Split Spirit of Place, Yanghwajin

Kwon, Yong Chan and Jeon, Bong Hee (2008) Split Spirit of Place, Yanghwajin. In: 16th ICOMOS General Assembly and International Symposium: ‘Finding the spirit of place – between the tangible and the intangible’, 29 sept – 4 oct 2008, Quebec, Canada. [Conference or Workshop Item]


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Abstract (in English)

In 1866, a massacre of Catholics happened at Yanghwajin which was a port and a military post. More than a hundred of Catholics were killed at the top of a hill that was later named ‘Jeoldusan’, which literally means ‘a decapitating hill’. Soon after, Jeoldusan became a holy site for Catholics and the name was substituted from ‘Yanghwajin’. A missionary cemetery was built in 1886 near Jeoldusan and a shrine and museum was built on Jeoldusan in 1967, which earned an architectural reputation. In the course of the rapid development of Seoul in 1970-80`s, Jeoldusan became an important traffic spot with expressways and subways. By reviewing documents and interviewing the visitors and passersby, it is revealed that there are big differences in recognition of this place among several groups of people. They showed a split understanding on the place according to their religions and knowledge of the history of this place.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Kwon, Yong Chan
Jeon, Bong Hee
Languages: English
Keywords: historic place; spirit of place; cemetery; memorial; intangible heritage
Subjects: O. INTANGIBLE HERITAGE > 01. Generalities
Name of monument, town, site, museum: Yanghwajin, Republic of Korea
ICOMOS Special Collection: Scientific Symposium (ICOMOS General Assemblies)
ICOMOS Special Collection Volume: 2008, 16th
Depositing User: Jose Garcia
Date Deposited: 15 Sep 2010 08:42
Last Modified: 13 Jan 2011 19:12
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URI: https://openarchive.icomos.org/id/eprint/132

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