Saturday, November 10, 2012

Ten Longevity Chimney

Located on a wall surrounding the rear garden by the Queen Dowager Jo's residence of the Gyeongbokgung Palace is what is known as the Ten Longevity Chimney. It contains ten smoke vents that are connected to each room of the queen's residence, providing the heated floor system known as Ondol. The front of the chimney contains ten longevity symbols, each bestowing wishes for the health and happiness of the queen. Labeled as a historical treasure, it is seen as the finest of all chimneys built during the Joseon period.

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