Inphung Pavilion, situated along the cliffs overlooking the Jangja River in Kanggye City, Jagang Province, stands as a testament to Korea’s rich history. Originally constructed in 1472 during the feudal Joson dynasty, it served as a military commanding post within the Kanggye township walls, featuring a front yard utilized as a military training ground. The brave “Kanggye hunters” trained here, defending against foreign invaders.
The current pavilion, skillfully rebuilt in 1680, boasts a façade with five bays (18.75m) and three bays (8.9m) on the flank. Its strategic design includes four bays on the backside (east), offering convenience to soldiers during training and accessing the pavilion’s stairs.
Leveraging the natural slope, the pavilion incorporates two stories at the front and one at the back, supported by 24 pillars each approximately 1.18m long. The elegant curvature of its eaves and roofs, in harmony with the surrounding landscape, contributes to its cozy ambiance, accentuated by vibrant red pillars complementing the summer and autumn scenery.
Beyond its architectural allure, Inphung Pavilion stands as a symbol of the remarkable wisdom and artistic prowess of Korean ancestors. Revered as one of the eight scenic spots in the Kwanso area since ancient times, it remains a cherished historical relic of the Korean nation, now serving as a cultural retreat for the people.