Feng Shui

Feng Shui was widely used to orient buildings - often spiritually significant structures such as tombs, but also dwellings and other structures - in an auspicious manner (wiki)

Connected Sites

Site Rationale Link
Ancient Kyoto the whole city originally planned under Chinese Feng Shui, one of the element of original plan that still remain is To-ji Temple
Ancient Nara the original city was planned under Chinese Feng Shui, two sites from the original directional plan that still remain are Heijokyo Palace and Todaiji Temple
Changdeokgung Palace Complex "The palace was built between Peak Maebong of Mt. Bugaksan in the back and Rivulte Geumcheon having flowing in the front influenced by the principle "baesanimsu" in Feng Shui theory. - wiki
Citadel of the Ho Dynasty laid out according to feng shui principles (AB ev)
Fujian Tulou
Hahoe and Yangdong "The two villages faithfully follow pungsu principle (traditional siting principle, feng shui in Chinese), in village construction. One sits along a river and one at the foot of mountains, thus demonstrating best examples of desirable clan village locations." - Nomination File
Hué The new capital was planned in accordance with ancient oriental philosophy in general and Vietnamese tradition in particular; it also respected the physical conditions of the site, especially the Perfume River and Ngu Binh Mountain (known as the Royal Screen).
Imperial Palace
Imperial Tombs
Kaesong "Construction on the palace began in 919, at the beginning of the Goryeo dynasty; it was built south of the Songak mountains for good feng shui." - wiki
Kaiping Diaolou
Melaka and George Town Georgetown, Malaysia - Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion
Nikko Nikko was chosen by Tokugawa himself as a final resting place. It wasn't that he had any particular liking for the place but in the Chinese tradition of feng shui, Nikko served as the perfect place for Tokugawa's spirit to act as a guardian spirit over the city of Edo and the Tokugawa Shogunate
Royal Joseon Tombs "The Joseon Royal Tombs reflect how pungsu (fengshui in Chinese), the principle of geomancy, was applied in their site selection. As a result, the Royal Tombs are discreetly scattered around the capital area." - Nomination File
Seowon, Neo-Confucian Academies
Site of Xanadu
Temple of Heaven The park contains three main groups of buildings, all constructed according to strict feng shui requirements: the Earthly Mount, the House of Heavenly Lord, and the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests (see link)
Xidi and Hongcun


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