Spring Valley in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
While wooden carved statues called Jang-seung traditionally stood on the Korean mainland, stone-carved statues called Dolhareubang stood on the volcanic island of Jeju.
Historically, Dolhareubang were erected at the entrances of the areas most characteristic of Jeju Island: Jeju-seong, Jeongeui-hyn-seong, and Daejeong-hyun-seong. They were meant to protect these public spaces and the surrounding villages like a guardian deity.
The Dolhareubang wards off danger and harm while exhibiting the humorous and smiling appearance of a friendly neighborhood grandfather.
Erected 2011 by Jeju Special Self-Governing Province, Republic of Korea.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Notable Places.
Location. 38° 56.192′ N, 77° 5.267′ W. Marker is in Spring Valley in Washington, District of Columbia. Marker is on Nebraska Avenue Northwest north of New Mexico Avenue Northwest, on the right when traveling south. On the grounds of American University and can be seen from 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. Korean Cherry Trees (here, next to this marker); School of International Service (within shouting distance of this marker); John Fletcher Hurst (within shouting distance of this marker); U.S. Navy Bomb Disposal School (within shouting distance of this marker); Battelle Memorial Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Mary Eliza Graydon (within shouting distance of this marker); September 11 Memorial (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Birthplace of the Army Chemical Corps (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Spring Valley.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2019. It was originally submitted on May 27, 2018, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 88 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on May 27, 2018, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.