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Heritage Namhansanseong


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    731, Namhansanseong-ro, Gwangju-si, Gyeonggi-do

Hyeonjeolsa Temple: Where loyal subjects are honored
  • When the forces from the Sino-Manchu Qing dynasty besieged Namhansanseong where the Joseon king was taking refuge, officials were divided over whether to surrender to the foreign state or to keep fighting against them. Eventually, the king gave in to Qing, and the opposing three (Hong Ik-han, Yun Jib, O Dal-je), who refused to budge till the end, were taken to the neighboring country and executed. Hyeonjeolsa Temple is an altar to honor the spirit of the three subjects.

    The temple is open to the public on weekends in April through October, from 10 am to 16 pm, during which services are offered and etiquette training is held. Participants can have a hands-on opportunity to experience the atmosphere of valuing loyalty and Korean culture.

  • The etiquette trainees learn how to pay tribute properly. One of the manners include gongsubeop, the way of laying two hands together to bow, or to show respect to seniors. Men are to put the left hand on the right hand, whereas women are to do it vice versa. With the hands lightly placed on the belly button, one should bow slightly.

    Moreover, to climb the stairs on the temple, one should use the right foot first to put both feet together side by side. To descend, however, the left foot should move first before both feet meet. Gates in the temple consist of three sections, and passers should be on the right to enter and on the left to exit. The middle should be left empty as it is where the deity passes.