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Jeong Gyeong-son

Jeong Gyeong-son

  • A Japanese troop crossed Yuksimnyeong Pass and invaded Jangsu during the Jeongyu War, and attempted to enter Jangsuhyanggyo Confucian School. Jeong Gyeong-son, who was guarding the Confucian School, closed the main gate, sat down in the middle of the yard, and said while reading a Confucian classic, “You must kill me first to enter here.” His braveness impressed the invaders. They posted on the main gate a note writing that this area is a sacred ground, and left. This Jangsuhyanggyo Confucian School suffered no damage unlike Confucian schools in other areas, most of which were burnt. Jeong Ju-seok, Magistrate of Jangsu, in 1846 erected a monument in praise of his great sense of responsibility and noble behavior that saved the school. The front face of this monument reads “hoseong chungbok Jeong Gyeong-son sumyeongbi.”