Water for commoners came mainly from communal wells, except for some 'yangban' households that had their own. Households without wells used water carriers balancing buckets on a shoulder-pole. Source: Pratt, Keith. Old Seoul, 1902. To supply a large city with water from neighborhood wells is a work of no small magnitude, and the water-carrier is a recognised institution, which boasts of a powerful guild. The work is genuine and hard, and the pay is correspondingly high.e Homer B. Hulbert.