A Study on the Re-designed Bang-Wee-Shin-Sang to the Korean Tradition

한국 전통 "방위신상(方位神像)"을 재해석한 디자인 작품 연구

  • 조봉석 (호서대학교 일반대학원 정보경영학과) ;
  • 김선배 (호서대학교 벤처전문대학원 정보경영학과)
  • Received : 2013.03.23
  • Accepted : 2013.04.20
  • Published : 2013.04.28


The aim of this study is to reinterpret the image on a Korean tradition known as Bang-wee-shin-sang (an image of direction deity), and to revive the image into Jikimee (the guardian). In particular, this research re-analyzed the image and the symbol of Bang-wee-shin-sang and effectively designed the tradition to fit the modern living space. The theoretical study is to explore why it is necessary to redesign Bang-wee-shin-sang to accommodate modern living after examining the background and origin of typical Korean traditions such as Four Deity painting, Chinese Zodiac, and Four Kings' Painting. As a previous study, we examined the procedures of making Jikimee which was based on artists' works that utilized historical artifacts. The study indicated that Bang-wee-shin-sang is a vital resource to disseminate the unique characteristics of Korea and its tradition which played a role in linking the past and the present. Consequently, it is discussed that the utilization of modernized Jikimee in smart environment must be supported by foundation of academic system, the effort of academic and research link, and government funding policy.