Have you ever wondered why most of the Korean old buildings had a slight upward curve on its roof?

While many said the corners are directed upwards into the sky to avoid any bad luck into the built form, turns out the roof are fairly wider than other parts to keep rainwater falls away from the house. They bend upwards so that the building can get more sunlight during the daytime. And when it’s summer, this kind of roof will shield the house as they provide a large amount of shade, making the building much cooler in summer.

This is Why Most Korean Building Had an Upward Curve on Their Roof
A slight upward curve on Korean old building

There’s also a religious superstition which believes that the devil cannot walk over a curved surface. Thus, in order to ward off the devil, they put the upward curve in their roof.

When I went to Korea in 2017, my tour guide once said that Korean architecture was strongly influenced by Japanese and Chinese architecture. Looking back at it now, I (kind of) understand why Korean has an upward curve aside from its technical function. The bent roofs are a common feature of the ancient Chinese architecture, so that’s why.

Pretty interesting, huh? Architecture and its story never fail to impress me.

See you on the next archifunfact post lol




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