Travel to Korea? How about Seopjikoji in Jeju Island?

Travel to Korea? How about Seopjikoji in Jeju Island?

Do you know where the location of convent of Korean drama ‘All In’ is? 
The Korean drama ‘All In’ is based on casino, and also contains the story about dreaming of turning their lives around through the casino games.

In the drama, there are 3 main characters. The first is Kim In-ha(casted Lee Byoung-Heun). Kim In-ha is impatient, sensitive, and hot-tempered, but he lives by loyalty and will die by loyalty. The second is Min Soo-yeon(casted Song Hye-gyo). Min Soo-yeon is broad-minded, warm-hearted, and passionate about her work. The third is Choi Jeong-won(casted Ji Seong). Choi Jeong-won is kind and friendly.

The soap opera is quite interesting, but more attracted thing is Jeju island that is the location of the drama All In. The road of coastal drive and the seashore where the main characters walked in the soap opera was memorable. Especially, casino game is somewhat unfamiliar to Korean people, so the story about it seemed to be also interested to them.

More, most of Korean people had been concerned about the other location ‘Convent’ where Min Soo-yeon had grown and lived. Where is it?

The convent from the drama ‘All In’ is located in ‘Seopjikoji’ in Jeju Island. All sceneries of there are picturesque, cozy atmosphere, and peaceful. 

Of course, colorful rape flowers can be seen in anywhere in Jeju Island, but especially in Seopjikoji that is located in eastern Mt. Halla, broad flower garden of yellow rape flowers is harmonized, so that it offers sequestered and romantic atmosphere.  

Beautiful sea shore can also be seen in there. The seaside is connected to the Seongsan Ilchulbong, and the rocks on the seashore covered with mosses. The place is unequaled in point of scenic beauty!

Apart from the drama ‘All In’, Seopjikoji had been chosen for film locations of so many Korean films. The Korean films such as ‘The Legend of Gingko’, ‘Lee Jae-Soo's Rebellion’, and ‘A Thousand and One Nights’ were shot in Seopjikoji. Especially, the blue house appeared in Korean film ‘The Legend of Gingko’ is also located in Seopjikoji.

The origin of the name of the Seopjikoji

Seopjikoji looks like a sack that is bulging toward sea, and has narrowed location such as tied it with a string. Seopjikoji is a dialect of Jeju island, and it means narrow cape. In Korean language, the narrow location is ‘Hyoup Ji’, and the cape is ‘Goj’. On the other hand, in dialect of Jeju island, the narrow location is ‘Seopji’, and the cape is ‘Koji’.

The folk tale of Seopjikoji

According to the folk tale, long time ago, a Taoist fairy would secretly descend from heaven, then bathe around the Seopjikoji before returning. 
One day, the son of the Dragon King of the Sea told his father that he want to get marry the Taoist fairy because he fell in love with her at first sight.
The Dragon King of the Sea suggested to his son as that if his son could wait during for 100 days doing nothing, he will give his son permission to get marry her. 
But, on the appointed day, the waves rose high and strong, and the rain was accompanied by a high wind. 
So the Taoist fairy could not descend on the day because of the bad weather. 
Their love could not matured into marriage, and the son of the Dragon King of the Sea surrendered himself to grief. The son of the Dragon King of the Sea greatly missed her, and after all, he became a rock in the Seopjikoji.

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