When fall comes, the whole campus is covered with colorful fall foliage. If you go to the folk village on the campus, you can feel especially warm in fall as the colors mix with the comforting feeling of the han-ok. Let me introduce the Yeungnam University folk village, where we can take a walk in the cool wind after lectures, after work, or on weekends.
The Yeungnam University Folk Village was built in 1975 on a site of 20,000 m2 on campus. It is the first Asian and the largest outdoor museum among Korean universities. There are various han-oks here, including Gugye Seowon and Euiin Jeongsa, showing off their own stories.
If we walk a little past the entrance, we’ll find a magpie’s hole. Based on the magpie’s hole, Gugye Seowon is on the right and Euiin Jeongsa temple on the left. Gugye Seowon is a Confucian academy dedicated to the great teacher of the late Goryeo Dynasty, Dr. Dynamic Uttak. It was originally located in Mijil-dong, Wolgok-myeon, Andong County, and was moved to its current location in 1975 when Andong Dam was built. As we can see in the picture, it gives us a sense of stability as a whole, and we can appreciate the graceful figure of the roof. Euiin Jeongsa was built in 1887 by Lee Joong-chul, a former progressive figure, and was moved to the YU campus in 1976. What’s unique is that there is a kitchen with ox carts. If you look at the wall outside the pavilion, the stone under the magnolia tree is neatly placed next to the wall. As we can see, it is recommended that we take a close look at the exterior and interior of Euiin Jeongsa temple, while enjoying the cool breeze. There are many things that will add to the charm of the han-ok.
A short walk past Gugye Seowon and Euiin Jeongsa temple leads to a folk play yard, where folk games, tools, and instruments were enjoyed by old ancestors. There is the Ssangsongjeong pavilion across from the folk play yard. Unlike other han-ok houses in the folk village, Ssangsongjeong has pine trees at the end of the front yard of the house, creating an antique atmosphere. Next to Ssangsongjeong pavilion, there is a pine tree forest, and it’s quiet and hidden.
There are many things to see if we look around slowly through the whole folk village. Having a lot of things to see means having more things to think about while seeing them, and having more ideas means that life can be enriched through speculation. Why don’t we stroll in the cool fall breeze, feeling the autumn atmosphere alone or with family and friends. We need time to stop and feel nature at YU.