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Haecheonchubeom and Hwangueumcho; the travelogues of the Korean Mission to the Russian Emperor's Coronation Ceremony in 1896

  • The Research of the Korean Classic
  • 2008, 0(17), pp.61-90
  • Publisher : The Research Of The Korean Classic
  • Research Area : Humanities > Korean Language and Literature > Korean Literature > Korean classic prose

홍학희 1

1한남대학교

Candidate

ABSTRACT

Haecheonchubeom and Hwangueumcho; the travelogues of the Korean Mission to the Russian Emperor's Coronation Ceremony in 1896 Joseon dispatched a congratulatory delegation including Min Yeong-hwan, Yoon Chi-ho, and Kim Deuk-nyeon when the coronation ceremony for the new Russian emperor Nicolai Ⅱ was to take place in 1896. They traveled through 11 nations; China, Japan, Canada, the United States, Ireland, Britain, the Netherlands, Germany, Poland, Mongolia, and Russia for seven months and wrote travelogues; Haecheonchubeom and Hwangueumcho. In the travelogues, they expressed their amazement and admiration for the prosperity of the western capitalistic cities, the development of science and technology, and that of modernistic systems including the educational and military systems. However, the Haecheonchubeom and the Hwangueumcho have the limits as they never mentioned any diplomatic issues that might arouse political frictions or any information or expression that might displease anyone. They just wrote good aspects of everything they observed and experienced. The reason may be because the government of Joseon had something they aspired of Russia like the five articles of the Secret Treaty, and because they couldn't but use diplomatic rhetoric when Joseon was placed in the turbulent state of affairs inside and outside of country as the world powers struggled for their interests on her territory.

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