Ceremony for the Completion of Hamyang Hanok
In the summer of 2003, Arumjigi received the Jeongseon Jeon Chaemiheon family’s Hanok as a donation and began repair work in the fall. The operation was temporarily suspended in the spring of 2004 when a fire completely destroyed the inner quarters, but construction resumed in June of 2005 with a new aim of restoring the inner quarter’s original charm as much as possible while also striving for modern use as a basic principle. A roof-raising ceremony was held on July 23rd for the new inner quarters, and a ceremony for the completion of Hamyang Hanok was held on the anniversary of the founding of Arumjigi.
Opening Ceremony for the Hamyang Hanok Cultural Experience Hall
Arumjigi Hamyang Hanok had its formal opening on May 11th, 2006, after the completion of construction on November 16th, 2005, and subsequent completion of trial operations, landscaping, and the construction of a back gate. Individuals attending the opening ceremony included Hongjun Yu, Director of the Cultural Heritage Administration of Korea, Yook Chon, donator of the Hamyang Hanok, Yungyun S. Hong, Chairperson of Aumjigi Culture Keepers Foundation, Sanghae Lee, Member of the Board of Directors, members of Arumjigi Advisory Committee, as well as members of the Cultural Heritage Administration and the Gangjin-gu Administration. The Hamyang Hanok Experience Hall provides lodging experience, specially prepared breakfast and dinner cooked by a professional chef, and a guided tour of the Hamyang area, thereby serving as an exemplary model for utilizing the region’s old Hanoks.
2006 Arumjigi Traditional Culture Lecture
- Arumjigi Hamyang Hanok Experience Hall and the Hamyang Area’s Pavillions
and Old Houses
As part of its educational activities, Arumjigi prepares various yearly lectures in order to promote better understanding of cultural heritage and greater familiarity with traditional culture. The Traditional Culture Lectures of Arumjigi deal with various themes, not only on cultural heritage, but also on our everyday surroundings of food, clothing, and housing. Led by Professor Bongryol Kim from the Korean National University of Arts Department of Architecture, this year’s lecture surveyed the traditional architecture of Hamyang, a region known since old times for its strategic import as well as the concentration of aristocratic residents. The lecture examined major buildings of aristocratic families from the Chosun Dynasty’s Middle Period located in Hamyang, such as the Yeochang Go Traditional House, Samdul Heo House, as well as the Pavillions of Hwarim Vallay, Gaepyung Village, and the Namgae Classic School.
2008 Arumjigi Hanok Field Study
Arumjigi operated a second Hanok Field Study in the Hamyang area as part of its educational activities. This year’s Hanok Field Study took place over two days in the areas of Geochang, Sancheong, and Hamyang. Field visits to the Shindeungmyeon Dangae Village, Namsa Village, Geochang Hwansan Village, Jeongon Traditional House and other sites allowed practicing architects, students, and general participants to gain a better understanding of Korea’s traditional houses.
Hamyang Village Festival “Pictures of Lasting Memory”
In order to express our thanks and pledge continuing amity to the Hamyang village residents who supported Arumjigi Hamyang Hanok since its opening in 2005, Arumjigi held a festival under the theme of “Pictures of Lasting Memory,” providing free photography service for the village elders and residents. With the assistance of the Jeongseammul Makeup Team and Para Studio’s General Manager Seungmu Lee, elders were dressed up beautifully before taking their pictures shyly before the camera and sharing in this meaningful time. Yook Chon, donator of the Hamyang Hanok, Yungyun S. Hong, Chairperson of Aumjigi Culture Keepers Foundation, Advisor Minja Jeong, and Arumjigi employees gathered with one accord, sharing the delicious food spread over the inner courtyard and over the raised wooden floors while enjoying the warm-hearted and abundant occasion.
Bae Bien-U Hamyang Photo Exhibition
An exhibition in the fall of 2009 displayed 14 photographs of the landscape surrounding Hamyang Hanok taken by Korea’s foremost photographer Bae Bien-U. Photographs that capture the natural scenes of Gyeongsangnam-do Hamyang-gun Bongjeon-ri, Geochang-gun Suseungdae, Hamyang-gun Seosang-myeon, Arumjigi Hamyang Hanok and other locations are now arranged in the Hamyang Hanok’s inner room, master’s room, dining room and other places, providing guests with additional attractions. Bae Bien-U’s
Hamyang photographs are on permanent display in Arumjigi Hamyang Hanok.
* Bae Bien-U’s Hamyang photographs are also produced and sold as
Hamyang Hanok postcards.