The Geojunggi ,or traditional Korean crane, was invented by the scholar Jeong Yak-yong, using principles taken from a Chinese book. This pulley mechanism was used in the construction of Hwaseon Fortress in the 1790s.
The one in the photos stands in the grounds of Hwaseong Haenggung.
There is a long tradition of tightrope acrobatics in Korea. For centuries troupes of acrobats travelled around the countryside giving perfomances. A popular new Korean film, "Wangui Namja" or "The King's Man" has renewed interest in the art, as two tightrope acrobats are featured in this historical drama.
There are performances at the Korean Folk village daily at 11.40am and 3.40pm (3.10pm Nov-Feb)
See-sawing is a traditional game in Korea. but it's far more vigorous than the western version. Koreans don't sit on the see-saw; they jump up and down on it. There are several see-saws at the Korean Folk village for visitors to use, but there are also spectacular performances of see-saw acrobatics, where performers go hurtling high up into the sky, twirling ribbons, jumping through hoops and doing somersaults.
Performances at the Korean Folk Village start at 11.30am and 3.30pm daily (3pm Nov-Feb).
It will be good to find out beforehand the timing of cultural performances at Suwon's cultural village so that you will be able to experience the beautiful rituals, dances and other items on display when you are there.
When you are visiting the Hwaseong Fortress or cultural village, you will get to see some ancient monuments like this interesting ancient sun-dial. It is always good to have a local guide who will explain to you the significance of the monuments and history as well.
When you are at Suwon's cultural village, you can try wearing the colourful ancient costumes and have your photographs taken. It cost about US$3-4 and ladies can choose from a variety of colours of the Hanbok traditional costume.
Geojunggi is a constructional instrument used to heavy objects. In the late era of Joseon Dynastyin 1792, a Silhak scholar, Jeong Yak Yong made it using the principle of pullers and it was used to Suwon-Hwaseong Fortress. Jeong Yak Yong greatly reduced the construction time of Suwon-Hwaseong Fortress by using instruments like Geojunggi. This is stand in the exchibition hall at Independence Hall of Chunan-sl.