Samseonghyeol (삼성혈) Shrine is located in the middle of Jeju city. The word “Samseonghyeol” means “three clans’ holes”, referring to the three ‘品’ shaped holes in the middle of the forest. Each hole is separated from the other holes by a few meters.
Legend has it that Samseonghyeol is the place where three demigods, the founding fathers of Tamna (the former name of Jeju), first appeared. They lived by hunting and gathering for a while and got married to three princesses from Byeokrangguk who came to shore in a wooden box. The three princesses brought with them a calf, pony, and five different seeds that eventually helped to establish agriculture in Jeju.
There are several buildings in this shrine such as exhibition hall, Samseongjeon (which has ancestral tablets of three demigods), Samseongmun, Jeonsacheong and Sungbodang. Also, memorial services are held every spring (on the 10th of April) and autumn (on the 10th of October).
As mentioned above, Samseonghyeol Shrine is located in middle of the Jeju city. But when you get in there, you would feel that you’re in a middle of the secret forest of the city and walk through the past time as it is surrounded by couple hundred years old trees.
This place is designated as Historic site no.134 and should be such a good one if you’re interested in the history of Jeju island.