Flood waters in South Korea have washed out a stone tablet in Chinese, prompting Koreans to cry shame and splash paint on the tablet

2022-06-10 0 By

Feng jicai said: “Time aphasia but stone can speak.”Time, walking, history has passed, always do not say, time and matter, are witnesses, never lie.In 1963, South Korea was ravaged by floods, which affected people’s lives to a certain extent.Unexpectedly, when the flood passed, a stone tablet with Chinese characters was washed out.Many people know that South Korea was a vassal state of China in history.Therefore, it is not surprising to find a stone tablet inscribed in Chinese on Korean soil.However, after reading the above content, south Koreans are not only not happy because of the discovery of cultural relics, they cry shame, even some activists directly threw paint on the stone tablet, what is the matter?To understand why, we have to go back to the first Emperor of the Qing Dynasty, Huangtaiji.In 1636, The founding emperor of the Qing Dynasty, Huangtaiji, invaded Korea and launched the Bingzi Rebellion.Soon after, Joseon was defeated, and the war ended with Joseon becoming a vassal state of the Qing Dynasty. In joseon’s territory, a monument to the achievements of the Qing Emperor was erected.The first was to show the power of Huangtaiji, and the second was to intimidate the Koreans and make them willingly submit to the Qing.Two years later, a monument to the virtues of the Qing Dynasty was erected in what is now Seoul.The monument is 5.7 meters high, 3.95 meters long and 1.4 meters wide.Besides Chinese characters, there are Manchu and Mongolian characters on the stele.The contents of the stone tablet mainly reflect the “kindness” of Qing Dynasty emperor Huangtaiji to Joseon.Later, due to the war, the tablet was gradually buried underground.As the monument is buried, a period of history seems to have been selectively forgotten.It was not until 1913 that the monument was excavated and re-erected.Fast forward to 1956, when the world was already at a relatively stable stage.Although the monument survived the war, it did not escape the minister of The Ministry of Culture and Education.In his view, the monument, though not erected in recent years, is a symbol of South Korea’s shame.In this way, some time later, the monument was buried again in the ground.But the fate of the tablet is not yet sealed.In 1963, Korea was hit by a flash flood, and after the flood, the monument returned to people’s sight.After learning what was on the stone and where it came from, south Koreans immediately cried shame.In their view, their country was once a vassal state of China, which is not very honorable.However, the Korean government at that time did not think so. In the view of the government, the stone tablet has high historical value and is worthy of being treasured as a cultural heritage.Most important to them, of course, is that the stone is a reminder of their nation’s history and shame.As a result, the South Korean authorities protected the monument.In 1983, the then South Korean president ordered the monument to be relocated and a park built near the monument.However, no one thought, when the time jump to 2007, the monument of merit is about to encounter misfortune.It is reported that one day in 2007, the monument was damaged by some extremists in South Korea, who brought red paint to the monument and used the paint to write Some Korean characters on it to protest against its existence.Soon after, the South Korean who perpetrated the incident was captured with repeated statements that he was unhappy with the monument and that it should be removed as a symbol of national shame.Later, The South Korean side also changed the location of the monument.It is reported that the South Korean authorities also ordered the removal of the bronze plate under the monument, under which the former Leader of the Joseon Dynasty Injo saluted To Huangtaeji.Perhaps the South Korean side also hopes to ease the mood of the South Korean public through such a way.Cultural relics carry a lot of history, and so does this stone tablet.It records the power of the Qing Empire and the relationship between China and other countries in history.For Koreans, it is a stone monument to record their past years, of course, it is a precious cultural relic to witness history.Although the content of the stone monument is about the history of Korea’s subordination to the Qing Dynasty, the history is long gone, and the reaction of some Korean nationalists to the monument is too fierce.It has to be said that if people have been too concerned about this matter, in fact, it indirectly shows that in their mind, their country is not strong enough.That’s why they’re so scared.History is like a stone, full of vicissitudes, but never words.But every time we slowly unpeel the history, we will find many unexpected things, in the discovery again and again, in each precious cultural relic, the history is there, it does not speak, let alone disappear.Reference: The Nation knew;