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A jangseung or village guardian is a Koreanmarker totem pole usually made of wood. Jangseungs were traditionally placed at the edges of villages to mark for village boundaries and frighten away demons. They were also worshipped as village tutelary deities.

In the southern regions of Jeolla, Chungcheong, and Gyeongsang, jangseungs are also referred to as beopsu or beoksu, a variation of boksa (복사/卜師), meaning a male shaman.

In the Jeolla region, jangseungs are often made of stone bearing some resemblance to the dolhareubangs of Jeju Islandmarker.

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In Seoulmarker, 18th century Joseon Dynastymarker King Jeongjo ordered jangseungs erected in the area near Sangdo to ward off evil spirits when he made a royal procession to Suwonmarker, where his father's tomb was located. Since then, the district has been called Jangseungbaegi and has given its name to the Jangseungbaegi Station on the Seoul Metropolitan Subway's Line 7.

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Image:Seoul-folk.museum-totem.pole-01.jpgImage:Korea-Andong-Hahoe Folk Village-21.jpg|Jangseung in Hahoe Folk VillagemarkerImage:Korean culture-Jangseung-01.jpg

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