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Gimje, Jeonbuk, Korea - Gimje Arirang Literary Village

A panoramic view of Arirang Literary Village Public Relations Hall

Gimje Arirang Literary Village

Gimje, Jeonbuk, Korea

'Ginger blind gang other emmit'. 'Jinge' means 'Gimje', 'Meng Gang' means Mangyeong, and 'Oemit' means lazy people. It is the old saying of Gimje Mangyeong Plain, Korea's representative granary. The wicked horde of Japanese colonial beasts have been spreading the land since the early 1900s. To send military beauty to the battlefield to fill their ambitions. The novelist Jo Jung-rae wrote in Arirang the history of suffering and resistance that the minchos had to face in this process.
Meet the years of raging in the novel Arirang
Why is the title of the novel Arirang? Arirang is a song that our people shared with us when we were happy or sad. The background of the novel is from the pre-Korean merger to liberation, when Arirang's ringing is the loudest. Let's take a look at the audience watching Na Un Kyu's movie Arirang in Arirang. "Kim Young-jin is being dragged by the Japanese police and the melody of" Arirang "that the band plays begins. Arirang Arirang Aririo .... When the chorus was just over, "to the independence of Korea!" It was a man's cry. "To the independence of Korea!" The novelist Cho Jung-rae said that he easily wrote the title Arirang. This may be because there is no title as appropriate as Arirang.
The novel Arirang
Arirang Literature Village reproduces the stage of the novel Arirang in reality, revealing the painful days without filtration. Since the story of Arirang begins in Juksan-myeon, Gimje-si, it has been built around the old inner village and Oori village, so travelers can experience living literature. Arirang Literary Village is largely composed of public relations hall, Harbin station, Naechon and Oeri village, and modern seizure agency. The PR Hall is itself a friendly guide to Arirang.
PR Hall 1F
Although Arirang is a best-selling book, many of them have been burdened with reading because it is a 12-volume novel. The first floor of the PR building filled the walls with text about Arirang. The plot of the flow of the novel, the portrayal of the characters and the relationship of the main characters, and the excerpts of the core anecdotes in the novel are organized in a structure. Just look around slowly and read easily to find out what Arirang is.
PR Hall 2F Letter Sculpture
On the 2nd floor of the PR Hall, there are descriptions of independent militants from Kim Je. Unfamiliar heroes protested against Japan for fear of death. The devastation of an unjust age would have led to their consequences. Independence troops rushing with guns symbolically represent this.
Independence Army Statue
Harbin Station and Seolwoon Village, a village that recreates the best scenes of modern history
Harbin Station in Arirang Literary Village is a 60% reduction of Harbin Station in China in the 1910s.
State of Harbin Station
Combining the historical background of Harbin and Arirang, there is an incident that comes to mind quickly. According to Harbin Ahn (1909). When you go out through the waiting room in the area, the best scenes of modern history are realistically expressed in statues. When Ahn Jung-geun pulls the trigger, a bullet carrying the nation's core penetrates the heart of the empire. Ito Hirobumi was shortly after getting off the train, so steam locomotives also appeared in those days.
Harbin's scene of Ahn Jung-geun
Harbin Station itself is a two-story exhibition hall related to Arirang, just like a publicity hall.
Harbin station 2nd floor comfort women statue
There is an immigrant house in front of Harbin station square. Reproduced the house and the reed house built by people who went to other country because of the Japanese colonial exploitation. At least you and your house are likely to play a role, but the reeds are too poor. In Arirang, a reed hut appears. "People who gathered a bunch of reeds began to make huts. The huts were to dig the ground into man's height and cover the roof with reeds on it."
Immigrant houses
Naechon and Oeori villages were made by reproducing houses such as Son Pan-seok, Jisam-chul, Gamgol-d's house, and Song-in-ri.
Hand-painted houses
It is a village that has idyllic ambience with neighboring thatched houses with small backs. But the landlords' lives described in the novel are not as peaceful as the town's exterior.
View of Naechon Village
Son Pan-Suk works as a liaison to the medical and independent forces and suffers a lot. Ji-chul is retaliated by the pro-Japanese Jang Chi-ilmun for his misdeeds. Gamgol is suffering from debt because his eldest son is sold to Hawaii because of debt, and his two daughters are humiliated by Japanese minions. When my eldest daughter says she's going to a concubine because of poverty, she says, "We must starve together and die together." Anyone who knows the sad story of a peaceful town can't control his feelings.
Art work near town
Modern exploitation agency built by evil in Japan
The modern exploitation agency is the place where the pain of Arirang is best conveyed. It is composed of a cotton office, a representative office (the agency where the Japanese colonial rule was employed), a post office, and a rice mill.
Modern collection agency street
The municipal office is the leading organization in the exploitation of land. Baek Jong-du, a pro-Japanese leader appointed to Juksan-myeon in Arirang, opposes the peasants by forming a landlord commissioner (a vanguard that pursues the land inspection project of the governor general). It is a land survey project, but it is a trick to take away the land of Joseon by attaching a secret bad clause. In the Juksan-myeon Office, there are telescopes, compasses, cameras, abacus, and lighters. It is obvious that it was used as a tool for evil.
Exhibition office
Is there another place as scary as the Japanese colonial rule? As soon as you enter the shelter, the sound of the sound comes out, creating an eerie feeling. "The military police made the same sound every time they wielded. It wasn't what they wanted to answer. It was a beat to save my deity in the medium, and a spirit to cheer me up." There are all kinds of torture tools, such as a whip. Inside the barbed window, the sad eyes of the imprisoned prisoners are expressed in murals, accusing the cruelty of Japan.
Picture of the wall inside the iron bars of the detention center
The post office was nothing more than a Japanese-language intelligence agency, and the mill was the only place for rice for the Japanese.
Post Office Front View
The woman's scream is heard in the mill. It's the sound of a female employee who was so hungry that she burst into the wind while stealing a little bit of rice. We need to steal rice from our land… The lives of the lost folks are cruel.
Interior view of the mill
Travel info

Arirang Literary Village
-Address: 180 Hwacho-ro, Juksan-myeon, Gimje-si, Jeonbuk
Contact: 063-540-2927, 063-540-2929

Restaurants near
-Elevation: abalone mussel champon / 31, Buyangmyeon Buyang 1-gil / 063-546-6577
-Scent of Life: Hansiksik / 190-14 Wonpyeong 1-gil, Geumsan-myeon / 063-543-2325


-Unam Maeuntang: Maeuntang / 220, Dongseo-ro, Gimje-si / 063-542-0431

-Moaksan Youth Hostel: 460-20 Moak-ro, Geumsan-myeon / 063-548-4401


-Star Palace Motel: Hajeong 1-gil 9 / 063-547-1005
-Red Sky Motel: 48 Hajeong 1-gil / 063-546-2579

※ The above information was written in April 2017. It may change afterwards, so please check before you travel.
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