Park Kyung-ni’s tomb in Tongyeong

For peope who like to track down literary landmarks, the tomb of Park Kyung-ni, author of the sweeping epic T’oji (Land) can be found on Mireukdo, Tongyeong, just above a memorial hall dedicated to her life and work.

View towards Park Kyung-ni's tomb from Mireuksan
View towards Park Kyung-ni's tomb from Mireuksan

And for those who are short of time (like me), and like to tick off a number of attractions simultaneously, you can bag the tomb while ascending to the top of Mireuksan, the peak which gives the island its name, and which has a commanding view over the Hallyeosudo national park. A viewing point near the peak is dedicated to the novellist, and points out exactly where the tomb is:

The sign at the Park Kyung-ni viewpoint just below Mireuksan summit
The sign at the Park Kyung-ni viewpoint just below Mireuksan summit

And, because I’m super-lazy and didn’t get to see the tomb itself, here’s a close-up photo of the picture of the tomb at said viewping point:

Park Kyung-ni's tomb in Sanyang-eup, Mireuk-do, Tongyeong-si, Gyeongsangnam-do
Park Kyung-ni's tomb in Sanyang-eup, Mireuk-do, Tongyeong-si, Gyeongsangnam-do

Mireukdo is joined to the mainland by a short bridge close to the main harbour of Tongyeong. Do pay it a visit. Great food, great scenery, and a great contemporary music festival at the end of March every year.


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Contents
Introduction 12: Yun Isang’s music at TIMF 2012
1: Dansaekhwa – Korean Monochrome Painting at the Museum of Contemporary Art 13: Jeon Hyuck-lim, Magician of Colours
2: Suh Do-ho “Home within Home” at the Leeum 14: Mugwort pancakes and bronze age dolmen
3: Bugaksan to Daehakro 15: A visit to Min Young-ki
4: Walking the palace trail with the RASKB 16: Silla pagodas, Korea’s first beautiful village, and Nammyeong’s tomb
5: the Trip to Tongyeong 17: On hiking in Korea
6: Tongyeong harbour 18: The hike to Beopgyesa
7: Yi Sun-shin — military genius, hero, poet 19: Beopgyesa Temple and those Japanese feng-shui stakes
8: Yun Isang, Sancheong and Tongyeong 20: Rabbit Stew and Love Shots
9: Yun Isang — Victim of the Cold War 21: Seong Cheol’s birthday, Park Chan-soo’s museum and Gaya period tombs
10: Mireuksan and meonggae – a morning on Mireukdo 22: The Burial Grounds of the Royal Joseon Placentas, and why underfloor heating is not always good for you
11: The Tongyeong International Music Festival 23: Mun Ik-jeom: dutiful son and smuggler of cotton seeds
Extras
Thank yous The Seoul Nuclear Security Summit
LKL in the 경남도민일보 “A Reason to Live” and “Pain”: Two lame films to avoid
Some regional foods in Tongyeong Some regional foods in Sancheong
Park Kyung-ni’s tomb in Tongyeong If aliens landed in Gyeongnam, would they think Koreans worshipped the turtle?

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