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      Gyeongsan Sajikdan

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      Gyeongsan Sajikdan

      A Sajikdan is a place to perform the religious service ‘Sajikje’, which is to pray for tranquility and a good harvest for the country and the people to ‘Sa’ the god of the land and ‘Jik’ the god of grain.
      Generally, a Sajikdan is located in the western part of the capital town and local offices.
      In a capital town, the king performed the service, and in other regions, the magistrates performed it. In addition to regular services, services to pray for rain or a good harvest were performed when necessary. As for the documental record about the Sajikdan in Gyeongsan, <Gyeongsan-hyeon-eupji> published in 1871 (the 8th year of the King Gojong) says “it is located 7-ri away from the west of Gyeongsan-hyeon.” Also, it was marked on the western part of Eupchi in an old map of Gyeongsan. In the course of excavating the old tombs at Nobyeon-dong in 1999, the site of Sajikdan was found.
      This Sajikdan was constructed on the storey-type basement after destructing the old tombs in the age of the Three States, which had been distributed at the top of the hill. The fence was established on the basement and the seat of religious service was installed inside the fence. Unlike the Sajikdan of the capital, there was only one in every region. The seat of the religious services were square-shaped with 5m at one side, and it had stairs to the north. The fence around the seat is 15m (North-South) and 11m(West and East). At the center of the fence, there still remains Jeokshimseok, at which the exit of Sajikdan was built.
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