Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Gyeongpodae Pavilion Architecture

One thing that always fascinated me (or more like what I love about kinda thingy) is the (colourful) Korea architecture. It got me wondering so I did a little bit of googling on Gyeongpodae Pavilion in specific (I mean, I would have gone to Korea and ask around but yah… let’s blame it on the pandemic gitew).

Gyeongpodae Pavilion has been designated as Regional Cultural Asset. Located on a small hill north of Gyeongpo Lake, Gwangdong (northeastern coast). At this scenic site is where this famous pavilion was moved in 1508 from its previous location, built in 1326 this beautiful architecture has five pillars in the front and on its side,with Korean distinctive gabled roof. Its architectural feature is the “paljak” roof that is commonly used in Korean large and tall pavilion. What makes it even more interesting is the 28 pillars surrounding the pavilion and that 5 columns at both front and sides, 48 columns in total with different floor heights. Amazingly the roof is shaped like the Chinese character "" from the side.

Park Sukjeong was the first person that built the pavilion who is also the governor of Gangwon-do, at the site of Inwolsa temple from the Three Kingdoms period (57 B.C.-A.D. 668). Later it was moved and rebuilt by Han Geup in 1508; the mayor of Gangneung of which was reconstructed and repaired many many many a times. The beauty of this pavilion is the scenic mountain view, lake and sea.

I found out that there are 12 pavilions in the Geyongpodae area, namely Geumnanjeong, Gyeonghojeong, Banghaejeong, Haeunjeong, and many more. And that the best time to visit is between March and October.

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