August 03, 2021
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Jewol Pavilion

Date: 19/06/2021 | Source: Uriminzokkiri (En) | Read original version at source

Jewol Pavilion is situated at the foot of Tonghung Hill, Hamhung, South Hamgyong Province. Originally, it was an attachment to the Hamhung Confucian School set up during the feudal Joson dynasty (1392-1910). The school consisted of a number of buildings at the time of its establishment, but all of them but the above mentioned pavilion were reduced to debris during the Korean war (June 1950-July 1953).

Jewol Pavilion was first erected after the Imjin Patriotic War (1592-1598). Later in 1832 it was rebuilt at the present place some way down from the original site.

The pavilion is a double-caves gable-roofed house which is 10.3m wide and 5.6m long. It stands on a floor which is 2.5m high above the ground. The cornerstones lie on a granite foundation, supporting the pot-bellied pillars which stand erect piercing through the base floor. There is a balustrade around the upper floor outside the pillars.

The upper part of the middle beam in the ceiling is painted after a lotus pattern with the remaining part left bare, so that the ceiling looks gorgeous and spacious. This style of ceiling making is rare to be seen in other double-floor pavilions in the country.

Jewol Pavilion remains a valuable thing indicative of the structure and features of the pavilion architecture in the closing years of the feudal Joson dynasty.

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