Friday, January 14, 2011
The gate tower(Mangmiru) of the Dongnae Magistrate's office during the Joseon period
This was the gate tower of the Dongnae Magistrate's office during the Joseon period(1392-1910). It was built in 1742, the 18th year of the reign of King Yeongjo(1724-76), by Gim Seok Il who was Magistrate. They say that a new Dongnae Magistrate came from Hanyang and called this building Mangmiru, in order to ease longing for king. It is said that the Independence Movement on March 1 1919 started in this place.
A signboard reading "Dongnaedohobu" was hung up on the front side of tower and "Mangmiru" was also hung up on the rear one of that. After 1895, when Dongnae was upgraded to an administrative unit, it was called Pojeongsa. Originally there was a large drum in the gate tower which was beaten at noon and at the opening and closing times of the four gates of the Dongnae wall fortress. The tower was removed from its original location to its present one when the Japanese re-zoned the city.
It is an L-shaped building with three rooms in the front part and two rooms in the rear. It is supported by large cornerstones. It was built in the iikgong style. It has a paljak roof(a type of a roof) and double eaves with rafters. This is a typical gate tower of government office buildings in the late of Joseon period.
Cultural property : Busan Tangible Cultural Property No.4
Designated on June 26, 1972
Location : San 25-4, Oncheon-dong, Dongnae-gu, Busan