Saturday, August 27, 2016

2016 July: South Korea: Jeollanam-do: Boseong: Beolgyo: Literature Museum

I never heard about this place, Beolgyo, not until I had a talked with my overnight dorm mate in Suncheon. She was reading the novel that was blocked by the government for a time.  She said it depicts about politics, leftists, those that are against the administration and sufferings from Japanese invasion, minor and major incidents that locals from Beolgyo experienced.  Given that the place is the location of a 10 volume novel that she was about to read, she was still in the 2nd volume but that already inspired her to see the place.

"Taebaek Mountain Range tells the story of Korea’s partition into North and South after its liberation from the Japanese occupation at the end of the Forties. This period of tremendous social and political upheaval has defined Korea’s destiny as a divided country. For Jo Jung Rae, understanding Korea’s past holds the key to the future – to resolving the ongoing confrontation between North and South Korea." [Reference]

Version of the book that was rented from the local libraries.

When it was translated to Japanese language.

Some of the items on the exhibit where personal items from the writer.

Schedule with TV stations such as KBS, MBC, SBS, EBS.

This novel from writer Jeong Rae Jo was also included in the book "1001 books you must read before you die".

While walking around the 2 level literature hall, it felt like the novel corresponds to the Philippines' Jose Rizal's Noli Me Tangere and El Filibusterismo (which talks about the oppression during the Spanish regime).

How to get there?

Take bus #88 from KTX Suncheon station. It will be 1h 15m ride to reach Beolgyo.

Taebaek Mountain Range Literature Museum

Beolgyo-eup, Boseong-county, Jeollanam-do, South Korea

Other places around the hall:

I guess in one way or another, there are common trigger points for travelers - Never giving upon dreams or pursuing to places that were triggered by the habits.  For her, it was reading the 10 volume novel.  For my case, it is going to filming locations of varieties, series or movies. (I guess a lighter reason compared to her deeper idealism on politics and literature).

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