Fifth Scenic Views of JeongeupBaekje Song ‘Jeongeupsa’ (Song of Jeongeup) Cultural Park
‘Jeongeupsa’ Cultural Park was formed under the theme of ‘Jeongeupsa’ (Song of Jeongeup), the only Baekje song remaining at present. Jeongeupsa Mangbusang (the statue of the legendary wife who died and turned to stone while waiting for her peddler husband to return home), Jeongeupsa Song Monument and a memorial shrine that performs the ancestral rites for Jeongeupsa women are located herein this park.
This Park is the starting point of the Jeongeupsa path, a forest path formed with the eternal love of couples or sweethearts as the theme of its storytelling and the women of Jeongeupsa as the main theme. The Jeongeup Municipal Art Museum and Jeongeupsa Art Hall are both located in proximity to the park. A number of tourists visit this park because it is easily accessible from the downtown area.
About the Jeongeupsa Song
Jeongeupsa is the only song from the Baekje period written in Hangeul (Korean language). It was passed down orally over a long period of time and now remains in its present form as it has been recorded in the Akhakgwaebeom (Canon of Music). Jeongeupsa was accompanied by the Mugo (舞鼓), a traditional Korean drum, after the exorcism ceremony in the royal court during the Goryeo and Joseon periods. The Jeongeup municipal government built this park on an area of 33,000m2 on the eastern hill of Ayangsan Mountain in Sigi-dong in 1985 and the Mangbusang (the statue of the legendary wife who died and turned to stone while waiting for her peddler husband to return home) was set in Dec. 1986. The full text of Jeongeupsa was engraved lengthwise on the black stone in front of Mangbusang.
The whole length of the Mangbusang is 2.5m. Furthermore, the first Jeongeupsa Cultural Festival was held in 1990 to enhance knowledge of the Baekje culture as well as to commemorate the affection and righteousness of Baekje women while the Conjugal Love Festival is held once a year as well. A Budosan (Women’s Duty Award) commemorating the duties of Baekje women was established and has been given as an award every year. Jeoneup Culture Center also presents the performance of Sujecheon (classical court music) and tries to widely expand it while Jeongeupsa Art Hall has been managing Jeongeupsa Korean Music Orchestra.