South-west from Seongsan was Seongeup Folk Village. I was hesitant about visiting this site because I’d already seen Jeju Island’s traditional houses when I entered Stone Park. But the difference was Stone Park contained replicas, Seongeup was the real thing.
There were around one hundred traditional houses within the three metre high stone wall that surrounded the village. Many of the houses were still occupied by families, but it was easy to identify ones that could be entered. In Jeju tradition, those available to the public had their three gate poles lowered.
This village was the seat of Jeongul-hyeon during the Joseon period from 1423 until 1910 once the government divided Jeju into two administrative units. Within the walled town was a guesthouse, a Confusian school, Peddlers’ Inn, a blacksmith and Geunminheon Hall which was the office building for the county magistrate.
The oldest house still standing from the 18thcentury was Go Pyeong-o’s house. Part of his lodgings had once been available to visiting government officials.
There was no charge to enter this historical village. I guess they hoped visitors would return to the shops and restaurants at the entrance or spend at those scattered through the village.