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He was suddenly missing during the Korean War and the Korean Government considered him to cross over into the North, banning all selling and even the academically studying of his work. Finally 30 years later, in 1988, the government lifted the banning and right after that those who loved Jeong Jiyong made the Jiyong Club. And the Jiyong¡¯s birthplace was restored to be publicly revealed.

Jeong Jiyong¡¯s birthplace was a thatch-roofed house. In rural villages, people used to make the roofs by plaiting rice straws. For thatch-roofed houses are great in insulation and warm keeping, many Korean farmers used to live in the house. Therefore, the thatch-roofed houses can be said to represent the traditional Korean architecture.
Looking at the house with fluent curves where Jiyong was born, we can get a hint how simple the lives were in the poor but peaceful rural area. The short twig gate made of Korean lespedeza and the mud wall also adds the beauty of traditional Korean thatch-roofed houses.

The restored house of Jeong is located at the opposite (northeast) side of the brook. Across the bridge over the brook, you will reach the monument inscribed with a poem of his representative work¡®Nostalgia¡¯ and the information board about Jeong¡¯s birthplace.
Here is the place where the genius poet was born and still there, the brook, described at his poem ¡®Nostalgia¡¯, murmurs along. Although the surrounding area has been changed a lot, the brook is still clean and pure as it was.
The doors of the house¡¯s rooms remain open all the times so that visitors can find out his father was an oriental medical doctor. Wherever you look around, there are his poems hung on the walls and you can relish his poems.
Traditionally, Koreans had a clear distinction between the sexes. And men could not enter certain places, especially the kitchen. Only women could take an active part in the kitchen and there they cooked and heated the entire house. Jiyong¡¯s house well shows what the structure of the traditional kitchen was. The kitchen has been reconstructed to show the part of kitchen used to keep fire wood and fire lighters. And you can also see the reconstructed eating table of the times and the cauldron that were used to prepare various foods, the fireplace under the cauldron and the cooking fireplace.

The small chimney near the house is the best example of the ancestors¡¯ wisdom. The chimney not only emitted smoke from the house but sterilized the house because the emitted smoke revolved around the house before disappeared into the air.
Looking at the side of the kitchen door, you will see stone and wooden mortars that were used to process grain and food, the edge where pestles were kept and a small cute sign board notifying here is the Jeong jiyong¡¯s birthplace. This copperplate board holds his figure and the birth date and year as well as the restore date.
There are two main rooms and a small room at the back of the house. The back room has its own exit room toward the back fence and a corridor of about 5m connecting the room with the main room. It is as narrow as to just allow a person to pass through. The corridor connection the two rooms has a closed type with doors at each end.

This corridor structure can be traced at the Inside and Outside Fence Structure. In ancient times, noblemen had both two walls in their houses by building the inside fence within the outer one. This place was to pay the respect for the ladies. But the corridor at Jeong Jiyong¡¯s house is presumed to be used as a division of the living areas of his father and wife and as an independent passage of his wife for reaching the kitchen and the well.