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Notes on the Geography of South Korea: Hanok: Photo 2

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The view north. Layouts had customarily conformed to Confucian dictates, with separate spaces not only for men, women, and servants, but also for ancestor worship. Not much is visible of the old pattern, but courtyard layouts are apparent.

The neighborhood's edges have stabilized since the 1980s, when government policy set out to save the remaining hanoks. In practice this at first meant such tight regulation that the buildings could hardly be maintained. Later, subsidies were increased and regulations relaxed, but this only drew in piles of investment money mocking the pitifully small subsidies on offer.

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