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'Soombi' is the phonetic expression of the first breath taken by Jeju's female divers(Haenyo) after emerging from the depths of the sea.
The name also represents our welcoming minds to our guests to encourage their first step at Shilla Jeju with vigor and comfort. Boasting a cool breeze, the sweet scent of grass, and the different colors and natural sounds of each season-Create long-lasting and memorable moments atn Soombi Garden.
Baekrok Fountain at the front door of The Shilla Jeju commands the clearest view of Hallasan Mountain. On a fine day you can try to spot the legendary white deer (Baekrok) to feel the beauty of Halla Mountain.
An old legend of Halla Mountain has it that fairies descended upon Baekrokdam at the top of the mountain to take a bath every year on dog day, and the Taoist hermits there had to leave the mountain to make room for them. One day, the hermits came back to the mountain sooner than usual, only to catch an unintended glimpse of the fairies bathing. The men were transformed into white deer as punishment. Backrok fountain at the front door of The Shilla Jeju commands the clearest view of Halla Mountain. On a fine day, you can even try to look for the legendary white deer(Baekrok), making you appreciate the beauty and grandness of Hanra mountain at closer distance.
Ollae Bar Terrace
A unique space based on Jeju's traditional construction style, an Ollae is a type of long alley leading to a house, reflecting the characteristics of Jeju's houses, which do not have a front door. Native Jeju people feel the warmth of home and memories of their childhood from Ollae. The Ollae Bar terrace has been named after the Ollae to provide warm affection and coziness to guests of Shilla Jeju.
A unique space based on Jeju's traditional construction style, an Ollae is a type of long alley leading to a house, reflecting the characteristics of Jeju's houses, which do not have a front door. The name itself is a Jeju dialect and refers to a small alley from empty lot in front of one's house to the front door, which kids used as a playground while adults would meet their friends there. No wonder that native Jeju people feel the warmth of home and memories of their childhood from Ollae. As special Ollae is to Jeju people, the Ollae Bar terrace is also a special place to our guests because you can see a star called "Old Man's Star" only from here where horizon and east sky meets. The star is only visible from the south of Halla Mountain - it rises in the eastern sky at dawn and disappears when the sun rises. It's been said that residents of the town where the Old Man's Star shines live longer with virtues thanks to the star's spirit. Tonight you can have special moments at the Ollae Bar Terrace and make a wish to where the star rises, and it may bless you with virtues and long life while you are asleep.
The central passage of Soombi Garden where you can have a full sight of the garden - this place once garnered media attention because of VIPs from around the world went up and down the stairway. All guests of Shilla Jeju can own the place.
When the Jeju island was first created, there were two suns, as well as two moons. Obviously excessive heat from them made the people suffer and popular sentiment couldn't be worse. The Cheonji King, who was observing all the mayhem from heaven, went down to Jeju, and got married to a Jeju lady called Chongmyung Booin(Bright lady)who gave birth to two sons named as Daebyulwang and Sobyulwang. The king gave a set of bow and arrow weighing thousand tons and had the sons to shoot down one sun and one moon. This restored order to the land and people found it life-worthy again. This terrace stairway stands for the hill that the two sons climbed up to shoot the arrow. The central passage of Soombi Garden where you can have a full sight of the garden, this place once garnered media attention because of VIPs from around the world went up and down the stairway.
Pond of Ryu and Yon
A long time ago, young Ryu went on a trip and stopped by at Jeju. While he lost his mind at the sight of the wide and vast sea of Suguipo, Yon, the daughter of the dragon king of the sea fell in love with him. Yon tried to convey her feelings by sending him a carp, Buu, but Ryu had already returned to the mainland. However, Buu happened to be a very faithful vassal and swam up the waterfalls and streams to deliver the letter from Yon. Naturally the dragon king of the sea was angered by this news, and dried up all the water in the streams. But this couldn't prevent the couple from loving each other deeply. Eventually, the two managed to convince the king, but Ryu couldn't live in the water, while Yon couldn’t live out of it, so the king decided to turn them into a pair of mandarin ducks, and from then on they lived in the pond and the waterfall next to the dried-up streams, and the king had Buu stand guard over them. Just like Ryu did, clap your hands to gather the carp descendants of Buu, and you can see that there's still no water at the dried up streams.
On April 15th 1996, when Korean President Youngsam Kim and US President Bill Clinton held a summit and press conference here, the gorgeous blue sea of Jeju and The Shilla Jeju were seen by the whole world. After the summit, it's still called 'Summit' to commemorate the event.
Shadowed by two grand pine trees, this bench with a view of the Joongmoon sea is known as the last shooting site of Korea’s first blockbuster movie, Swiri, featuring Sukgyu Han and Yunjin Kim, and directed by Jegyu Kang. The sound of waves and the sunlight shining through the pine branches tickle your ears and face, offering a moment of relaxation unparalleled by any other place on Earth. The bench has a flower garden at each end filled with rape flowers in spring, hydrangeas in summer, Cosmos in autumn, and reeds in winter. You can pick golden mandarins while enjoying a stroll. The place is also known as the best spot to see a beautiful sunrise and sunset around The Shilla Jeju.
Agave and Silver Grass Garden
The high-rising agave on the hill covered with white pebbles, which blossoms every 100 years, will make you feel inexplicably earnest. Sit on the bench here and make a promise of love to last 100 years while relishing the exotic atmosphere of Soombi Garden. Wild silver grass provides secrecy at the late autumn so that couples can share lover's whispers and take memorable pictures. The flower language of agave is delicacy, while that of silver grass is kindness. Hopefully you can find a love that lasts 100 years and beautiful memories amid the refined kindness of The Shilla Jeju.
First Love Hill and Mailbox
Climb up the Youngsanhong hill that stands for first love and reach the ocean observatory to find a red mailbox. It's the one and only First Love post office in the world with nothing but a red mailbox. In spring, the whole place is covered with the red of Youngsanhong flowers(Azaleas), which whither very fast. Maybe that's why the flower language of Youngsanhong is first love - and the place reminds you of the first love that blooms up like Youngsanhong but withers in no time at all. However, if the one next to you now is not your first love, leave the memory here. Maybe you can leave a message for your first love, which will blossom into a red Youngsanhong flower next year.
Stairway to Sea
Bluish scenery along the road towards the sea and the scent of thick grass - walk on the stairway barefoot early in the morning to fully appreciate the scent of fresh forest and sea.
A group of earwigs with highly specialized skills set up a town here. They could build up strong walls of black sand with the sticky glue from their body after eating up the black sands at the sea. The columnar joints at Joongmoon beach are the works of these earwigs. One day, Jeju was hit by a powerful typhoon, and the adults couldn't even find food to feed the kids, so they decided to feed them with their own bodies after hours of discussion. The kids, in appreciation of their parents’ sacrifices, learned to build towers in which they placed scoops and caldrons to honor their parents. You can actually feel your soul itch a little while you walk barefoot on the stairs because the adult earwigs used to diligently carry food for the kids there.
Honeymoon Hill, a collection of commemorative trees planted by newly-weds visiting Shilla Jeju to honor their promise for a new start, has Honeymoon Road, with a width of 1.5m, the best width for two people to walk with arm in arm. Each end of the road has a 'Door of Love' and any couple stepping inside must do so arm-in-arm. They must walk to the other end in step, and if the number of steps is even, the lady makes the pledge of love first, while the man goes first if the number is odd. The couple swing and bench help with creating romantic atmosphere, and there's the Statue of Conception at the door with the legend that you can have a bright child if you touch its nose.