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These houses are the cream of the crop of traditional Korean architecture, built with both form and function in mind. Influenced by Confucian ideas, the house is planned with the residentsúV gender, age, and standing in mind. Male adults slept and ate in the úVsarangchae', while women and children dwelled in the 'anchae', which was sometimes used for married couples as well. The servant's quarters were the 'haengnang', and the ancestors were honored in the 'sadang'. The wide porch was called the 'daecheong'. Care was taken to place the 'anchae' in the inner regions of the house to restrict women from going in and out freely. In the case of male children, they lived in the 'anchae' until reaching the age of 7, after which they were moved to the 'sarangchae'. Female children remained in the 'anchae'. Upper classes residences had tiled roofs, and were often referred to as 'giwajib' because of it.

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  • Written Mar 28, 2006
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