Yuksinsa Shrine honors the six loyal ministers known as the ‘Sayuksin’ who were tortured and executed at the orders of King Sejo in 1456. These ministers were Park Paeng-neyon, Seong-Sam-mun, Yi Gae, Yu Seong-won, Ha Wi-ji, and Yu Eung-bu. Park Paeng-nyeon’s descendants (the Suncheon Park clan) would then establish the small village seen here today. When Myogol Village was established, Park Il-san was the main person in charge. He and the other family members built Yukshinsa Shrine, and every year there is a ceremony held to commemorate Park Paeng-nyeon. However, after another descendant named Park Gye-chang had a dream one night where members of Sayuksin held a gathering near the shrine to perform a ritual for Paeng-nyeon, ancestral rituals began honoring all six of them.
Myogol Village’s heyday was the period from the Joseon Dynasty (1392) until the end of the Korean Empire in the early 1900s. At that time, there were close to 300 homes. When the Korean peninsula claimed liberation from Japan in 1945, about 100 homes were remaining. Now it has been reduced to only about 30. My guess is most of the homes were destroyed during the Japanese colonization.
Up the road, you can see the entrance to the shrine called the ‘ouisammun.’
Upon entering, there is a small garden overlooked by a red gate (hongsalmun.) I’m not exactly sure what the red gate represents, but I’ve seen it often at other shrines and tombs.
This is one of the buildings where the descendants perform commemorative rites for their ancestors.
This picture from inside looks like a window for the garden, right?
Built in 1479 by Park Il-san (Paeng-nyeon’s grandson), the
Taego-jeong Pavilion gives us a look at one of the representative traditional
architectural structures of the Joseon Dynasty. The construction of this
pavilion came at the heels of Paeng-nyeon’s execution by King Sejo in 1456 when
he refused to recognize the succession of King Danjong (Sejo’s nephew and
predecessor). Of course, like countless other pavilions, the original one was
destroyed in the 1592 Japanese Invasion. The current one was reconstructed in
This is the rooftop of Soongjeoldang and some of the Myogol
And no shrine is complete without the turtle and dragon structure. I still don’t know the symbol behind this, but it looks cool.
These three stone slabs have been signed (?) by president Park Jeong-hee, president Choi Gyu-ha, and the Chairman of Congress Park Joon-gyu.
This is the main building where rituals are held. It is only
open on special days throughout the year when the descendants get together and
honor the six loyal ministers.
This building has no signs of anything indicating what it is, but I think it’s another ritual site.
At the foot of the village is the Sayuksin memorial hall. If you can understand Korean, this place is for you. If not…. then you can just cool down inside. Just don’t forget to take your shoes off when entering and turn the light off when exiting.
I would love to give more stories about the six loyal ministers and the massacre of the Suncheon Park clan by King Sejo, but the pamphlet had no English information whatsoever. Usually, these far-off places have brochures printed in English, but now and then I come to a place like this that doesn’t. I assume international tourists rarely frequent here, so the city probably doesn’t see the need to make foreign-language brochures. However, the guy working in the booth is proficient in English, so you can get a lot of information from him.