Bak Mun-su

Bak Munsu (Korean박문수; Hanja朴文秀; 1691–1756), also known as Park Mun-su, was a Korean government official in the period of King Yeongjo of Joseon in the Joseon Dynasty. He was famous for his lifetime spent protecting the Korean people from corrupt royal officials.[1]

Bak Mun-su
Portrait of Park Munsu.jpg
Portrait of Bak Munsu
Born1691
Died1756(1756-00-00) (aged 64–65)
Bak Mun-su
Hangul
Hanja
Revised RomanizationBak Mun-su
McCune–ReischauerPak Munsu
Pen name
Hangul
Hanja
Revised RomanizationGieun
McCune–ReischauerKiŭn
Courtesy name
Hangul
Hanja
Revised RomanizationSeongbo
McCune–ReischauerSŏngpo
Posthumous name
Hangul
Hanja
Revised RomanizationChungheon
McCune–ReischauerCh'unghŏn

Bak passed the state examination in 1723 and later became a secret royal inspector, or amhaengeosa (暗行御史, 암행어사). He is the most famous amhaengeosa in the history of Korea, and has become something of a legendary figure, and there are many legends surrounding his achievements as an amhaengeosa.

Bak was the son of Bak Hang-han, and a member of the Goryeong Park clan. His pen name was Gieun, his courtesy name was Seongbo, and his posthumous name was Chungheon.[2]

Two portraits of Bak Mun-su have been preserved and are in good condition.

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "박문수" [Bak Bunsu]. terms.naver.com (in Korean). Retrieved 2019-05-31.
  2. ^ 유승주. "박문수(朴文秀) - 한국민족문화대백과사전". Encyclopedia of Korean Culture. Retrieved 17 December 2020.