Gukchaebosang Memorial Park
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Gukchaebosang Memorial Park

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1907년 대구에서 비롯된 국채보상운동의 숭고한 정신을 기리고 시민들에게 휴식공간을 제공하고자 1999.12월 조성한 공원입니다.
대한제국 말기에 일어난 항일독립운동의 하나인 국채보상운동은 모금운동을 전개하여 국채를 갚아 나라를 빼앗기지 않겠다는 일념으로 남자들은 담배를 끊고 여염집 여인들은 가락지 빼주며 봇짐장수들까지 수많은 민중들이 자발적으로 참여한 세계사에서 유래를 찾을 수 없는 감동적인 시민애국운동이었다고합니다.
시민 스스로의 힘으로 나라의 빚을 갚자는 그 정신은 이후 일제하의 물산장려운동, 해방 후의 국산품 애용운동을 비롯하여 최근의 경제살리기 운동까지 면면히 이어져 오고있습니다.

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Korea is one of the oldest continuous civilizations in the world with over five thousand years of history. According to the original creation myth, the world we live in today is the work of the Heavenly Prince Hwanung, whose father was the King of Heaven.

The Heavenly Prince asked his father to give him some land to govern, so the Father sent him down to Mount Taebaek. With him the Prince brought the Minister of Clouds, the Earl of Rain and the Chancellor of Wind. They also brought three thousand helpers.

Under the shade of a sandalwood tree the Prince founded a holy city called Sinsi, the City of God. He put his Ministers in charge of three hundred and sixty areas of human culture, teaching them to grow crops and to make laws concerning what is good and what is evil.

A tiger and a bear living in a nearby cave saw this city and desperately wanted to become human. Every day they came to the sandalwood tree at the center of the city to pray fervently for becoming humans.

Hwanung saw their devotion and gave them instructions to remain in the cave and fast for one month, eating nothing but garlic and mugwort. The tiger was too impatient to stand the long and boring days in the cave, so he gave up and left, but Bear maintained the fast. At the end of the month she was transformed into a beautiful woman who became the mother of the Korean people.

Her first son was Don-gun, the First King of the Korean people. When Don-Gun passed on the throne to his own son, he became a Mountain God. It is interesting that mountain gods are still worshipped today in Korea.

Text by Steve Smith.

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