Remembering Gim Yujeong with Earthy, Warm and Fragrant Stories
Known as one of Korea’s leading short story novelists, Gim Yujeong (1908-1937) born in Sille Village in Sindong-myeong, Chuncheon spent a great deal of his life in Seoul and returned to his hometown in 1931 at the age of 23. He published his first novel 산골 나그네 (The Wanderer) followed by numerous rural-based novels such as 동백꽃 (Camellia) and 봄봄 (Spring).
A restoration of his birth house, the Gim Yujeong House of Literature is part of an effort to turn the whole village into a literature village in honor of the novelist. The house has an exhibition hall, a walking path, and a hiking trail. Inside the exhibition hall, his birth home and even a treadmill are reproduced in their original form. A variety of programs reproducing his works are on display.
Here we introduce 2 novels out of his masterpieces as 봄봄 (Spring) and 동백꽃 (Camellia). These 2 novels are in the Korean text book for high school students as well. So here are the simple story line and how it was reproduced in the Kim You-jeong House of Literature.
봄봄 Spring (1935) is a black comedy about a simple, naive man and his conniving father-in-law, who feud over the man’s marriage.
「…He wants to marry Jeom-sun, Bong-pil’s daughter. But the mean Bong-pil has been delaying the wedding, placating him with a promise to give Jeom-sun when she grows taller. But three years have gone by and Jeom-sun hasn’t grown an inch, leaving him desperate. He begs his future father-in-law to let them marry, but the older man answers with a beating…」
|“Doesn’t she need to grow taller first before marriage?”
“She even hasn’t grow even an each over 4 years, when will she ever grow? Give me my salary .”
“Dude, did I ask her not to grow? Why are you whining to me?”
“Then how did her mother with a sparrow-sized body deliver a baby?”
*credit to Kim Moon Ju
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동백꽃 Camellia (1936) means ginger tree with piquant smell in old Gangwon dialect. It is about the residents of a Korean farming village and describes a story of young love. A young and naive boy doesn’t understand Jeom-sun’s dashing at him and ignores her as his father is a peasant working under Jeom-sun’s father, the land owner in this town.
「…He spots Jeom-sun setting her rooster and his rooster to fight again. Jeom-sun’s big rooster keeps pecking at his small rooster till it bleeds. He feels like to strike Jeom-sun’s rooster with the stick but decides to just separate them away. He has no idea why Jeom-sun bothers him so much these days. One day, while he is busy with laying a hedge, Jeom-sun comes over behind him and throws random questions like “Are you working alone? Why do you lay a hedge already? You can do it in Summer.” and laughed to herself. While he thinks she went crazy, she suddenly pulls out warm baked potatoes from her apron pocket…」
|“You don’t have these at your home, do you? You know, spring potatoes are the best.”
“I don’t eat potatoes. You eat them.”
*credit to Kim Moon Ju
*credit to bohemian_aura
Gimyujeong Station is named after Kim You-jeong. It was the first time using a person’s name for a train station and is located between Gangchon and Namchuncheon Stations on Gyeongchun Line. The station commenced operations on July 25, 1939 under the name called Sinnam Station. The name of the station was changed to the current name in December 2004. As of December 21, 2010, the station was officially transferred to the current location after the Gyeongchun Line of Seoul Metropolitan Subway started to operate.
*credit to _cowyun
Gangchon Rail Bike Park is located a 5 minute walk away from Gimyujeong Station. Over here, you can enjoy rail bike riding for about 8.6km and seeing the beautiful scenery of Bukhangang river up to Gangchon station.
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