Thursday, November 16, 2017

[Korea’s Best Hanok Villages] Inheung Village in Daegu

Inheung Village in Fall
Hanok Village Remarkably Known for Harmony with Nature!

Moon is one of respected family names in Korea as numerous Moons have contributed to society as politicians and scholars. Many people visit Moon’s family village for this reason and also for its special vibe. The first Moon moved to Daegu 500 years ago and Moon family’s village, known as “Inheung Village” started to build in the late 1800s. For the next 100 years, the village had formed into a current state with 9 residential homes and 3 communal buildings. We are very excited to introduce you this beautiful hanok village for many reasons!

First, note pine trees.
You will get to see tall pine trees planted here and there. Since heavy wind comes into the area from Nakdong River, they wanted protection.

Second, look for a green dragon and white tiger.
What people love about exploring a Korean hanok village and palace is how much wisdom and thoughts were put into building one. Pungsu, the art of Korean geomancy, was an essential component that Korean people take into consideration when building or choosing a place. It was same for Inheung village. The first Moon who chose the place and planned the village thought about nature in the area. The left mountain, the green dragon, and the right mountain, the white tiger, together embrace the village so that good energy(gi ) would stay in the village.

Third, ask yourself why the village has straight streets and high walls.
If you have explored Korea’s traditional villages, you might wonder why this village has straight street and high walls unlike other villages. I am not going to reveal the secrets but you can come to your own answer if you read this article to the end ;)

Fourth, pay attention to 3 pagoda trees
Including a 300-year-old pagoda at the front of village, there are two more pagoda trees that adds to the village’s special vibe.

Next, make sure to visit Gwanggeodang 광거당
At the end of the village, there is a fine architecture called Gwanggeodang. Not only its beauty, its role in the past is something to note fore. As you can imagine, although Moon family’s village was not big, it had nurtured many talents. This is because even if they were not so prosperous economically, Moon’s community knew the importance of education and had a “system” to nurture the young. Gwanggeondang was an significant place to provide lodging for teachers from outside the community, classrooms and a library.

Image from late Sep

Finally, check the highest spot to overview Inheung village.
There is one spot where you can overview Inheung village. As you stroll along the walls of Gwanggeodang, you will be able to reach a bank between the wall and the rest of the village! I highly recommend you visit there right before sunset when bright sunshine just shines over one side of each hanok! If you make your visit in fall, you will love a unique autumn vibe you won't get to see anywhere else! 

─  Hours: 10:00 – 18:00
─  Address: 16, Inheung 3-gil, Hwawon-eup, Dalseong-gun, Daegu, South Korea

─  Address(KR): 대구광역시 달성군 화원읍 인흥3 16

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