Dol Hareubang, Symbol of Jeju Island in Jeju City, South Korea - Encircle Photos

2 Dol Hareubang, Symbol of Jeju Island in Jeju City, South Korea

Meet Dol Hareubang, the symbol of Jeju Island. This basalt stone statue has bulging eyes, a bulbous nose and a slight smirk below a mushroom-shaped hat. Believed to be created in 1754 by Kim Mong-gyu, a magistrate of Jeju, the Stone Grandfather was seen in pairs guarding the gates of the island’s castles. This one still serves as protector at the entrance to Jejumok-Gwana. Want to see more of these charismatic yet somewhat mysterious statues? That is easy. There are 48 of them on the island with nearly half in the city. You can also visit Bukchon Dol Hareubang Park. Reproductions are available in every gift shop and souvenir store.

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30-1 Samdo-dong, Cheju, Jeju-do, South Korea

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