Photos of Gangneung, Gangwon Province, Korea

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Gangneung, Gangwon Province

Gangneung is a city of around 230,000 inhabitants in Gangwon-do (Gangwon Province), on the east coast of South Korea. It has popular Gyeongpo Beach, many fish restaurants and, just inland from there, Gyeonpoho (Gyeongpo Lake). Unique is Gangneung's Chamsori Gramophone Museum and Edison Science Museum, both founded by the collector Son Seongmok; it is the largest gramophone museum in the world.

Namdae Stream
 
Changpo bridge
 
Across Gyeongpo Lake
 
Demonstrating music boxes
 
Various Edison phonographs
 
Edison Kinetoscope
 
Park Sin and Hong Jang
 
Sweethearting Hong Jang
 
Election poster
 
Shopfronts and motels
 
Gyeongpo Beach
 
Fish restaurants
 
View from Gangmungyo
 
Jagyungmun gate
 
Munseongsa shrine
 
Ojukheon and Yulgokmae
 
Sarang-Chae guesthouse
 
Family life display
 
Statue of Sin Saimdang
 
Statue of Yulgok Yi Yi
 
Hwallejeong pavilion
 
Thatched roof houses
 
Yeolhwadang and Jungsarang
 
Dongbyeoldang
 

Ojukheon is an important residence complex, preserved the way it was during the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910); this residence, one of the oldest preserved houses in Korea, is the birthplace of the Confucian scholar Yulgok Yi Yi, who lived from 1536 to 1584. He is honoured here with his statue, as is Shin Saimdang, his mother, who was an artist, writer, calligraphist, noted poet, and is considered a model of Confucian ideals.

Nearby is Gangneung Seongyojang House, a typical yangban (aristocrat) estate from the Joseon Dynasty era, built in 1703 and still occupied by the descendant of the founder. There are many splendidly preserved buildings, some built to receive guests and Hwallejeong, a water pavilion, a perfect example of how the residence of the upper-class nobility was laid out.