[EYE PLUS] A walk in the folk village of Oeam

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Photo by Park Hyun-koo

Oeam Village, designated Important Folk Cultural Heritage No. 236, is located on the southeastern slopes of Seolhwasan, about 8 kilometers south of the rural town of Asan in South Chungcheong Province.

Photo by Park Hyun-koo

Photo by Park Hyun-koo

The village was established when the Yean Yi clan settled during the reign of King Seonjo (1567-1608) of the Joseon era. There were many talented descendants of the clan and among them was Yi Gan, a great scholar of Confucianism whose pseudonym was Oeam, the origin of the name of the village.

Photo by Park Hyun-koo

Photo by Park Hyun-koo

Currently, about fifty households live there. Even though hundreds of years have passed, the village has retained its traditional appearance, attracting visitors from across the country.

Photo by Park Hyun-koo

Photo by Park Hyun-koo

The village consists of houses belonging to different social classes, from the nobility to the working class.

Photo by Park Hyun-koo

Photo by Park Hyun-koo

The most common style is a thatched house with stone walls. Daily tools and other folk objects are displayed to transport visitors to the past and to highlight the everyday life of ordinary people back then.

Photo by Park Hyun-koo

Photo by Park Hyun-koo

When it comes to luxury houses like Champandaek, Gamchaldaek and Pungdeokdaek, they were named after the official title or hometown of the owner.

Photo by Park Hyun-koo

Photo by Park Hyun-koo

Another attraction is the well-preserved 6,000 meter stone walls that surround the village. The alleys between the ramparts and the surrounding dense forest complete the charm of the village landscape.

Pictures of Park Hyun-koo
Written by Lee Ji-yoon

By Lee Ji-yoon (jylee@heraldcorp.com)

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