Wood Figures Cjangsung
Just a few decades ago, at the approach to any Korean village, there was that totem couple. Each traveller passing by having a special wish placed a stone at the feet of this couple hoping the wish to come true. Year by year the pile would grow, to evolve into a shrine of the simple people. The figures appear as pillars, the male 'guarding the world above' and the female 'guarding the world below'. They are also commonly thought of as the guardians of heaven and earth, providing happiness for the people.