Chosun Scholar Jeong Yak-Jeon was exiled to Heuksan Island about two hundred years ago for being a Catholic, and he lived out his days in this area. One of his most famous legacies is a book he wrote of the sea life around the island. We visited this spot where he lived and taught and were surprised to see a park listing dozens of other exiles, too. Apparently this is where the Chosun kings of old sent people they didn't like. I can think of worse fates than being sent to live in such a beautiful place.
Steven S. Bammel is president and chief translator/consultant at Korean Consulting & Translation Service, Inc. A graduate of the University of Texas at Arlington (B.B.A. Economics) and Hanyang University (M.S. Management Strategy), Steven has worked for over twenty years in Korean business and translation. | more about Steven
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September 29, 2010