This research is a consideration on the travel poetry of Seokjeon Jeongho(石顚 鼎鎬), a modern Buddhism thinker, educator, and writer. Travel poetry is to write experience of travel in poem. In literature, travel was an important deed to broaden deep insight and discernment through growing spirit and various experience by touring the broad world. Also, it was a road of pilgrimage to trace the history of the land and human life by being absorbed in beautiful nature.
Seokjeon prepared a wide view of Buddhism as well as Confucianism, veteran science, and literature. He left high-level criticism on the literature, and created lots of poems and proses. Seokjeon, who prepared wide knowledge and literary competence widely traveled almost all regions of Korea. He composed various travel poetry literature combined with human life, travel, and literature by leaving the experience and inspiration on the travel with several poems. Most of his poem works were travel poetry, this research investigated the content and significance of travel poetry of Seokjeon mainly with Jeju island, Geumgang mountain, and Baekdusan travel poetry. Jeju, Geumgang mountain, and Baekdusan are very beautiful and historically significant places, located in the south, east, and north of Korea respectively.
Jeju travel poetry implies the image of Seonkyung, Geumgang mountain implies Buddhistic atmosphere, and Baekdusan implies grand spirit. Poetic aspect differs along with landscape of each region and the historical emotion.
Travel poetry of Seokjeon expressed the process of travel from start to return including impression in the travel destination with poem and properly recorded the situation of the background of poem creation such as date, fellow traveler, etc. This way, the point that poetic phrase itself is felt like a travel site with context is a characteristic of travel poetry of Seokjeon. Seokjeon viewed the history of each place of our land, people's life, and the nature with an affectionate sight, and embodied that impression in poem through the sensitivity and sight of a poet as well as a Buddhist monk.