Byeongsan Seowon

Confucian Site in Hahoe Folk Village

This Confucian seowon (서원; academy) from 1572 is set in leafy surrounds arranged with a typical sense of Confucian balance, with the main hall and flanking side-halls a definitive nod to good pungsu-jiri (feng shui) in their location facing the river and backing onto hills, maximising the concentration of gi (기), more familiar in the West as the immediately related Chinese word 'qi' or 'chi'.