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Jinnamgwan Hall (Korean: 진남관) is a historical building in the South Korean city Yeosu. The wooden structure consists of a roof, that is supported by 68 columns.[1] It is decorated with carved lotus buds, dragon heads, and Dancheong paintwork.[1][3] Jinnamgwan Hall is 75 m (246 ft) long and 14 m (46 ft) tall.[1]

Jinnamgwan Hall
The Jinnamgwan Hall
Jinnamgwan Hall is located in South Korea
Jinnamgwan Hall
Location within South Korea
General information
LocationYeosu, South Jeolla Province, South Korea
CountrySouth Korea
Coordinates34°44′31″N 127°44′12″E / 34.74194°N 127.73667°E / 34.74194; 127.73667Coordinates: 34°44′31″N 127°44′12″E / 34.74194°N 127.73667°E / 34.74194; 127.73667
Height14 m (46 ft)
Other dimensions75 m (246 ft) long
Technical details
Floor count1
Floor area800 m2 (8,600 sq ft)

The original building, commissioned by Naval Commander Yi Si-eon, was completed in 1599 during the Joseon dynasty.[2] It stood on the former site of Jinhaeru, the naval base of Jeolla Province. That naval base was the headquarters of Admiral Yi Sun-sin during the Japanese invasion of Korea in 1592 and burned down in 1597.[2] Jinnamgwan Hall was used as a guest house for government officials.[1]

A fire destroyed the building in 1716, but it was rebuilt two years later by Admiral Yi Je-myeon. Jinnamgwan Hall was converted into an elementary school in 1911 during the Japanese rule over Korea, damaging the original structure.[4] It was designated as a National Treasure (no. 304) on April 17, 2001.[1] Jinnamgwan Hall underwent a restoration starting in 2015.[5]


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Heritage Search". Cultural Heritage Administration. Retrieved 3 April 2019.
  2. ^ a b c "Jinnamgwan Hall (여수 진남관)". Korea Tourism Organization. Retrieved 3 April 2019.
  3. ^ "Jinnamgwan". Yeosu City. Retrieved 3 April 2019.
  4. ^ Picture of sign at Jinnamgwan Hall on KakaoMap. Retrieved 3 April 2019.
  5. ^ Lonely Planet Korea (10 ed.). Lonely Planet. 2016. Retrieved 3 April 2019.