Birthplace of Dongpyeonje (Birthplace of Song Heung-rok)
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  • Address: 209, Hwasu-ri, Unbong-eup, Namwon-si, Jeollabuk-do
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Originally, the whole of Jeonchon-ri, Seo-myeon of Unbong was called Bijeon but during the administrative district reorganization of 1914, parts of Jeonchon-ri, Okgye-ri, and Soseok-ri merged and transferred to Hwasu-ri. The village began when people were sent to maintain the Monument for Hwangsan Battle erected there.

Also, Bijeon Village in Hwasu-ri, Unbong-eup, Jeollabuk-do is known as the birthplace of dongpyeonje. Along with seopyeonje, dongpyeonje is one of the two most prominent types of pansori and it originated right here. The artist who developed dongpyeonje and upon whom was bestowed the highest and most prestigious title of ‘king of all singers,’ was Song Heung-rok, born in Bijeon Village.

Song Heung-rok mastered his voice at the Guryong Falls in Jujeon-myeon near the Tomb of Chunhyang. He also practiced on every rainy night until dawn in Ajangteo for three years to mimic the sound of the lamentation of the spirit. It is said that at the end, he eventually succeeded in voicing the sound of a lamenting spirit after being possessed by a spirit. He’s praised for playing a pivotal role in the history of pansori, which has been practiced for about 200 years. Right next to the Birthplace of Song Heung-rok is the house of yet another master singer named Park Cho-wol. In front of the house, there are statues of Song Heung-rok and his drummer in the middle of a performance

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