Just like Easter Island, Jeju Island also has its own emblem. One of the first things you notice upon arrival are the numerous human-type statues carved from the local volcanic rock. They are everywhere, from private homes, and public parks, to the entrances of temples and historic sites.
The Dolharbang (“Stone Grandfathers”), are used to scare off hostile strangers, guard and serve the deceased, are prayed to by the people looking for happiness, or by women hoping to conceive a son. These statues are the face of Jeju, and remind the local people that true beauty can be found in the daily-life pleasures, happiness, care and gratitude.
Located in Gotjawal, a natural forest rooted on a stone field, Dolharbang Park pays a tribute to these mystic guardians. It features many of the different types of Dolharbang statues, each explained with a detailed description (in English!).
This eco-museum will give you more insight on the purpose of these statues in Jeju culture, and will also entertain the young and older with its endless picture-taking possibilities.
The park offers a fun learning environment surrounded by the beauty and sounds of nature. What a great way to learn about authentic Jeju!