Jeongnang (three wooden logs instead of a gate)

Jeongnang is the English transliteration of a Korean word found on Jeju Island. It refers to the gate-like structure with three wooden logs, seen in the photographs below. The island prides itself on having no thieves or beggars, so it is local tradition to use jeongnang instead of locked gates. The fact that there are three wooden logs, and not two or four, serves a purpose:

All three logs removed means, Welcome.
One log in place means, Returning soon.
Two logs in place means, Gone for a while.
All three logs in place means, Gone all day.

This jeongnang was in the front yard of a home near Geomunoreum.


On a hiking path at the entrance to Geomunoreum.


Sculpture in the Jeju-do capital city of Jeju-si.


Decorative jeongnang for informational purposes, near Cheonjiyeon Waterfall in Seogwipo-si.