There are eight pavilions along the Tamjin River of Jangheung. They are Changnang Pavilion, Sain Pavilion, Dokchui Pavilion, Buchun Pavilion, Dongbaek Pavilion, Yongho Pavilion, Gyeongho Pavilion, and Yeonggui Pavilion. All of the eight pavilions were constructed in early Joseon Dynasty, but lost until they were rebuilt around the 19th Century. Many literature activities began at that time to produce many literary tablets.
This study was conducted to clarify the literary substantiation and significance of these tablets.
The tablets of essays and poetry showed that the Tamjin River was valued as equally important as the Dongjiang River or Kisu of China and The surroundings were also referred to as Mt. Buchun and Muwoo. Here, we can see an aspect of literature. Based on an analysis of literary tablets, the substance and significance of pavilions along the Tamjin River within local literature are as follows: First, the eight pavilions were used for literary networks beyond the solidarity of local clans. This is proven by the poetry societies that promoted the eight pavilions one by one. The societies include: Nanjeonghoe, Pungyeonggye, Sangyeonggye, Jeongsagye, Hyangsahoe, Nagyanghoe, Jukgyehoe, Yangsagye, and Gangchingye. The writers who participated in those societies organized a literary community.
Second, local writers promoted their literary activities using the eight pavilions as their secluded hideouts. In the 19th century, the local region was very actively engaged in society, but the tablets of the writers who visited the eight pavilions did not show this tendency. This was a paradox to escape from the reality.
Third, most poems described the mountains and rivers around the pavilions with rather factual depictions. The writers became one with nature within the literary space of the riverside pavilions despite the fast-paced social circumstances of the 19th century. The poetry depicting the eight pavilions existed as differentiated local literature of a community.
In order to identify the substance and significance of local literature, it is necessary to divide the region into several towns and study each genre, time, and writer separately to combine and compare the findings.
In this respect, the findings of this study would be critical for identifying the local literature of Jangheung.