Samseonghyeol

Samseonghyeol, Jeju: Address, Phone Number, Samseonghyeol Reviews: 3.5/5

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kjmagnuson
Los Angeles, CA668 contributions
Couples
According to legend, Samseung Hyeol is where three demigods emerged from the ground to become the founding fathers of Tamna. This is the basis of the legend, and it is well-known to most Jeju residents. The Tamna kingdom ended in 1404 when it was absorbed by the newly founded Joseon Dynasty. While this rather small shrine is undobutably not THAT ancient, it is a unique site. There is a small museum which shows a video that tells the full legend of Tamna's founding.

One plus of this site is the original Dol hareubangs (Grandfather statues) located at the entrance. These statues are unique to Jeju island, with a similar variation in Korea's southern coast. There are only 48 remaining Dol hareubangs left on Jeju-do. These "grandfather" statues were made between 1763-65.
Written December 7, 2012
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thelonious22
Seongnam4,374 contributions
I checked out Samseonghyeol not even knowing what it was exactly but went anyway because it was close to my hotel and it was some sort of a cultural sight. Upon entering I learned it was basically three unimpressive holes where three demi-gods supposedly emerged from. While the main sight isn’t impressive, it was still a nice park to walk around in during spring with the cherry blossoms. It’s definitely not a sight worth going out of your way to see unless you’re interested in Korean legends.
Written March 30, 2020
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LG_Kay
Singapore, Singapore7,488 contributions
Solo
Unless one is interested in its history or legend about how the 3 holes came about, there is nothing much to explore. The compound is rather small and quiet, just a handful of visitors. In one pavilion is a 3D multimedia presentation, lasting 14 mins, which explains the legend behind these 3 holes. Unfortunately, visitors cannot get close to these holes, hence have to view from afar. 30 minutes is sufficient to cover this place, admission fees 2,500 won.

Recommend to drop by only you have spare time to kill or already nearby. Else can skip this place.
Written December 23, 2018
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Jeju T
323 contributions
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Back in the days of yore -- how far back, no one can be certain -- three demigods came forth from three holes in the ground located near the northern coast of an island to the south of Korea. These three demigods lived as hunter-gatherers until a ship arrived bearing three princesses, domesticated farm animals and seeds for growing grain. The princesses married with the demigods, and the Tamna Kingdom was born. Today, we know Tamna, which ended in 1404 with the coming of the Joseon Kings -- Korea's last imperial dynasty -- as Jejudo or Jeju Island. We know that beloved and mystical site as Samseonghyeol ("sam" means three in Korean). It is a special place and, particularly for history buffs, a "must-see" in Jeju. The holes, which likely were once active thermal vents on this volcanic isle, are surrounded by a protective Stonehenge-like ring and a mini-forest/park of lush and majestic, mature trees and flowers. It is quite pleasant, and on a warm summer's day, a cool respite from the city that has grown around it. There's a small museum showing a film about the founding of Tamna. The film is in Korean, but if you look at the exhibits there before watching the film, you will understand it much better. It is not readily possible to actually photograph the holes unless you have a ladder, a drone, a long selfie stick or happen to be about 8 feet tall...this would be my one disappointment about the site. But there is an official photo mounted nearby. If you have the time, plan to spend 1-1.5 hours there, to take in the walking trails, museum, movie and various historic buildings. You will also be greeted by some of the original 18th century dolhareubangs (protective "stone grandfathers") remaining on the island. It's a good outing for singles, couples, friends and families. Even young children can enjoy the birds, flowers, stones and many benches located throughout the park. Admission is quite nominal...2,500 KRW adults, 1,700 teens; 1,000 children 7-12.
Written May 16, 2015
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starryskyc
Hong Kong, China28 contributions
Friends
好好味丫!我們是由一位當地韓國人推薦這餐廳的!海鮮鍋真的很棒,我們一進餐廳,全部人,是全部人都在食海鮮鍋!Full of different kinds of seafood including Abalone (top highlight), scallops, octopus, prawns, crab, etc. 2 people pot only costs around HKD400 which is very reasonable!! We encore for a second visit during our trip!!
Written April 13, 2019
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Shael M
Darwin, Australia90 contributions
Family
A beautiful garden to wander through. The museum played us an English 3D film introducing us to the legend of the three demigods who founded Jeju culture. Then we got to see the place where they sprang from the earth, infused with the spirit of the volcano.
Written December 17, 2017
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Malcolm
Jerusalem, Israel1,254 contributions
Couples
You cant see the holes all it is about. If one wouldnt have known in advance or from the movie what to see(the holes) you wouldnt have found the place. The park is nice.
Written May 22, 2017
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Dong L
Busan, South Korea4,076 contributions
Solo
You may find it interesting if you are interested in a legend, folk tale or something like that. The story goes like this, there were three gods who came to Jeju and lived peacefully... And one day....
But it's usually in Korean. Especially the movie was dubbed in Korean. It should have English version. But I am not sure there is. The movie is good way you come to know the story.
Written June 2, 2018
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Ricky L
Singapore, Singapore238 contributions
Couples
It was so quiet when we arrived. We weren't even sure if it was opened until someone greeted us. We spend an hour here watching a indoor 3-d movie and had someone guided us within the garden. Its good to know there is a 'fantasy' in which the people believe in Jeju Island. I wondered what the three men were thinking when three beautiful were presented to them as I cant help to smile when I hear is them laughing in the 3d movie.
Written April 24, 2017
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deboramarzec
San Antonio, TX29 contributions
Family
A pleasant park that protects the 3 holes in the ground from which sprang the demigods who founded the Kingdom of Tamna. It also houses a small museum which tells the story of the founding of Tamna, as well as buildings for the clan rituals that are held each year to mark the anniversary. Although in the city it is a fairly quiet and reflective place where you can get away from the city noise under the tall trees which provided some much needed shade during our visit.
Written September 10, 2016
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