Korean Traditional Colors🎨
: Guam-seowon Confucian Academy from Joseon Dynasty
If you want to explore the Korean traditional colors in modern Daegu city then Guam-seowon traditional culture academy offers you a place. It is located at Mt. Yeonguisan - what is now Jeil Girls' Middle School. It was the research area in the year 1665 during the 6th year of King Hyunjong. It was built in the honor of a great scholar Seochim
It is also referred to as Confucian academy where people can experience traditional accommodation (Hanok), traditional Korean costumes (Hanbok), traditional village school experience and learning traditional manners, tea ceremony, archery, traditional wedding ceremony, etc. In 1718 during the 44th year of King Sukjong, the building was moved to the downtown Daegu.
Later, due to the city expansion the academy was relocated to its current location, i.e., Yeonam Park, Sangyeok-dong, Buk gu area, in 1995 It has a beautiful Daegu city view.
If you stay overnight you can enjoy the beautiful night view of Daegu city.
To provide a traditional experience, it offers five rooms named Sugangdang, Chinmokdang, Bokyeondang, Aesimdang, and Hanbyeoldang. The rooms vary in sizes and can accommodate 2-5 people each with collectively accommodating more than 20 people at a time.
The rooms are a traditional wooden structure with all the facilities including, air-conditioners, heating, blankets, pillows, hair dryers, and toiletries. The smoking is not allowed inside the rooms due to wooden construction. Overall the rooms are very clean and comfortable with all the modern facilities.
We also experienced a traditional wedding. It is full of colors and Confucian values. Everything placed on the table and around it has a sacred meaning. The geese are placed on the table also called Kireogi which symbolized the love of husband and wife. The helpers of the bride and groom also prepared rice wine and side dishes.
Both the bride and groom have two people helping them. The bride stands on the west side of the room and groom stand on the east and face each other across the table.
The helpers washed the bride and groom hands to symbolize that they are clean for the ceremony. Then helpers spread the mat for them to sit. The bride bows twice to the groom and groom bows once. It symbolizes the commitment and promise for the marriage. Later the helpers prepare the drink for bride and groom and next they exchange the drink with each other. Overall it is a wonderful cultural experience at Guam Seowon
Aside from traditional wedding, this place also offers traditional school experience. You can wear Hanbok and learn how to make Korean traditional silk hard cover notebook. Also called 훈민정음 (Hunminjeongum) in Korean language. The 훈민정음 is a document describing the native script of the Korean language. It’s an amazing experience to learn the foundation of Korean language.
l Address: 20 Yeonamgongwon-ro 17-gil, Sangyeok 1(il)-dong, Buk-gu, Daegu
l Type: Historical sites
l Open Hours: 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
l Parking Facilities: The cars can be parked near the building.
l Phone: 053-665-2172