Memorial Hall (jeongjagak)

Geolleung tomb
Yunggeolleung site
Hwaseong City, Korea

Memorial halls are buildings, associated with ancestral tombs, for sacrificial meals and ceremonies in honor of the deceased. This was long the custom not only in East Asia, but also in ancient Egypt and the Middle East (Petra, for example). The basic idea was to gather, once every year or so, and have a family meal in honor of your progenitors. Even the Christian Communion may be a distant echo of this idea.