Posted by: rbbadger | September 7, 2009

Pungnammun

It is perhaps fitting to begin any survey of Jeonju’s historical sites with the sole, surviving city gate.  Jeonju was, like most Korean cities, a walled city.  In Seoul, the gates, with the exception of Namdaemun which was destroyed by an arsonist in 2006, are still standing.  The walls, however, have long since disappeared.

Pungnammun (豊南門) is the sole, suriving gate to Jeonju.  There are some remnants of the city walls, but beyond that, not much has survived.

풍남문

While you cannot climb up on the gate itself, you can walk in through the lower entrance.  If you look up, you will see a painting of a couple of pheasants on the ceiling.

Pungnammun Ceiling

Here is pretty much all that survives of Jeonju’s city walls.

City walls

Here’s looking out at modern Jeonju.

Old and New Jeonju

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Responses

  1. glad you had a nice weekend. 🙂
    It’s funny how even though that gate is pretty plain on the outside it’s still awesome.

    • Well, Christine, yes it might look a bit plain. A lot of the dancheong decorations are faded. As you saw on the Forbidden City photos and the Korean palace photos, the area under the eaves is often heavily decorated. These paintings are difficult and costly to maintain. This gate is actually pretty elaborately decorated. It has just faded with time.


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