[Goseong] Lee Gibung Villa
- Address280, Hwajinpo-gil, Geojin-eup, Goseong-gun, Gangwon-do
- InformationOffice: (033)680-3469
- Hours of use• March-October: 09:00-17:20
• November-February: 09:00-16:50
- HolidaysOpen all year around
- PublishedDecember 1, 2014
- RevisedDecember 5, 2016
Lee Gibung Villa, where lovely stonewalls and ivy vines make a remarkable scene
A small single-floor villa is taking place between the Lee Seungman Villa and Hwajinpo Castle (Kim Ilseong Villa). It has ivy vines, going up the walls, which are simple yet genial. The “Lee Gibung Villa” was used by Maria Park, the wife of Lee Gibung, as her own lodge. The building was constructed by foreign missionaries in the 1920s. It has been used as a retreat house of a North Korean communist official after the liberation. After the armistice, the villa was occupied by Maria Park when Lee Gibung was the vice president. From July of 1999, when it was obtained as a museum, it is still open to the public until now. It is said that Maria Park raised Daejin Church in Geojin-eup of Goseong-gun and used to visit this villa often. Like the external look, its appearance inside the villa is simple too. Inside, where there is office and drawing room, the kettle, candlestick and drawers were brought from the archive.
Facilities for the disabled
Wheelchair-accessible restroom (through Kim Ilseong Villa), wheelchair rental service, private parking lot
There is no public transportation going to the Hwajinpo History & Security Center. Walking from the bus station to the Security Center takes about 20 minutes (1.7km).
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