This Guest case study was submitted for publication 8/15/13.
It is copyright to Young Min Park, PMP MSPM, 2013.
Published here February 2014

Editor's Note | Abstract | Introduction | Project Background | Project Deliverables
Main Structures | Command and Sentry Posts | Bongdon (Beacon Deck)
Project Documentation | Summary Contents of Chapters | PART 2

Bongdon (Beacon Deck)

The beacon deck in Hwaseong is different from any other structures seen in this Korean fortress. This brick tower, conceived as an integral part of the fortified architecture, is a stunning piece of work showing a high degree of aesthetic reinforcement. Guards were posted to patrol the surrounding area. Signals were sent using smoke during daytime, and fire during nighttime. It communicated with other beacon towers of the rest of the region.

There are five beacon towers installed that would be lit differently under different situations as below:

  • In normal times, one tower lit
  • If the enemy approaches the border or coast, two towers lit
  • If the enemy reaches the border or coast, three towers lit
  • If the enemy crosses the border or coast, four towers lit
  • If fighting is taken place within the country, all five towers lit
Figure 18: Bongdon
Figure 18: Bongdon
Command and Sentry Posts  Command and Sentry Posts

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