Day One: Jeju City ⇨ Gasi-ri Cultural Village ⇨ Seongsan-ri coast
Morning: Visit Gasi-ri and Jeju Horse Park where you can ride to an oreum. After, visit Jayeon Sarang Photo Gallery.
Lunch: Try Jeju black pig bulgogi with bracken in the village.
Afternoon: Visit Kim Young Gap Gallery Evening and dinner: Move on to Seongsan-ri for Jeju traditional raw fish noodles and fresh seafood soup. Take a relaxing walk along the coast to aid digestion.
Jeju City to Gasi-ri: Bus: #720 Four times daily at 0628, 1128, 1528, 1828
Gasi-ri to Kim Young Gap Gallery: Bus #900/every 1 hour/25 mins/1300 won
Gasi-ri to Seongsan (Goseong): Bus: #900/every 1 hour/60 mins/2,300won. Alight at Goseong and walk 2 k.m. to Seongsan or get #700 bus (every 20 mins/7 mins)
Gasi Cultural Village
The revitalization of Gasi Village, funded in 2009, has created a model of cultural regeneration, inspired by a rich equine history. The village includes art galleries and other culturally oriented public spaces, nature trails, eco-friendly practices such as energy produced by wind turbine or the oil of the canola flower, and much more.
Gasi-ri and the fields about were Joseon-era (1392-1910) pastures, providing horses to the mainland establishment. Today many remain and you can ride, feed and even camp in a Mongol tent guesthouse alongside them. This picturesque village also boasts stunning scenery - particularly during the April canola flower festival - and local roads were selected among the nation’s 100 most beautiful.
▲ Jeju Horse Museum, Gasi-ri. Photo courtesy Jeju Horse Museum
Jeju Horse Museum (Gasi Cultural Village)
(Closed Tuesdays) 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (November-March: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.)/2,000 won
381-15 Noksan-ro, Pyoseon-myeon, Seogwipo City (064-787-0960)
Kim Young Gap Gallery Dumoak
(Closed Wednesdays) 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m. except July - August (shuts 19:00) and November - February: (shuts 5 p.m.)/3,000won 137, Samdal-ro, Seongsan-eup, Seogwipo City (064-784-9907)
One hour before sunrise until 8 p.m. (winter) and 9 p.m. (summer)/Free/No entry in bad weather
284-12, Ilchul-ro, Seongsan-eup, Seogwipo City (064-710-7923)
Day two: Seogwipo Artist Walk ⇨Seogwipo Harbor
Morning: The Seogwipo Artist Walk starts at Lee Jung Seop Park and give time to enjoy all of the city’s cultural attractions. Lunch: Head to the Olle Market for traditional Jeju food.
Afternoon: Continue along the cultural route or take some time out to enjoy such as Jeongbang Falls. Evening and Dinner: Savor Jeju’s famous seafood in Seogwipo Harbor and enjoy the night view from Saeyeon Bridge.
Seongsan to Seogwipo: Bus: #700/70-80 mins/3,300 won; Taxi: 60 mins/35,000 won
Getting around Seogwipo: All walking distance (see map).
Seogwipo Artists’ Walk
Seogwipo Artists’ Walk celebrates the artists who have made the island’s southern city their home. Visitors can not only learn about their great works of art, but also about the history of Seogwipo, the city on the south side of Jeju Island.
Lee Jung-seop Street is the focal point, a street was named after former resident Lee Jeong-seob. The Lee Jung-seop Art Festival is held every September and the area, which is passed on Olle 6, boasts a number of galleries and cafes for art lovers, plus arts and craft sellers.
▲ A market seller on Lee Jung-seop Street. Photo by Douglas MacDonald
Lee Jung-seob found himself a refugee in Seogwipo during the Korean War and produced many of his masterpieces on Jeju. Seogwipo City purchased and restored his house, also establishing the Lee Jung-seop Memorial Hall and Lee Joong-seob Gallery, housing eight of his best masterpieces and 52 other works donated by Lee Ho-jae (CEO of Gana Art).
The street is a popular filming location for dramas and there are numerous galleries and coffee shops plus regular public performances. The Seogwipo Culture, Art and Design Market is here, open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., selling local artists’ handicrafts and wares. The route passes many of the southern city’s most important cultural sites and even if not completed in one go, provides a wealth of options to be chosen from.
Route: Lee Jung-seop Park ➡ Lee Jung-seop Gallery ➡ Lee Jung-seop House ➡ Culture and Art Design Market ➡ Gidang Gallery ➡ Chlishimni Park ➡ Jagu-ri Coast ➡ Seobok Museum ➡ Soam Memorial Hall
Seogwipo Artists’ Walk (Utopia-ro)
24 hours/Free. 87, Leejungseop-ro, Seogwipo City (064-760-2481)
Lee Jung-seop Museum
(Closed Mondays) 9 a.m. -6 p.m./1,000 won
27-3, Leejungseop-ro, Seogwipo City (064-733-3555)
Gidang Art Museum
(Closed Tuesdays) 9 a.m. -6 p.m./400 won
15, Namseongjung-ro 153 beon-gil, Seogwipo City (064-733-1586)
Seogwipo Olle Market
7 a.m.- 9 p.m./Free
22, Jungjeong-ro 73beon-gil, Seogwipo City (064-762-1949)
▲ Saeyeon Bridge at night. Photo by Douglas MacDonald
Day three: Jeoji Art Village ⇨ Cheongsu-ri Gotjawal
Morning: An early morning journey to Jeoji Art Village to stroll among the galleries and workshops, including Jeju Museum of Contemporary Art.
Lunch: The village boasts a number of restaurants for lunch, including vegetarian options. Afternoon: Jump in a taxi to neighboring Cheongsu-ri where you can experience Jeju’s unique “gotjawal,” or rocky woodland habitat.
Seogwipo to Jeoji-ri 1: Seogwipo to Moseulpo: #700/45 mins/every 20 min/2300 won. 2: Moseulpo to Jeoji-ri: #900/Between 20-60 mins/1300 won /every 1 or 1.5 hr
Jeoji-ri to Cheongsu-ri: #900, 3 mins, 1300 won, every 20 mins
Jeoji Artist Village
Most representative of Jeju’s artist villages is Jeoji-ri, Hangyeongmyeon, western Jeju, which was formally established as an Artists’ Village in 2001 with government funding. Nestled mid-mountain, the village was selected in 2012 as the nation’s most beautiful by “The Beautiful Villages Association of Korea.”
The Jeju Museum of Contemporary Art, which opened in 2007, heads a labyrinthine route through the village, an intriguing warren of artistic activity, with various galleries, workshops and public artworks. To truly appreciate it, spend a few hours wistfully strolling its boundaries.
The settlement retains its wooded, upland character as buildings are separated at a distance with spacious gardens, inviting inspection. The village now comprises artist workshops and galleries in 15 art genres, many of which offer temporary residency to mainland artists, including Jin Gallery, Feng Studio and Nori Gallery. Olle 13 passes through the village.
Jeju Museum of Contemporary Art
(Closed Wednesdays)/9 a.m.-6 p.m./1,000 won
38, Jeoji 14-gil, Hangyeong-myeon, Jeju-si (064-710-7801)
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