|The Traditional Home of Su Hyun Baek
is Historical Item No. 128 and was built as a hideout in the late Joseon
Dynasty (1870s) by Queen Myeongseong. This
old house is surrounded by Maebongjae and its ridges. There is a broad field in front of the house
and everything around it is surrounded by low hills. Mt.Dorap (Mt.Dorak) is overlooking it all in
the background. There is a narrow stream
by the entrance. Korean spindle trees
are planted along the stream to beautify the scenery. |
used to form a rectangle with all the buildings, but the guest house and
attached house no longer exist today.
Only the foundation stones tell us where the buildings used to
stand. The external part of the house
includes a front yard by the servant house as well as the front and back yards
by the main building. The kitchen area
consists of the L-shaped servant house and the L-shaped main building with an
building looks like a typical L-shaped house.
The kitchen and the main room are located in the longer wing while the
open living room and the second bedroom are part of the other wing. The additional wing is for storage. This composition of rooms is unique and is
rarely found in the homes for the novelty.
All beams have mid-way supports except for the ones
in the rear room. The kitchen, the main
room, and the open living room each take two units while all the other rooms only
take one. The servant house is very long
to protect the main building. From the
western end, the lower and upper gate houses, storage, main gate, and barn are
arranged. The two-unit kitchen, two-unit
lower room, storage, and two-unit storage are facing the north. Everything connects to the inner yard and the
front heater has a door that opens into the room.