Finally we met a Filipino tourist guide here in Seongeup Village. She can speak english very well but of course we used our native tounge/language so she was able to explain to us very well the history of the village and Jeju as well. It's only from her where we learned that the famous Jeju Black Pig used to eat human poop/dung (but that was circa 1940's or earlier). We also learned from Grace (name of the Filipino guide there) that Korean women, during the early years, were the one who work for the family while the husbands only stay at home. Sad to hear that. =/ We also learned about the history of Stone Grandfather Harabong as well as the various symbolisms used in Jeju.
When in Seongeup, make sure to try their Omija, an herbal drink made out of fermented berries. It can help cure acne, headache, kidney problems and good for diabetics. Kinda pricey but worth a shot. They also have other herbal medicines which you can try. As we all know, Koreans, especially their ancestors, are used to taking medicinal plants so I guess they are really credible enough when they say that this or that plant is effective for healing ailments. Google the benefits of OMIJA.
By the way, this is also the place where the famous Koreanovela Dae Jangeum (Jewel in the Palace) was filmed.
If you happen to visit Seongeup Village, ask for Grace as a guide. You will definitely learn a lot. And oh, we get to check out old korean houses as well. ^_^
NOTE: I think there are many communities within Seongeup village but ask your guide to specifically drop you off at the community where Grace is. No entrance fee as well.
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