Sunheung

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Sunheung Township
Sunheung.png
A detail from a 1904 map of Korea, showing "Sun-heung" as the largest town northwest of the provincial capital Andong
Korean name
Hangul 순흥
Hanja 順興
Literal meaning The Township of Following Prosperity

Sunheung is a township administered as part of the municipality of Yeongju in North Gyeongsang, South Korea. The present local government administers an area of 54.35 square kilometers (20.98 sq mi).

Name[edit]

Sunheung is an anglicization of the McCune–Reischauer romanization Sunhŭng. Its official romanization in South Korea is Sunheung. In 19th century sources, Sunheung appears as Sioun-heng-fu,[1] from a French transcription of the Korean placename and the Chinese pronunciation of its status as the seat of a district or commandery. Although the name literally means "Adhering to", "Obeying", or "Following Prosperity" or "Success", Sunheung is also Bon-gwan of a Korean clan in the area which included the influential Korean Confucianist An Hyang.

History[edit]

Under the late Joseon dynasty, Sunheung was a district capital overseeing the plains and hinterland around Mount Taebaek. Its mountains were the site of Korea's first foreign mining concern, a silver mine whose permit was revoked by the royal court in Seoul after a few months of operation in the early 1850s.[1][2]

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Citations[edit]

  1. ^ a b EB (1878), p. 391.
  2. ^ Dallet (1874), p. iv.

Bibliography[edit]

External links[edit]

  • "Old Korea, Pt. I", a partial English translation of Dallet's History of the Korean Church at Lotus & Persimmon

Coordinates: 36°54′52″N 128°34′33″E / 36.91437°N 128.57590°E / 36.91437; 128.57590