Gokjeonjae House
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  • Address: 476, Omi-ri, Toji-myeon, Gurye-gun, Jeollanam-do
  • Tel: +82-19-625-8444
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  • Admission Fees: Free
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Gokjeonjae, situated in Omi-ri, Toji-myeon, Gurye, is a wooden structure of the late Joseon Period.

The town of Omi-ri has been known as one of the most auspicious places to live in Korea, and thus been called ‘Geumhwallakji’ among those familiar with feng shui. In about 1910, a rich man named Park Seung-rim from Hwangjeon-myeon, Seungju was looking for an auspicious spot for more than 10 years before finding Omi-ri and building his mansion there. After him, someone named Yi Gyo-sin purchased the mansion, and his family has been living there for five generations.

Originally, it was a traditional Korean house, with 6 buildings measuring 53 kan (the unit of distance between two columns), but the attached building on the east and another one in the middle were sold during the transaction. Yi Sun-baek, the current owner of the mansion, restored the east and middle buildings. He also built a pavilion and named it ‘Chunhaeru’. So today, the mansion includes 5 buildings, measuring 51 kan, and a pond called Seyeon. It was listed as a Folk Cultural Material by the Gurye-gun Office until 2003 when it was designated as designated as Gurye-gun Folk Cultural Heritage by the Cultural Heritage Management Committee.

Then what is 'Geumhwallakji’? The term literally means the place where a Taoist maiden dropped her gold ring while descending to the Heavens after taking a bath on the ground. Among feng shui experts, it’s regarded as one of the three types of the most auspicious sites, along with ‘Geumgwimolli’ (a site with a golden turtle buried under the mud) and ‘Obogyochwi’ (a site buried with five different types of jewelries including gold, silver, pearl, coral, and amber). In terms of feng shui shape, Omi-ri, Gurye, Jeollanam-do is at “the crotch of a woman if the Korean Peninsula resembles a woman about to sit on her knees”. In the past, it was customary for a woman to take off her ring only when she’s giving birth or making love. So in terms of feng shui, Omi-ri is where the woman places her gold ring to give birth, and this makes it the pivotal point of the Geumhwallakji.

More precisely, Unjoru and Gokjeonjae in Omi-ri are known as the most propitious sites of Geumhwallakji. The word ‘toji’ in ‘Toji-myeon’ originally meant “the gold ring off the finger". So the district was named according to feng shui principles.

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