There is a story about how farming and agriculture began on Jeju Island, and it has to do with Honinji Pond. The 800-square-meter lotus pond where the three gods from Sanxing Point and the three princesses from the Bilang Kingdom got married—Marriage is the No. 17 local memorial—is where romantic myths spread.
City/Province-Designated Monument 17 is Honinji Pond, which is known as the 2,644m2 pond where the wedding of three legendary gods from Samseonghyeol Shrine and three princesses from Byeokrangguk took place. The story goes that a chest washed up on the eastern beach. Inside the chest, there were seeds for five different grains and foals.
A story in the marriage pool goes like this: “After the wedding of the three gods who lived on Jeju and the third princess, they raised calves and ponies and planted the seeds of five grains. After that, they began farming and raising animals on Jeju Island.” In the marriage pond, there is not only the lotus pond where the wedding ceremony takes place but also three caves that are said to be the new house to prove this myth.
Walking down the quiet road in Honinji, you can sense how people used to live. If you come in October, you can see a reenactment of a mythical wedding at the Honinji Festival.
Even traditional hanbok can be tried on. As you walk around this quiet village, you can see a stone with the names of the three princesses carved into it.
The most important thing about Honinji is its pond, where you can sit and enjoy peace. One of the caves that legend says was used as a room for the bride.
Honinji is a great place to go if you want to learn about Jeju’s myths and legends while enjoying the peace of a small village. It’s part of course 2 of Olle.
How To Get There
- Location: 39-22, Honinji-ro, Seongsan-eup, Seogwipo-si (제주특별자치도 서귀포시 성산읍 혼인지로 39-22 (성산읍))
- Public Transportation: Take Bus 100 or a taxi from Jeju International Airport to get to the Jeju Bus Terminal. From the bus station, you can take an intercity bus to Donghoe-seon (). Get off at the Honinji Pond entrance ( ).
- Opening from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM