Kyle Magnuson (United States of America):
Naganeup village has two defining characteristics. It is not a village of the aristocracy, but one of the common people, with thatched roofs and simple stone walls. The second important detail is the village is protected by a fortress that encloses the village built to protect the inhabitants from Japanese soldiers or pirates. People still live in the village, and some of the homes have been almost completely redone or refurbished, but numerous preserved homes remain. As well as some of the town government buildings. There is a pretty good chance this village will be inscribed because it is the only one if its kind left in Korea. A century ago there were a hundred such villages, but now there is only Naganeupseong. Strolling around the small alleyways within the village is a highlight, and to get a better sense of the layout of the town walk around relatively small fortress wall. If you enjoyed visiting the newly inscribed Hahoe or Yangdong villages, you would also enjoy a visit to Naganeupseong. (Which is very different to the already inscribed villages in Korea)
Date posted: June 2011
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