Samda means “abundance of three things.” These are seokda (rocks), pungda (wind) and yeoda (women). Therefore Jeju Island is sometimes called Samda-do (“do” means island in Korean) because of its abundance of these three things. Jeju people had to adapt themselves to nature, cultivate the rocky land and also contend with the strong winds. Many fishermen perished on the job, so there were always more women than men.

Jeju Island formed from volcanic activity and is made up almost entirely of Basalt rock.

The Jeju Museum of Art is hosting works of three artists: Kim Banghui (Sculpture), Mun Changbae (Korean painting), Lee Changhui (Western painting). Their works depict images of Jeju stone.


Date: May 2 to June 22, 2014

Location: Jeju Museum of Art. 2894-78 1100-ro, Jeju City

Admission: 1,000 won

Inquiries: 064-710-4300

Open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Closed Mondays and Jan. 1.

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