Road names and figures
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01Jebong-ro, Gyung Myung Go(1533~1592)
Gyung Myung Go was born in Daechon, Gwangju, who lived in retirement in Hyangri as a central vice of Chumji after appointing to an important office as a person who won the first place in the high civil service examination. As the war occurred that the eight provinces of Korea were devastated, he attacked the enemy with 800 voluntary soldiers in order to recapture Gumsan, the outskirt of Junju, but sacrificed his life with his son, In Who Go, an engaged officer Pengro Yu, and so on. To honor the ancestor's ideals of saving the country, Pochung-Sa, a shrine, was built in Wonsan-dong, Gwangsan-gu to dedicate to him. The state named a road starting from Namgwangju station, Jangdong rotary and Daein square to Gwangju station as Jaebong-ro in order to pay a tribute to his charitable deeds.
02Chungjang-ro, Duck Ryung Kim(1567~1596)
General Duk Ryung Kim was born in Chungjang-dong, Gwangju and completed his study under his granduncle, Yoon Jae Kim, and Woogae Sunghon. When the war occurred, he followed his brother, Duk Heung Kim, to participate in an army of Gokyungmyung but returned home to support his elderly mother. After the death of his mother and brother, the general raised an army in the cause of justice by issuing a manifesto to each military camp based on the recommendation of his cousin, Haegwang Jae Min Song, and Hyunryung Egui with support of Junra governer. The king conferred a title of Chungyongjang to him, and he entirely attacked Geoje-do including areas of Jinju and Gosung under a command of Marshal Gwunyul however, there was no result because the Japanese army firmly defended a castle. Afterwards, the general was tortured by an entrap that he was involved in a rebellion of Mong Hak Lee and died at his age of 29. After his death, he was promoted to a higher position of the Minister of War and granted a posthumous epithet of Chungjanggong. Also, Chungjang-Sa was built to dedicate a shrine to him in Mudeung Mountain, Gwangju. In order to honor him for a long time, the state called a road starting from the entrance of Chungjang-ro, a symbol road of downtown in Gwangju, and Gwangju Jeil High school connected to Gyungil-ro.
03Guemnam-ro, Chung Sin Jung(1576~1646)
Chung Shin Jung was born in Gwangju with a humble origin; however, he contributed in the war for the first time by helping Yul Gwun, a minister of Gwangju, with his outstanding talents and clever actions. Also, he moved to the center to help Hang Bok Lee and made a significant contribution in solving a diplomatic issue and became a son-in-law of Yul Gwun. Furthermore, after the dethronement of King Injung, Seoul was captured by a rebellion of Gwal Lee who was disaffected at a grant of honors after examination of services. To retake the capital, Chung Shin Jung chased and killed him. In addition, the general defended the country in spite of his illness when the king fleed to Gangwha-do after Jungmyo War occurred. The general was created as Gumnamgun, and the main street of Gwangju was named after him and called as Gumnam-ro.
04Uejae-ro, Baek Ryun Huh(1892~1977)
He was the artist who passed down Namjong style, a traditional form in Korean modern painting history. He was born in Jin-do as a Bang child of Sochi Ryun Huh who dedicated for indigenous Nanjong style during the late Chosun period. After Young Huh(1850~1931), a son of Ryun Huh, taught him a basic drawing, he developed his painting works through Sangkyung and Doil and put his great efforts to adhere to a style and spirit of a traditional Namjong painting. In addition, he settled in Gwangju in 1938 and established Yeonjin-hoe with a purpose of development of paintings and writings as well as of training of the younger generation. He made a great contribution in local development by establishment of Dangun Temple board to definite national spirit. In order to honor Baek Ryun Huh, Chunsulhun(Local Monument #5) was his small universe as well as studio. This place is preserved well as a birth place of culture where poets and calligraphers frequently visit with its reputation among Korean painters who want to succeed Nam painting. The state has been displaying 11 paintings at 'the Memorial Hall of Baek Ryun Huh' that was built inside of the state museum in 1992 in order to supply the opportunity for citizens to encounter his works easily as well as to highly value his contribution in development of Korean painting.
05Jiho-ro, Ji Ho Oh(1905~1983)
He was born in Dongbok, Whasun in December, 1905 as a son of Jae Young Oh right after the treaty of the Year of Serpent, who is known as a life member of the Art Academy and a magnate of Western painting. As raised in patriot family, he had strong patriotism and nationalism with his artistic talent. Under the instruction of Young Dong Go after entering in Whimun High School, his art study was begun in earnest and continued at the Art Institute of Korea Art Hall. Afterwards, he entered in a department of Western study at Tokyo Art School and studied a style of the post impressionists. Also, he tried to express Korean nature in Korean color. After he returned to Korea, he organized 'Nokhyang-hoe' to support Korea artists against the art exhibition held by the Japanese Government General of Korea that claimed to stand for movement of modern art in 1928. For a while, he continued his works and inculcated students with patriotism at Song Do High School in Gaesung where many patriots gathered. Then, he returned to Gwangju with establishment of a government in 1948 and settled in Chosil, Jisan-dong to foster the younger generation at Chosun University for 10 years from 1949. Starting from 4.19 revolution, he took the lead for academy democratization and quitted teaching at Chosun University during 5.19 military regime. From that time, he concentrated in artistic activities out of official position as well as in resurrection movement of educating Chinese characters. In order to honor his contribution in development of Western painting, the state has been holding 'the Art Award of Ji Ho Oh' in nationwide for whom to contribute in development of painting through three times. Also, it preserved the grass-roofed house in Jisan-dong, in where he devoted himself to his works until 1982 since he settled in Gwangju, and designated it as a monument. In addition, there are 8 paintings including "Chu Gyung", his representative work, in 'the Memorial Hall of Ji Ho Oh' opened in 1992 at the state museum so that citizens are able to see his works easily.
06Pilmun-ro, Sun Jae Lee
Sun Jae Lee is the writer during Chosun Dynasty with his pen name of Pilmun. He was born in Ijang-dong, Nam-gu, Gwangju in 1390. He was a clever child who studied under the instruction of Yangchon Geun Gwun. As he passed Samasi in 1411, he has been in government service for 30 years. With his great erudition, he participated to alter Koryo History as well as to publish Taejongsilrok(the Annals of King Taejong) 4 times while composing various Gyungchansomun(writing to record happy occasions). There were so many of his writings; however, there is nothing remained by Gichukoksa(treating major offenses during the year of Gichuk). Only the data of dynastic annals and Suamji composed in the next generation. In addition, he contributed to raise to Gwangju-mok since Gwangju was degraded as Mujin-gun at that time as well as to build Heegyung-ru on current spot of Ilgo. In order to honor Sun Jae Lee, the section through Seobang crossroad, Sansu five-way crossing, and Namgwangju five-way crossing was named as "Pilmun-ro“ in 1988.