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The Meaning of Awarding Alcoholic Beverage Event (宣醞) to Conciliate Noron and Soron Factions in 1736

Jean-Hae Shin 1

1건양대학교 충남지역문화연구소

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ABSTRACT

The Sun-on(宣醞), king’s special alcoholic beverage award, meant consolation, celebration, and courtesy for official or gentry. In 1736, the 12th year of King Yeongjo’s reign, King Yeongjo awarded alcoholic beverages to conciliate Noron and Soron Factions. King Yeongjo summoned Lee Kwang-Jwa of Soron and Min Jin-Won of Noron to conciliate them in 1730 and also in 1733 to give them a special order, known as Sipguhagyo(十九下敎). The Sun-on event in 1736 was an equally important political event as the past two affairs. In addition, there was a ceremonial procedure for the 1736 alcoholic beverage awarding event. In 1735, with the birth of the prince, the Noron faction requested exoneration of the four Noron officials who were executed during SinimOksa from guilt. A conflict occurred between Min Hyeong-Su, son of Noron’s head Min Jin-Won, and Lee Jong-Seong, son of Soron’s Lee Tae-Jwa. This incident was not just a confrontation between the two of them, but a clash of the Noron and Soron faction. Furthermore, considering that Min Hyung-Soo and Lee Jong-Seong were the sons of Min Jin-Won and Lee Tae-Jwa respectively, the representative members of the Noron and Soron faction, it could have continued on to the following generations to confront each other in future government. King Yeongjo, who planned to gradually establish bipartisan government, based on the Tangpyeong policy, tried to resolve the remaining animosity among them. In 1736, when King Yeongjo awarded alcoholic beverages to Min Jin-Won and Lee Tae-Jwa, Yeongjo invited their sons to lead the conciliation. Thus, King Yeongjo tried to minimize the collapse of the political balance by continuously emphasizing harmony with the Soron faction while gradually accepting Noron’s plea of innocence about SinimOksa.

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