'Biseok Maeul’ of houses on top of cemetery becomes Busan’s first registered cultural heritage

연합뉴스 / 2022-01-05 09:57:05
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▲ This photo, provided by Busan Seo-gu, shows the refugee museum of Busan Biseok Maeul. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)



BUSAN, Jan. 5 (Yonhap) -- Biseok Maeul(Tombstone Culture Village), located in Busan Seo-gu Ami-dong, where refugees built shacks on Japanese cemeteries during the Korean War, became Busan’s registered cultural heritage.

The residence of refugees in Biseok Maeul has been registered for Busan’s first registered cultural heritage after consideration of Busan Cultural Heritage Committee, according to Busan on Jan. 5. 

The residence of refugees in Biseok Maeul is a cultural heritage that includes land and facilities in two lots, such as Seo-gu Ami-dong 2-ga 229-2.

It is an old shack that refugees built on top of stonework of Japanese graveyard during the Korean War.

The graveyard, which was built in 1906, during the Japanese colonial era, had been abandoned after Japanese retreated with liberation for Koreans in 1945.

Busan is also promoting the UNESCO World Heritage registration of Biseok Maeul. 

Prior to this, Seo-gu remodeled the 9 houses at the entrance of Biseok Maeul into places, such as small market, barber shop, and sewing place, which show the lives of refugees and people in the industrial era, to create the refugee museum. 

In particular, they displayed the actual monument to emphasize the desperate situation of refugees, who had to build houses on Japanese cemeteries.


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