Confucian Utopia, graces of Seonbi

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Confucian Utopia, graces of Seonbi

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Graces of old seonbi, as it is...

When taking about the beauty of wooden buildings in Korea, BSSW can't be missed. The characteristic of BSSW is the beauty of morality. The construction style of Seowon, which is closed from outside but opended inside, is achieved by BSSW: the values of the construction and beauty is uncountable. And, "Mandaeru" shows the characteristic very well.
The name of Mandaeru was named from a sentence in poem "Baekje-seongru" written by Dubo, a chinese poet: "Chuibyeong-ui-mandae Baekgokhue-simyu(Mountains and rivers seen like Byeongpung(a traditional partition) are good to see at the sunset, valleys with white stones are good to enjoy ourselves)". The name is well-matched with Byeong-san(a mountain).

Mandaeru

Mandaeru, a big building with the sizes of 7Kan in the front and 2Kan in the side, is a very great building, enough to cover the front side of Seowon. With the touches of the graces of Seonbi(common scholars), Mandaeru plays a role of a bridge between the nature and human-made Seowon.

Please step up on the floor and enjoy the vista with Byeong-san and the river. As it says, Byeongpung(a traditional partition) with a natural vista is seen. If turning, you will see a picture of the nature as it is, the main hall Ipgyodang in the nature.

The greatest vista can be seen on the floor of Ipgyodang. If seeing it, Mandaeru divides the vista of the nature horizontally and vertically. Between the roof and floor of Mandaeru, only Nakdong-gang(a river) is seen. Byeong-san(a mountain) is seen over the roof, and gates are seen under the floor.

From very delicate and precise design, the movements of people, the flow of a river, and the scenery of a mountain are well-divided and the emptiness of Mandaeru is filled with relations of the nature and its order. These make a vista without covering the beauty of the nature and by holding someone's eye in the vista.

We should be lost in admiration for Ubok Jeong Gyeongse(1563~1633), who built BSSW for his master.