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Gwangamdang, Ori's House
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

The meaning of the tablet hung on this house conveys King Injo's will to have the servants and people to 'observe and appreciate' Yi Wonik's upright and simple attitude for life. When and who wrote this tablet is not known. Regarding the details of the construction of this house, we need to examine the book called "Sajesisanggyo" written by Yi Manseong in 1694. The content is as follows: During the first month of 1630, Injo sent Kang Hongjung, to greet Wonik Lee. Accordingly, Kang reported that 'the knees were barely able to be set in Yi Wonik's small, two-room, straw-roofed, humble house. Since it was low and narrow, the house couldn't maintain its completed shape, only in time to collapse, making it impossible to stand against any rain or wind.' Hearing this, Injo said, 'Even when he had worked as a prime minister for 40 years, and even when his house cannot stand against any rain or wind, he remained upright, innocent, and content with his poverty. And this kind of person cannot be found in the past or in the present. His merit and virtuous conduct are not the only reason that I have respected and adored him all my life. His uprightness and simplicity are features which all government officials should learn, and having him as one's government official to take care of the people, one wouldn't need to worry about one's people." Thus, King Injo ordered to build a house for him. Yi Wonik lived in the house for four years and then died.

History of the Object
Gwangamdang is a house built for Yi Wonik by King Injo in 1630 (Injo 8). Injo had the governor of Gyeonggi province build it. It is believed that It was destroyed by fire during the Manchu War of 1636, but was restored in 1694, on the 60th anniversary of Yi Wonik's death. It is reported that it subsequently collapsed at an unknown time and was built again by the 10th grandson, Yi Yeoncheol in 1916. It is designated as cultural asset number 90 of Gyeonggido.

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Type
Architecture 
Materials
Wood and Masonry Structure 
Measurements
53.98 ㎡ 
Creator name
Unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
Gwangmyeong, Gyeonggi-do province, Korea 
Geography
Korea 
Time period
AD 17th century ~ AD 17th century 
Creation date
17th Century; 1631; Joseon Period 
Function
House  
Acquisition
Inheritance  
Copyright
Chunghyeon Museum  
Acknowledgements
Chunghyeon Museum  
Owner
Chunghyeon Museum  
Museum
Chunghyeon Museum 
Credit line
Chunghyeon Museum  

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