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A Study on the Architectual Characterisics of the Communal Ritual Space in the Hohoe Village

(Journal of the Architectural Institute of Korea, Vol.22 No.12, December 2006)


     The Communal ritual space is found at most of traditional villages in Korea. It is related with village space in terms of territoriality and ritual behavior. The objective of this study is to clarify the architectural characteristics of the ritual space, and the interrelation between ritual space and village space.
     The consequences of this study are as follows; Each of three domains in Hahoe village has its ritual space. The three ritual spaces are classified into two, differently in terms of different criteria, which is compatible with generally admitted
'dual structure (Upper Ritual House / Lower Ritual House)' of the ritual space. The orientations of Seonang-Dang and Guksa-Dang are decided by the ritual dedicatee. And the ritual space is located in consideration of the circulation and axis in village space. Samsin-Dang, the Lower Ritual House, is located at the center of housing site that is the topographically highest place, and it has influence on the layout of neighboring houses.