Park Ji-won

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This article is about Park Ji-won (born 1737). For Park Jie-won (born 1942), see Park Jie-won.
This is a Korean name; the family name is Park.
Park Ji-won
Portrait of Park Ji-won
Born (1737-03-05)5 March 1737
Hanseong, Joseon
Died 10 December 1805(1805-12-10) (aged 68)
Hanseong, Joseon
Nationality Joseon
Other names Yeonam
Notable work Collection of the Rock of swallow,
Jehol Journal
Religion Neo-Confucianism
Era 18th-century philosophy
Region Korean Confucianism
School Silhak

Park Ji-won (Hangul박지원; hanja朴趾源; 1737-1805), styled Yeonam (Hangul연암; hanja燕巖, 'Rock of swallow'), was a philosopher and novelist in the late Joseon Dynasty. He has been regarded as one of the greatest thinkers of the so-called "Practical Learning (silhak)" movement. Park Ji-won belonged to the "School of Profitable Usage and Benefiting the People" (Hangul이용후생파; hanja利用厚生派; RRIyong Husaeng-pa) to promote the industrialization of his country and the development of trade by positively introducing western technologies to Joseon Korea. Park Ji-won proposed that Joseon import advanced technologies from the Qing Dynasty, and promote mercantilism.[1]

The scholars Pak Je-ga, Yu Deuk-gong and Yi Deok-mu were influenced by Park Ji-won.


  1. ^ Koh Mi-suk (고미숙) (7 March 2011). 고전 인물로 다시읽기: 글쓰기 ‘프리랜서’ 연암 박지원 [Discovering classics: the 'freelancerer' Yonam Park Ji-won]. Seoul Shinmun (in Korean). Retrieved 8 June 2012. 

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