Gyeongsang Gamyeong Park

published by Devon Furbush

Hailed as the home of the first Daegu Tangible Cultural Asset and considered one of the most popular parks in the city, Gyeongsang Gamyeong Park is located right in the center of downtown between Dongseongr-ro and Bukseong-ro. This park used to be the old location of the Gyeongsang Provincial Government office which was built in 1601. At the time of the office’s establishment, Korea had already taken a few blows from Japanese invasions, so having Daegu the central of government activity was a strategic move.

This is Seonhwadang, Daegu Tangible Cultural Asset #1, which was used as the Governor’s office. There is also some dark history of this park. It was home to a prison where prisoners were sent for prosecution and given their sentences. Many were tortured and executed as well. 
Daegu Tangible Cultural Asset #2 is Jincheonggak. It was here where the residence hall for the governor was located. Sadly, both Seonhwadang and Jincheonggak were destroyed in several fires in 1607, 1730, and 1806, but King Soonjo had them both reconstructed in 1807. Then in 1970, they went through an extensive renovation period as the area became a public park. Both are evidence of what architecture looked like during the Joseon Dynasty.
Even though this looks like a normal park with some old buildings and statues, it is one of the most important pieces of history that shaped not only the city of Daegu but the entire Gyeongsang-do Province. Of course, some structures were inevitably destroyed or relocated like the huge pavilion called Gwanpungnu where the governor could go up to view the life of the townspeople from a high position. This was the main gate to the government offices. It was relocated to Dalseong Park in 1970 after being demolished due to weather erosion.

Address: 99 Gyeongsanggamnyeong-gil, Jung-gu, Daegu


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