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Daemokjang; Traditional Wooden Architecture (Designated 2010)

Carpenters with skills in woodworking are called moksu, and among them, the few notable figures with especially advanced skills in the area are called ‘Daemokjang’. Traditionally in the Korean architecture fields, daemokjangs are thought to be master artisans and therefore were responsible for building the royal palaces, temples and other historically significant constructions, and repairing them when necessary. Their skills have remained highly appreciated throughout decades, as good skills allow for the wooden beams of traditional structures to be seamlessly connected, perfecting the designs of Korean architecture.

<Last updated on August 31, 2015> 

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