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Songgongdan Altar

This was a memorial altar built in 1742 ( the 18th year of the reign of king Yeongjo) by Gim Seok Il, the Dongnae Magistrate, Originally it was built in Jeongwonnu, where the Magistrate Song Sang Hyeon died for his country during Japanese Invasion of Korea in 1592. It was set up to commemorate those who died for their country to defending the Dongnae fortress against the Japanese invaders. Before it was built, a memorial altar was built on Nongju mountain, which was the outer part of the southern gate of the Dongnae town fortress. In the altar were originally enshrined all those who died in battles in Busan and Dadaepo. as well as Song Sang Hyeon, the Yangsan Magistrate, Jo Yeong Gyu, a Confucian school teacher, No Gae Bang, and others killed in Dongnae.

This altar became part of Songgongdan in 1742. Songgongdan consisted of four altars, an eastern, western, southern and northern ones. In the northern altar were enshrined Song Sang Hyeon, Jo Yeong Gyu and No Gae Bang and in the eastern one, a Confucian Mun Deok Gyeom. .In the western one were enshrined Song Sang Hyeon's mistress, Geum Seom and in the southern one, Hyangri, Song Back. The government held a memorial service for them on April 15 of the lunar calendar each year. In 1760, Lee Jeong Heon and Jeong Bal were enshrined at Songgongdan by Magistrate, Hong Myeong Han. In 1766. Yun Heung Sin were enshrined. After then it wasn't held a memorial service for people who didn't die in Dongnae battle. Those who died in Dadaepo were moved into Yungongdan altar and those in Busan were moved into Jeonggongdan altar. Now it consists of two altars, the eastern and western one. In the western one, men who died defending the Dongnae town fortress, including Song Sang Hyeon are enshrined and in the eastern one, women, Geum Seom and two faithful women are enshrined.

Since the Japanese Occupation, a memorial rite and service have been held every year on April 15 of the lunar calendar and since 1970, it have been held on September 9 of the lunar year by the people of Dongnae.

  • Cultural property : Busan Tangible Cultural Property No.11
  • Designated on June 26, 1972
  • Location : 510-1, Suan-dong, Dongnae-gu, Busan

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