As pattern for life changed, there is lots of changes in travelling.
Tongyeong is home of many artists and craftsmen. A composer I-sang Yun, poets like Ryu Chi-hwan, Kim Sang-ok, Kim Choon-soo, a dramatist Yu Chi-jin, a novelist Park Kyung-ri, a painter Jeon Hyuk-lim and more.
First, let us take a trip to trace down a poet Ryu Chi-hwan. It could have been better if rebuild his birth place at the original place but due to circumstances, an exhibition hall and his birthplace were rebuilt at Jeongryangdong while building Cheongma Literature Hall. When visiting Cheongma Literature Hall, there is a person who would guide you in detail about the Cheongma Literature Hall.
After seeing Cheongma Literature Hall, next stop is to the birth place of Kim Choon-su. The birth place is next to Donsan pharmacy located at the entrance of Mt. Nammangsan Park. Next is to Mt. Nammangsan Sculpture Park. The people of Tongyeong call the park as ‘Mt. Nammangsan Park’ or Mt. Nambangsan Park’. At the small park located 72m above the sea level exhibits idiosyncratic sculptural works of 15 world-famous artists. There is Municipal Hall of Culture and Arts that held all kinds of cultural events, a filming monument celebrating 'Daughters of Kim's Pharmacy" by Park Kyung-ri and Gitbal Sibi of Ryu Chi-hwan.
Descending Mt. Nammangsan Park, let's go to the birth place of the poet Cheongma (pen name) and Cheongma Street. At the Cheongma Street, you will see the trace of places and buildings that appears in his works. Getting out of the Cheongma Street, you will come to see the birth place of Park Kyung-ri, a famous author of novel ‘Toji’. And thee is another birth place of a poet Kim Sang-ok and some of his famous works are ‘Bongseonhwa’, ‘Bakjabu’ and ‘Sahang’.
In Tongyeong, you can see the house where a painter Lee Joong-seop, who contributed much in introducing a western modernization style of painting. When he used to live here, he draw green hills, scenery of Chungnyeolsa Shrine, scenery that shows the road to Mt. Nammangsan and the village blossom with Boksa flowers.
Everyone knows that the world-famous contemporary music composer I-sang Yun was born in Tongyeong. The Tongyeong International Festival is held on every March and friends, students of I-sang Yun plays his music here at Tongyeong. If you visit Tongyeong at this time, you will able to enjoy contemporary music as much as you wish. The road in front of his birth house is designated as the street of I-sang Yun and at the entrance, there stands his statue and Festival House which is Tongyeong International Festival office is in the middle of the street. During the Hallyeosudo period, the Festival House also decorates to fit to the theme and sells products related to I-sang Yun. A small music concert is also held at the fringe hall in the Festival House as well.
Now it is time to visit a museum of the greatest painter, Jeon Hyun-lim. You will be able to appreciate the painter Jeon's work of arts. After appreciating the culture of Tongyeong mainly on the birth places of artists of Tongyeong, we recommend you to appreciate some poems of Ryu Chi-hwan, the poet Cheongma (pen name).
For more information
- Tongyeong Tourism Promotion Agency 055)645-0101
- Tour Information 055)650-5375~8