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Six historical must-see spots in Jeju's Wondoshim, old downtown area
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In addition to its major attractions and beaches, there are many places on Jeju where you can enjoy the historical side of the island. In particular, Jeju's Old Town is a place where the past and present coexist. The Jeju Weekly has found six historical places that are located in this area for you to visit.


1. Jeju Mokgwana: The former Jeju Government Office

Jeju Mokgwana, which was the center of Jeju's politics, administration, and culture since the Joseon Dynasty, was burnt down after the Japanese occupation of Jeju. However, it was restored to its current state in 2002.

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It is now a beautiful place where the modern and traditional aspects of Jeju coexist. On the last Wednesday of every month, a "Culture Day" is held where you can take part in various events that enable you to experience Korean traditional culture.

Admission
Adults aged 25 to 64 1,500 won
Adults aged 13 to 24 and soldiers 800 won
Children aged 7 to 12 400 won
Opening Hours
9:00 a.m to 6:00 p.m
Location
25, Gwandeok-ro, Jeju-si, Jeju-do (제주특별자치도 제주시 관덕로 25)

Call
064-710-6714



2. Gwandeokjeong

This is the oldest building in Jeju. It is located to the side of the entrance to Jeju Mokgwana in the center of Jeju City. ‘Gwandeok’ means to build up good virtue in everyday life. It is said that in 1448, Jeju governor Shin Suk-cheng established the Gwandeokjeong to train soldiers and cultivate their spirit.

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Location
19, Gwandeok-ro, Jeju-si, Jeju-do (제주특별자치도 제주시 관덕로 19)
Call
064-710-6711



3. Site of Jeju Fortress

The site of Jeju fortress, which was a central part of Jeju Island, was damaged during the Japanese colonization period of 1925~1928.

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While the present condition of the fortress is not perfect, it is a place where you can feel the wisdom of Jeju’s ancestors who tried to protect their land from invaders. Today, 150 meters of the southern part of Jeju Fortress has been restored.

Location
61, Ohyeon-gil, Jeju-si, Jeju-do (제주특별자치도 제주시 오현길 61)
Call
064-750-7224



4. Ohyeondan

Ohyeondan, located at Site of Jeju Fortress, is an oasis of calm where you can relax in the shade of the trees amidst the bustle of the city.

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It is the first monument of Jeju City and it is a place to celebrate the five people who contributed to the development of Jeju’s culture, education, and ideology during the Joseon Dynasty. It is the spiritual source of Jeju Island. Entry time is not limited and admission is free.

Location
61, Ohyeon-gil, Jeju-si, Jeju-do (제주특별자치도 제주시 오현길 61)
Call
064-710-6702



5. Hyangsadang

Hyangsadang is a gazebo that was built during the Joseon Dynasty. The elderly people of the village had two meetings in spring and autumn to talk about the current village agenda, practice archery, and feast.

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During the day, when you visit the Hyangsadang and it is covered with the sun, you will know why people chose to meet here.

Location
29, Jungang-ro 12-gil, Jeju-si, Jeju-do (제주특별자치도 제주시 중앙로12길 29)



6. Jeju Hyanggyo

Jeju Hyanggyo was the first school to be established in Jeju and its history dates back to 1392. After going through Gwandeokjeong to Yongdam Rotary you will find Jeju Hyanggyo on the right side of the road.

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Jeju Hanggyo represents the cultural heritage of Confucianism and was designated as a national treasure in 2016. It opens from 8:30 a.m to 6:00 p.m in the summer and 9:00 a.m to 5:30 p.m during the winter. Admission is free.

Location
43, Seomun-ro, Jeju-si, Jeju-do (제주특별자치도 제주시 서문로 43)
Call
064-757-0976

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