6 thoughts on “Seongyojang

  1. Nice take on it, in the first shot. From this perspective it looks like organised chaos. This was one, high-class, family’s residence, correct? Interesting that they seem to have built it as a collection of individual buildings, rather than one large house (as the aristocracy would have done here in the UK). I wonder did it grow organically, as perhaps the family did, or was it conceived this way from the off.


    1. Thank you. This was an aristocratic family’s house. The family still lives there, but just in a small corner consisting of two or three buildings that are barred from the public. The dates on the buildings suggest that it grew as the family needed more space for family, servants, and so on. Traditional Korean buildings don’t have more than one floor, not that I’ve ever seen. And if they do then it’s an exception. Korean houses/buildings are measured in ‘kan’, which is the space between two pillars. About 1.8 metres. So a 2 kan house would be 1.8 x 3.6 metres. Seongyojang is partly famous because the buildings totalled 99 kan, which was the largest estate size allowed by law if you were not royalty. 178 metres squared. Is that a lot, I wonder? I wonder how a European country estate compares to that.


      1. 178m x 178m is pretty big in my book. No idea how that compares to Great British Country Estates but pretty favourably I would think. The main difference might be in the land surrounding the house – it’s not uncommon to have a few hundred or even a few thousand of acres in the bigger English & Scottish estates.


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