Spring Valley in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
The residents of Jeju Island did not require gates, but instead utilized long, horizontally placed wooden poles placed outside the entrances of their homes. These wooden poles are called Jeong-nang and they are supported by two large vertical stone pillars which rest on either side of the home's entrance. The stone pillars support up to three horizontal Jeong-nang and the number of Jeong-nang hung at the entrance signified different meanings.
If one Jeong-nang is hung frome the door, it means that the residents of the home are away, but in a nearby area. If two are hung frome the door, it means that the residents are traveling far from home. If three are hung from the door, it means that the residents are traveling out of town and would not be returning home for a few days.
Hanging Jeong-nang was a way for the neighbors to communicate trust and information to each other, which was possible on Jeju Island because there are no beggars or thieves.
Erected 2011 by Jeju Special Self-Governing Province, Republic of Korea.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Anthropology & Archaeology • Arts, Letters, Music • Communications • Notable Places. A significant historical date for this entry is February 28, 2011.
Location. 38° 56.132′ N, 77° 5.341′ W. Marker is in Spring Valley in Washington, District of Columbia. Marker is on Nebraska Avenue Northwest south of New Mexico Avenue Northwest, on the right when traveling south. Marker is on the grounds of American University, northeast of Clark Hall. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 4400 Massachusetts Avenue Northwest, Washington DC 20016, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Birthplace of the Army Chemical Corps (within shouting distance of this marker); School of International Service (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Mary Eliza Graydon (about 500 feet away); Jeju Dolhareubang (about 500 feet away); Korean Cherry Trees (about 500 feet away); John Fletcher Hurst (about 600 feet away); U.S. Navy Bomb Disposal School (about 600 feet away); Battelle Memorial Building (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Spring Valley.
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— Submitted June 6, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.
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