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Birthplace of Yi Sang-seol in Jincheon

Birthplace of Yi Sang-seol in Jincheon
Birthplace of Yi Sang-seol in Jincheon
10, Isangseoran-gil, Jincheon-eup, Jincheon-gun, Chungcheongbuk-do, 27846, Republic of Korea
  • Designated : Local Monument No. 77(March 31, 1987)
  • Period : The late Joseon Dynasty
  • Size : Site (1243 m3(376Pyeong)), Floor space ( 41m2 (12.35Pyeong))
  • The main building and shed
  • Material : Wooden thatched house

This is the birthplace of the great scholar Yi Sangseol (1870~1917) which consists of a main building and a shed as the wooden thatched house

Yi Sangseol was born the son of Yi Hanewoo, a scholar, and passed the civil service examination in 1894. He served as a teacher at Sunggyunkwan University and an instructor at Hanseong College of Education. He spoke 7 languages including English and French and was a keen student of modern literature.

He worked at the Judicial Affairs Office under the Ministry of Finance in 1904 and was selected as an administrator for the city of Uijeongbu in 1905.
He was also active politically and was prominently involved in the campaign for independence from the Japanese. Yi was bitterly opposed to the Eulsa Treaty (signed on November 7th 1905) that made Korea a protectorate of Japan. After this event he dedicated himself to the cause of independence.

He set about educating the Korean people about the threat posed by the Japanese to Korean sovereignty and he was sent by the Korean Emperor Gojong to attend the Second Hague Peace Convention in Hague from June through July in 1907 along with Yi Jun and Yi Wijong to announce the independence of Korea and the recovery of its sovereign rights to the international community. However, the mission failed because the emissaries were not granted admission to the conference. Yi Jun, devastated by this failure, committed suicide in Hague.

Yi Sangseol didn’t’t return to Korea. Instead, he visited a number of countries including Britain, France, Germany and the United States to educate public opinion about the brutality of the Japanese invasion and to insist that the independence of Korea was the key to peace in East Asia.

After the Japan-Korea Annexation Treaty in 1910, he moved to the territory of Former Soviet Union, established a Korean village and educated the Korean people there. He died in 1917 at the age of 47

  • Location
    • 1 When you go toward Chopyeong from Jincheon by using an intra-city bus for about 5 minutes (3km), you can find a sign of the entrance of the Birthplace of Yi Sang-seol in Jincheon. You can find it while you walk along the pavement of 2km after getting off.
    • 2 When using your own car, you can find it by driving about 3km from Jincheon to Chopyeong and then drive 2km to the left.
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