
Jeju National Museum
Jeju Island is known for its rich history, immemorial to the people that first inhabited the region. It is one of the most reputable places in Korea to study and appreciate the culture. This remarkable past is available to you at the Jeju National Museum. There, you can embark on a fascinating journey that will take you from prehistory to the time of great dynasties, exploring legends, art and local geography. In the Central Hall, you can admire a mesmerizing reproduction of Jeju-eupseong Fortress made based on a depiction in Tamna-sullyeokd and on the remains of the old Jeju provincial government buildings, that have been excavated and studied since 1990.This was painted in the 28th of King Sukjong's reign (1702). There is also a stained glass on the ceiling, portraying the founding myth of the state of Tamna, as Jeju was previously known. In the Prehistory Gallery, it's possible to go back even further in time and learn about the habits and lifestyle of the first inhabitants of Jeju, and see their tools and works of art. The Goryeo Period Gallery depicts the region's continuous development during the Bronze Age, the result of the constant interaction between the island's residents and the people who lived on the Korean Peninsula. The Tamnasullyeokdo, Donation and Joseon Period galleries present the history of the dynasties that ruled Jeju over the years, until the island lost its position as a country in 1105. In 1295, the place gained its current name, Jeju, which means "the village across the sea." Also, don’t forget to check out the “Hands-on Experience corner” where you can try activities like stone rubbing, woodblock printing and ancient painting puzzles. This way, you can experience the traditional Jeju culture and have a deeper understanding of the history of this enchanting place.
Jeju National Museum (국립제주박물관) Address 17, Iljudong-ro, Jeju-si, Jeju-do Phone 064-720-8000 Hours Tuesday~Friday 10:00~18:00. Saturday, Sunday and national holidays: 10:00~19:00.
Closed every Monday, January 1st, Korean New Year’s day (February 16th, 2018) and Korean Thanksgiving Day.
Lee Joong-seop Museum
Lee Joong-seop Art Museum is a memorial and a gallery, established in year 2002 in order to honor the artistic spirit and passion of Lee Joong-seop. He came to Jeju Island with his family, escaping from Korean War in 1950, and his work began to flourish as he stayed in Seogwipo-si. Acknowledging the great work of Lee Joong-seop as an artist, Seogwipo-si named the street where Lee Joong-seop stayed after escaping from the Korean War, as Lee Joong-seop Street in 1996. And year 1997, his house was restored and since that year, at the end of every October, Lee Joong-seop Culture Festival is held in accordance with his date of death. There is Lee Joong-seop park In front of the art museum and his numerous works during his life in Seogwipo-si are exhibited. Other than that, modern-day works of over 30 artists from Korea and other countires are exhibited as well. Lee Jong-seop is one of the most frequently mentioned and discussed artists in arts classes in Korean schools. Most of his works are about cow, chicken, children and family. The themes of his works have strong ethnic atmosphere, full of imaginations and very autobiographical. While being enrolled in Japanese universitiy, Lee Joong-seop married Japanese woman and had two sons. But his life became unstable due to the Korean War and his wife left him and went back to Japan with the children because of the financial difficulties. He elevated his sorrow and hardships into artistic touch and passion. The fee for an adult is 1,500 won.
Lee Joong-seop Museum (이중섭미술관) Address 27-3, Ijungseop-ro, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do Phone 064-760-3567 Hours Daily 09:00~18:00. Closed every Monday, January 1st, Korean New Year’s day (February 16th, 2018) and Korean thanksgiving day. (The last entry is available at 17:30.) Website http://culture.seogwipo.go.kr/jslee
Jeju 4.3 Peace Memorial Hall
Through sad moments in history, it is possible to reflect on the mistakes of the past in order to seek a future of peace and prosperity for everyone, ensuring that human rights are not only respected, but also guide the conduct of all of us.
This is precisely the goal of the "Jeju 4∙3 Peace Park", in which is present the "Jeju 4∙3 Peace Memorial Hall".
The "Jeju 4.3 Incident" is one of the saddest pages in recent Korean history. Everything started at the end of World War II, when Korea was released from the domain of the Japanese Empire, which was defeated in the conflict. Two provisional governments were then established, dividing the country: The north, under Soviet influence; and the south, protected by the United States.
Despite the people's longing for a unified Korea, such a division only further accentuated the ideological differences of right-wing and left-wing politicians, making the unification process even more difficult – Not to mention the beginning of the Cold War, which placed Korea in a central strategic position in the conflict between the two great powers that were present in the country.
In this context, right after the liberation from Japan, the Preparatory Committee for Establishing a Country (PCEC) was organized across the country aiming to create a sovereign independent state, including Jeju Island. The PCEC in the island quickly became influential in the place, having as a top priority the maintenance of public order.
