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Religious Space Expanded Through Acoustics

materials provided by
The Church of Our Lady of the Rosary of Namyang,
edited by
Kim Jia

SPACE March 2024 (No. 676) 


The role of acoustics is expanding in religious spaces. Nowadays, religious spaces are not just venues for pastors to preach, but are widely used as cultural spaces for the community, accommodating many genres of music. The quality of sound depends not only on the performance of audio equipment, but also on architectural acoustics depending on the shape, structure and finish of the building. SPACE took the opportunity to hold a discussion with Chung Wanjin (principal, OSD Engineering), who has been responsible for acoustic design in various venues such as religious spaces, concert halls, theatres, multipurpose halls, and stadiums over the past 30 years. The interview is about how acoustic design is applied in religious spaces, and what needs to be done to improve the acoustics of religious architecture in Korea, seen through the examples of the Church of Our Lady of the Rosary of Namyang and Seosomun Shrine History Museum. ​


The Church of Our Lady of the Rosary of Namyang hosts a variety of performances, including professional orchestras.​  

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Chung Wanjin
Chung Wanjin founded OSD Engineering, an acoustic consulting company based in Korea, in 1993. Since then he has implemented acoustic technology that harmonizes with architectural spaces. He is responsible for the acoustic design of various spaces such as concert halls, performance halls, multi-purpose auditoriums, stadiums, and churches.