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Cultural Heritage
  • National Cultural Properties
    Yeonghuiwon (also called “Aegineung”), the tomb of Mrs. Gang, the wife of Prince Sohyeonseja who was the eldest son of King Injo, the 16th King in the Joseon Dynasty and known as ‘the unfortunate prince’, was designated as Historic Site No. 357. The Portrait of Yi Wonik housed in the Chunghyeon Museum was designated as Treasure No. 1435 in 2005. Mr. Yi Chunmok, who has been actively undertaking performances as a holder of “Seodosori” (folk songs of northwest Korea), which was designated as Important Intangible Cultural Property No. 29 in Nov. 2001, has secured the opportunity to preserve the traditional arts.
  • Provincial Cultural Properties
    The Portrait of Yi Wonik was first designated as Provincial Tangible Cultural Properties No. 80 in 1978. Thirteen items have been designated as Provincial Cultural Properties as of Dec. 2009. Most relics are related to Ori Yi Wonik, a great man of Gwangmyeong as an illustrious retainer, and a straight-dealing government employee in the middle of the Joseon Dynasty. The Jiseokmyo (dolmen) in Gahak-dong, an artifact of the Bronze Age approximately 2,000 years old, and Gwangmyeong Farmers’ Music are designated and maintained as Cultural Properties.
  • Local Cultural Properties
    Gwangmyeong has set in place a local cultural properties designation system to preserve a variety of traditional cultural properties in the region: Jiseokmyo (dolmen No. 1) in Cheolsan-dong from the Bronze Age, Master Jeong Wonyong’s tomb (No. 2), an illustrious retainer of the late Joseon Dynasty, the tomb (No. 4) of General Yi Sunshin, Muuigong, promoted to the 3rd level of meritorious retainer through distinguished military service during the Japanese Invasion of 1592, Yeongmojae, the shrine for Bunseonggun Kim Eungsu, who guarded King Seonjo who took refuge during the Japanese Invasion of 1592, 15 Gyojis (No. 5), royal edicts kept in the head family in Dongchanggol, Noonsa-dong, Abang-ri farmers music (No. 6), the laboring songs of farmers inherited in Abang-ri, Noonsa-dong, and the portrait of Master Seol Gyejo kept by the Sunchang Seol Clan in Gagol, Gahak-dong.