The US military government in Korea wasn't happy about this situation, believing that the Committee in Jeju was acting based on leftist ideas, and then implemented a policy of controlling Jeju instead of leaving the administration to the People's Committee.
The population of the island was not satisfied with that, and the situation worsened on March 1, 1947, when during a public protest a child was hit and injured by a horse of mounted police officer. The policeman acted as if nothing had happened, and was harassed by people. In response, the armed police shot at the crowd and killed six people.
The animosities between the two parties became even more pronounced in the following months, and culminated in the episode that was known as the "Jeju 4.3 Incident". By 1948, the People's Committee had turned into an armed resistance, fighting against the local government. Martial law had already been established in Jeju, and then the government issued a statement saying anyone who entered the mid-mountain areas more than 5 km from the coastline would be regarded as a rebel and then shot to death.
Then, a suppressive operation that would annihilate villages in the mid-mountain areas began. American forces claimed that the inhabitants of such villages were either part of the armed resistance or were colluding with such group, and then these people were killed indiscriminately.
The "Jeju 4∙3 Incident" lasted for years, causing the second largest number of casualties in the modern history of Korea, next to the Korean War. About 30,000 people were killed, 40,000 houses were destroyed and the villages in mid-mountain areas were abandoned.
Currently, in Jeju Island, it's possible to visit the "Jeju 4 ∙ 3 Peace Park" which honor the lives lost during this tragic period, and makes us realize the importance of tolerance and fraternity in the process of building a better world.
Jeju 4.3 Peace Memorial Hall (제주 4.3 평화기념관) Address 430, Myeongnim-ro, Jeju-si, Jeju-do Phone 064-723-4344 Hours Daily 09:00~18:00. Closed on Mondays of the first week and the third week of the month. Website www.jeju43peace.or.kr
- A museum is never boringEntertainment Museum
Located in Jungmum Tourist Complex, Play K-pop is the largest virtual reality museum in Korea where you can enjoy novelty experiences in thirty one different virtual reality booths across three floors. As the name suggests, the concept of this museum is related to K-pop. You’ll be given a card as an admission ticket with a QR code printed on it. With this card, you’ll be able to save and download the videos and pictures that you recorded while using the virtual reality booths. You can buy merchandise and souvenirs related to K-pop stars in the gift shop. You can enjoy a virtual reality concert passionately performed by your favorite K-pop starts at the ‘Live Holo Concert’ booth. Travel back to the past by listening to old, nostalgic music. Generations young and old can enjoy displays of history of Korean pop music. Have a sweet date with your favorite K-pop star. You can become a K-pop star and experience their daily life, including wearing beautiful make up. You can have a duet, singing and dancing with your favorite K-pop star. You will have plenty of opportunities to get picture with K-pop stars as well. You can experience modern technological advances like holograms, motion tracking and head-mounted displays. For children, there are familiar and famous characters to play with. This museum has more than just K-pop though; you can experience horseriding, kayaking and skydiving using virtual reality. Visit the imaginary world and have an amazing time. This museum is fantastic for people of all ages. The fee is 15,000 won for an adult.
Play K-pop (플레이케이팝) Address 15, Jungmungwangwang-ro 110beon-gil, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do Phone 064-780-9000 Hours Daily 09:00~19:00. The last entry is available at 18:00. Only closed the first Tuesday in March and December Website http://www.playkpop.co.kr
You may have dreamed of being a prince or a princess in a movie at least once in your life. Well, you can make those dreams come true in Drama World. Located at Aewol, Drama World has costumes and props which were used in real television dramas. It includes interior sets which were practically used or restored. Not only do they have drama sets, but they also have ‘World Studio’ which includes ‘Game of Thrones’, ‘Sherlock Holmes’, and European street. In historical drama sets, you can travel back to the past to the era where kings ruled and reigned over cities and Kingdoms. In Korean wave sets, you’ll find some drama sets of famous Korean dramas. Including drama sets which show old street’s, landscapes like Japanese colonial period, Korean War, 1970s and so on. Older people would definitely enjoy these nostalgic sets, for their ability to recall past memories. There is also a special exhibition with teddy bears where they make the stuffed animal’s within a scene of a worldwide drama. These cute teddy bears act and depict a particular scene. Another unique opportunity at the museum is where you can try on various costumes for free. These costumes are actually authentic from drama’s, so photos are encouraged to capture the unique memory. You can also rent Korean traditional clothes at a cheap price. It’s such an exciting environment, you’ll forget you are in a museum.
Don’t miss the opportunity to be mesmerized by the amazing drama sets that are in store for you!
Drama World (드라마월드) Address 3, Hwajeon-gil, Aewol-eup, Jeju-si, Jeju-do Phone 064-792-3777 Hours Daily 09:00~19:00. The last entry is available at 18:00.
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