Sungjoo Faith

Nationally, it is difficult to find a local Byulshin gut easily, but in Andong area, Byungsanshin gut, Soodongbyulshin gut, Maryeongbyeolshin gut as well as Hahwebyeolshin gut have been handed down from the Goryeo Age, all of which are designated as national treasures or intangible cultural properties. Especially, Hahwe mask dance and Byungsan mask dance have been fully confirmed to be handed down with distinct cultural masks.
Therefore, it is easily presumed that in the area of Andong where the gut culture of community unit, such as Village gut, Byulshin gut and Town gut, was prevalent, Sungjoo gut which is a domestic gut seems to have accelerated its culture, which particularly made Sungjoo faith much stronger.
In other words, the construction skills in Andong were developed in advance, compared to other areas, among which its wooden construction technique was especially advanced.
In addition to building a house itself, various relevant ceremonies were created, which makes it possible to infer that during the process, the suggestion that people believe in Sungjoo god started to get accepted.
In fact, Andong has the oldest wooden structure, Bonjeongsa Geunakjeon, in Korea, and there are so many great wooden cultural properties in Andong that it is called the number one place for architecture students to visit as well as the museum of Korean architecture history.
As the construction culture was highly advanced along with the Gut culture, the Sungjoo faith was remarkably developed in which a special pine tree, deserving the recognition as Sungjoomok, was appointed to worship. At last, mainly with the special pine tree appointed Sungjoomok among pine tress in Andong Jebeewon, it is possible enough to presume that the Sungjoo belief as well as Sungjoo Gut were greatly developed.

[Since long ago, there have grown a great many of good-quality pine trees in Andong, which drew attention as wooden materials for a good house, and there were good carpenters with great construction skills, which especially contributed to the development of its construction ritual culture. Besides, gut culture, Korean indigenous religion, was widely developed, reinforcing Sungjoo gut along with the community guts, among which the Sungjoo faith, worshiping Sungjoomok, the special pine tree in Jebeewon, became remarkably