Jinjuseong Fortress Desciption
Originally named Geoyeolseong Fortress during the Three Kingdom Period, Jinjuseong Fortress is historically linked to the Japanese invasion in 1592. Later, the fortress was renamed as Chokseokseong Fortress in the Goryeo Dynasty. Finally, the name settled as Jinjuseong Fortress in the Joseon Dynasty. The reinforced stonewall has a circumference of approximately 1,760 meters. The stonewall is 5 to 8 meters in height and contains three wells and springs.
According to Ha Ryun’s Seongmungi in Donggukyeojiseungnam Record, the castle had been frequently destroyed by the Japanese invasion. Subsequently, it was reinforced by Jinju’s minister, Kim Jung-gwang during the fifth year of Goryeo Woo King’s reign (1379). During this period, the circumference was 800 bo.(pace) With Uijeongmun Gate to the east, Jijemun Gate to the north, and Yehwamun Gate to the south. Cheongcheon River flows outside the castle. Cin in the west, Namgang River in the south and a pond lies between the castle and the trench dug during the war times. It is a fortress safeguard from Japanese attacks and it blocked the Japanese from advancing toward Honam during the 25th year of Joseon Seonjo King’s reign (1592). Within the temple lies Chokseoknu, Kim Shi-min Memorial, Uigisa Shrine, Seojangdae, Bukjangdae, Changyeolsa shrine, Jinju National Museum, Hoguksa Temple, and an outdoor stage.
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March to October: 5:00am to 11:00pm (Free admission 6:00pm to 10:00pm)
November to February: 5:00am to 10:00pm (Free admission 6:00pm to 9:00pm)
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Adults: 2,000 won / Group: 1,400 won
Teens: 1,000 won / Group: 600 won
Children: 600 won / Group: 400 won
*Group: 30 or more people