Tuesday, April 14, 2009 by ASEAN-KOREA
A stone grandfather or Dolhareubang whose presense was believed to protect the village and to keep evil out has long been a proud trademakr of Jeju. This statue takes on different faces that range from the very imposing to the humorous. Rarely found anywhere else in the world, the bulging eyes, a large stumpy nose, and a wide-thin mouth are the distinctive features of the village guardian. The faintly smiling stone grandfathers were roughly carved out of stone and hold the very image of Jeju Islanders undaunted by their harsh life.