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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

돌 하르방 Dol Harubang

돌 하르방 Dol Harubang means stone grandfather is carved from the porous basalt or volcanic rock in Jeju island and in many different size from the small one to up to 3 meters high. It looks like a big mushroom statues.
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The statue's face feature grinning expressions and bulging eyes without pupils, a long, broad nose, and slight smile and it hands rest on its bellies, one slightly above the other. In sets of two, one will have a higher left hand and the other a higher right hand. The hat is commonly referred to as phallic or mushroom-like.
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Dol Harubang considered to be the protection and fertility gods. Therefore, it is placed outside of gates for protection against demons travelling between realities. Also, it is widely known for its power of birthing son if the woman touches its nose. Many honeymooning couples can be seen lining up to do just so, each standing to either side to have their pictures taken with their hands on its nose. Dolharubang has become a symbol of Jeju island. If you come to Jeju-do, you will find so many Dol Harubangs ^^
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 Picture credit : Jeju-do (제주도) ~ One the 7 New Wonder

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