Park Kyung-ni's Gangwon home becomes museum dedicated to literary giant
The last residence occupied by Park Kyung-ni (1926-2008), one of Korea's literary giants, in Wonju, Gangwon Province, will open its doors to the public as the Park Kyung-ni Museum, Thursday.
The museum ― consisting of the novelist's house and the neighboring Toji Culture Center ― will host a permanent exhibition that celebrates Park's literary achievements, spanning more than five decades.
While living in her Gangwon home from 1998 until her death from lung cancer in 2008, Park authored several poem and essay collections, as well as the incomplete novel, "Butterfly, Let's Go to the Blue Mountain."
Born in 1926 in Tongyeong, South Gyeongsang Province, the celebrated novelist made her official literary debut in 1956 with the publication of two short stories, "Calculations" (1955) and "Black is Black, White is White" (1956) through Hyundae Munhak.
Throughout her career, she wrote nearly 100 novels, short stories and poems, including: "The Age of Distrust" (1957), "The Age of Darkness" (1958), "The Daughters of Pharmacist Kim" (1962) and "The Marketplace and the Battlefield" (1964).