Gijang Japanese Castle
History and museums
Waeseong in Jukseong-ri, Gijang (기장 죽성리 왜성; Gijang Jukseong-ri waseong) is located in Gijang-gun, Busan Metropolitan City, the Republic of Korea. This is a stone fortress built by the Japanese general, Kuroda Nagamasa who was defending this area against the Korean Joseon army, in about June, 1593, the second year of the Japanese Invasions.
This wall-fortress built on the stronghold in the rear coast of the village of Jukseong-ri, was 11,176 pyeongs (pyeong=unit of area in the Joseon period) in area, about 300 m in circumference, 4 m in height, and three-storied. It has been called the Gijang fortress in Japan. It was placed at the strategically important point linking together the Seosaengpo Waeseong fortress in Ulsan, the Hakseong fortress and the Busanjinjiseong Fortress. Originally, it was built with the stones which had once constituted the Dumoposeong fortress, so there still remain the footstones of it in a row around the villages in Dumopo.
Today, the surrounding areas of the fortress are used as farming fields, but the stone wall still remains maintaining its original state relatively well.