Architecture in modern Asia; Proceeding of 2002 Seoul International
Conference on East Asian Architectural History, Oct. 2002)
study examines the water system of a Korean clan village from an
environmental and spatial perspective. In the course of this study, it has
been found that traditional water systems affect the spatial organization
of the clan villages and help to mitigate negative environmental impact.
Therefore, the water system may be regarded as an indispensable element to
the study of the settlement type.
this study, the territorial organization and circulation systems of Korean
clan villages are described with reference to their water systems.
Consequently, it has been observed that the pond, which is generally found
in the front section of the clan village, functions as a central element
in the village, and that the main waterway shapes the boundary of the
housing area in the village.
this study has proven, through experimentation, the environmental
performance of the two key water spaces of the Korean clan village; the
pond and waterway. Both have been found to be highly effective at
naturally purifying sewage. Through this study, it is clarified that the
Korean clan village has a natural purification system consisting of pond(s)
Keywords: clan village; traditional settlement; water system; pond; waterway; natural