50 Photos - May 4, 2013
Photo: To the southwest of Jeju Island, Seongeup is an old inland village that in the past was the administrative center of the island.Photo: Our favorite grandfather stones - the protectors of the island.Photo: We thought it was going to be a cloudy day. All of a sudden, the sun came out. Luckily we woke up early.Photo: It was a cold, cold day. And Cynthia looked sleepy.Photo: The village has now become a cultural property.Photo: I have no idea what this is. A device to grind rice in the olden days?Photo: Most of the huts or houses in Seongeup Folk Village someone still lives there. But not these.Photo: Cynthia’s red pointy hat looks exceptionally striking against a blue background!Photo: So many small roads inside the village, and we got lost.Photo: Would you like to live inside a hut like this?Photo: A place to rest before we climbed up the gate.Photo: This is one of the three gates of the fortress. Japanese invasion was common back then due to its short distance from Udo Island.Photo: My face was unfortunately frozen by the cold weather. Hence, the less than ideal smile.Photo: Cynthia, on the other hand, handled the cold weather pretty well.Photo: This 4-meter high wall wraps around the fortress that had a total circumference of 905m.Photo: The Chinese words indicate that this was a school in a village.Photo: This confucian school was first built in 1408 and relocated in 1420. The shrine was erected within the west fortress of Jinsa-ri (at present Seongup-ri) in 1423. After several removals, it was placed in its present site in 1849 and renovated in 1967.Photo: Cynthia and I went to the back of the school.Photo: Cynthia was as hilarious as her shadow.Photo: This is a postbox. I have no idea what the Korean characters say but there seems to be a lot of characters. On the left is the main road through the village.Photo: Jeongui Hyeon Gaeksa has two functions. First, local public officers offered incense to the king on every first and fifteenth of the month. Second, central officers used to stay here during official visits.Photo: What a lovely day.Photo: So peaceful inside. There were not many tourists that day.Photo: Cynthia still looked somewhat sleepy. Or was it the sun?Photo: While it is not possible for me to verify, I doubt the original intent of this building was to be a toilet.Photo: Looking beyond the wall of Jeongui Hyeon Gaeksa.Photo: I wonder how effective these huts are against heavy rain.Photo: Another one of those ancient machineries.Photo: As we walked deeper into Seongeup Folk Village, we were greeted by a large green field.Photo: The raw material of kimchi?Photo: We must have ventured into a farming zone.Photo: This scene fascinated Cynthia and I a lot. Those who have played the Mists of Pandaria expansion would be able to relate.Photo: I would love to live in a farm.Photo: The hut behind was equipped with a satellite dish!Photo: So green that it hurts my eyes. It’s beautiful.Photo: We have found the second gate and took a 4-meter hike up the stairs for another vantage point.Photo: Here we were, 4 meters above ground!Photo: This is one of my favorite photographs in this batch. It was a candid shot and the composition turns out fine.Photo: OK. We were trying for something. You shall see!Photo: We had a lot of fun making this photograph. But the best is to come ...Photo: We couldn’t stop laughing on this one!Photo: Time to visit another site.Photo: This thatched-roof house was constructed by the great grandfather of Goh Pyeongoh in 1829. It is composed of an inner building, an outer building, and a barn.Photo: Sun dried vegetable?Photo: This house was built in 1901 by the present resident Joh Ilhoon. The inner building, the outer building, the barn, and the gate are arranged in a square with the courtyard in the center.Photo: Cynthia has finally mastered the art of levitation.Photo: We enjoyed our visit to Seongeup Folk Village and were glad that the weather held for two hours during our stay.Photo: Cynthia insisted to take a picture of me before leaving the village.Photo: We were starving by the time we found this noodle house. There was a fireplace behind our bench.Photo: By now (2.40 pm), Cynthia looked happy and fully awake! It was time for more Korean food.