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“Not worth for the visit”

Seongeup Folk Village
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Petaling Jaya, Malaysia
Level 5 Contributor
8 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Not worth for the visit”
Reviewed May 3, 2013

Our taxi driver recommended us to go to this folk village eventhough we requested for Jeju traditional folk village. The free tour around the village ended up with the purpose of selling you their local products.

Visited April 2013
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Ipoh, Malaysia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Seongeup Folk Village of Jeju”
Reviewed April 27, 2013

The lack of literature on the Seongeup Folk village was compensated by the cheerful caretaker who gave informative, colourful and refreshing description of their well preserved ancient village.

The village revealed a period of time when peace and security were prevailing, and privacy was highly respected. No one would enter the village when the two horizontal portable poles placed across the main entrance were not removed.

Visitors would learn about the social structure of the days gone by, when men were out-numbered by women, when men stayed home and were pampered, while the women became the "work-horses" of the family. Apart from becoming skilled divers, many womenfolk had to travel long distance daily, carrying heavy loads of water supply or agricultural products back to their homes.

One would be surprised to learn that rudimentary recycling system was already being practiced.

The caretaker must be congratulated for so cleverly circumvented the description the "grand father" stone status, which was in the shape of a male organ. She described the statue as a god that offered protection against the demons, and promoted fertility for the living.

Visited November 2012
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San Jose, California
Level 6 Contributor
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
“There are better.”
Reviewed April 20, 2013

It is interesting because people actually live there in the old style. The physical village wasn't much different from other villages you can stop at. Even though some other places were created for tourist, at least the villagers acted happy and were willing to share some information.

Visited April 2013
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 337 helpful votes
“Authentic experience”
Reviewed January 3, 2013

This is a lived-in Village. Locals are still living their lives as how they used to live centuries ago. That being said, modernity started to encroach into the lives here with satellite dishes being placed outside their residences and that villagers explained that theft & burglary are starting to become a nuisance, most possibly caused by tourists that came to their village. Here, you got to learn about sustainability measures that were used before and we have to ask ourselves why such tradition isn't continuing. That being said, there are certain customs that are gone for good measures such as the black pigs that are raised there. In the olden days, the pigs would be fed faeces by humans and then, their meat would be consumed by humans (recycling)! Anyhow, this is only applicable if you are genuinely curious about Jeju way of life, which is VERY different from the mainland.

Visited December 2012
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“Insight into traditional living, but hardsell honey and liver enriching product not seem to blend in...”
Reviewed December 14, 2012

As reviewed here, the first 10-15 minutes guests are taken on a tour to the various stations to see how traditional living in korea were.
However the sales pitch on honey and several other product seems to have nothing really to do with the traditional farm life (or not obvious)... Do note the sales is not compulsory, but often, guests are 'pressured' into buying something by other guests..

Visited November 2012
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