Seongyojang House/Ojukheon House

Seongyojang House/Ojukheon House

The aspects that define a culture as being completely unique from any other culture on the planet are things such as language, art, food and architecture and when you come to Korea it’s so important that you take time out to enjoy each of these. You especially need to enjoy and appreciate the ancient architecture that’s been developed in a culture that’s over 7,000 years.

Seongyojang is a great example of 18th century architecture and is recognised as one of the top 10 best preserved, original dwellings in Korea. It’s hard to imagine when they built the dwelling 300 years ago; they actually built it on the edge of a lake. With agriculture and declining rainfall, the lake shrunk and is now 4 kilometres away.

One important structure of this house is the Hwallaejeong, which was built in 1816 and is the first thing you’ll see upon entering the compound through the front gates. The lotus flower filled pond just in front of the structure creates a setting like the ones we might see in traditional Korean paintings. In traditional times lotus was both a sacred flower with a very important relation to Buddhism and also a food source and the root is used in many Korean dishes as a vegetable.

An even older property a few minutes drive through the countryside is Ojukheon House, where once Sinsaimdang lived and his son Yulgok was born. Yulgok was particularly important as both a scholar and politician in the Joseon Period in the early 1500’s.

Considered national treasures and maintained by descendants of the original residents today, these exceptionally beautiful examples of Korean architecture are a classic for the era.

Make sure you take time out during your trip to Korea to explore its fascinating and rich ancient history.

For more information, visit these sites:

The Seongyojang House website on: (Korean only)

The Korea Tourism Organization website on:

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