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Ch’ŏrwŏn: The First Stop In The Mintongsun Itinerary

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In this chapter, the author narrates the impact of war on the Chorwon region. When people travel through the Mintongsun villages, they generally bypass Chorwon station since there is little worth seeing there compared to Woljung-li station. Singosan is the name of a station in southern Hamgyong Province that the Seoul-Wonsan train passed through. The other important railway in the region is the Diamond Mountain railway. Lee Ki-yung's short story "Hometown", which is set in the Chunahn Silk Mill, provides insight into this period. Korea has witnessed incursions by imperialist armies in tandem with Western religions. The two stanzas of "The Song of Seoul-Wonsan Railway" depicting Woljung-li became reality for Koreans after liberation. The Hantan River and Chorwon field are inextricably bound up with each other. The Maitreya belief system came to Korea from India via China. The various pictures dotting the Chapter support the author's narration.

Keywords: Chorwon; Diamond Mountain railway; Hantan River; Lee Ki-yung; Maitreya; Mintongsun; Seoul-Wonsan Railway; Woljung-li station



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