King Jeongjo honored in exhibit of new works inspired by his contributions — Korea Joongang Daily

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— SEONG: Fantastic City, Suwon IPark Museum of Art, Suwon, Gyeonggi-do — until November 3, 2019

— by Kim Eun-jin: The fascinating story of King Jeongjo (1752-1800) of the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910) has served as inspiration for countless films, dramas and books that dramatize the life of the celebrated ruler, hailed for his progressive social reforms and landmark projects like the Hwaseong Fortress in Suwon, Gyeonggi, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Last week, the Suwon IPark Museum of Art (SIMA) in Gyeonggi unveiled its new exhibition “SEONG: Fantastic City” to honor the lauded royal through art. The location couldn’t have been more appropriate – the museum, opened just in 2015, sits at the mouth of the Hwaseong Haenggung Palace, within the walls of the fortress. King Jeongjo used the palace as a war shelter and resting place during visits to his father’s tomb, which was the main reason he built the fortress…

Image: “Seobuk Gongsimdon” by Kim Kyoung-tae, courtesy of the Suwon IPark Museum of Art

July 30, 2019

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