Jeon Bongjun

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Jeon Bongjun
Jeon Bong-Jun
Korean name
Revised RomanizationJeon Bong-jun
McCune–ReischauerChŏn Pongjun[1]
Pen name
Revised RomanizationHaemong
Courtesy name
Revised RomanizationMyeongsuk

Jeon Bong-jun (1854 – 1895) was born in Taein, Jeollabuk-do, Korea. He was a prominent leader of the Donghak Peasant Revolution. Due to his short physical stature, he was called "Nokdu Janggun" (녹두장군, General mung bean).

Struggle and revolution[edit]

In 1894 Jeon Bong Jun and other farmers pleaded with a Local magistrate of Jeolla Province to lift the heavy (and some say illegal) taxes and to return extorted property taken from people accused of unsubstantiated crimes. Jeon Bong Jun and the others were ultimately rejected. In reaction to this rejection he, along with other farmers, revolted and attacked the county office and threatened to punish corrupt officials if they did not cease all corruption.

End of revolution[edit]

Jeon Bong-jun, seated at center, after his capture at Ugeumchi in 1894.

On April 28, 1894, Jeon Bong Jun's revolution became anti-Western and anti-Japanese because of the oppressive and brutal actions of the Japanese army in punishing the Korean farmers. This revolution spread from town to county as the peasant army vowed to eradicate the entirety of the Korean ruling class and expel all Japanese and western parties. By September his peasant revolt came to a violent end as his army of farmers were decisively defeated by a well trained, better equipped Japanese military in the Battle of Ugeumchi. Jeon Bong Jun was captured and in March 1895 was put to death.

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See also[edit]


  1. ^ Also written Chon Bong-joon

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