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Suncheon Literary Museum
The Suncheon Literary Museum is dedicated to two Suncheon writers, Jeong Chae-bong and Kim Seung-ok. The natural environment of Suncheon heavily influenced their literary sensibilities.
Children’s storywriter, Jeong Chae-bong, was born along the coast of Suncheon. He lost his mother when he was four and was raised by his grandmother. He had an impoverished, difficult childhood but the time he spent in nature as a child made him the writer that he would grow up to be. Jeong, who believed that a childlike wonder would save the world, was popular among adults who also sought to recover their innocent perspectives on life. The Venerable Beopjeong Sunim, who was a close friend of Jeong’s, once said that the warm language and people of the southern region made Jeong the person he was.
Novelist Kim Seung-ok was born in Osaka, Japan and moved to Suncheon when he was five. He spent his childhood and adolescence in Suncheon and debuted as a writer in 1962.
His writings became part of the Korean literary canon. “Mujin Travelogue” (1964) is one of them. The fictional village of Mujin, where the story is set in, is most probably Suncheon.
“Mujin Travelogue” was adapted as a film in 1967. The two writers’ handwritten manuscripts, works, pictures, letters, and belongings are on display and a replica of their studies have been constructed at the literary museum where visitors can see the commonalities between the two literary giants.