The story from South Korea is about the love of a couple named Chunhyang and Yi Mong-ryong. Chunhyang is an ordinary girl who is a street dancer who has a beautiful face. While Yi Mong-ryong came from the aristocratic class because he was the son of the governor of the city of Namwon, Jeolla province. The two lovebirds love each other, even though they know that if the relationship between different social classes will not be condoned.
The story begins with the city of Namwon. An official son named Yi Mong-ryong grew up to be a very handsome young man. One morning, he wanted to see the scenery in the good wild. He also called an assistant named Bangja. “Bangja, do you know of a place where I can see beautiful views in this area?” Said Yi Mong-ryong. “Oh … there is a lord, the place is near the Ojak Bridge, there you can see the beautiful natural scenery,” jawan Bangja. “Then let’s take me there,” said Yi Mong-ryong. Bangja answered, “Alright sir, let’s go.”
They then left for the Ojak Bridge. When we got there, Yi Mong-ryong was amazed to see such a beautiful and fascinating view. Then while Yi Mong-ryong was walking, from a distance he saw a beautiful girl who was playing swing under a tree. Yi Mong-ryong was fascinated by the beauty of the girl and asked Bangja, “Hey Bangja, do you know who the girl is playing with the swing?” Asked Yi Mong-ryong. “Oh … you know, sir, she is named Chunhyang, she come from the grass roots like me, “said Bangja. Bangja said that the girl was not only known for her beauty but also her kindness.
Yi Mong-ryong was even more impressed, so he ordered his servants to come to Chunhyang and tell him he would meet me. Bangja then carried out his master’s orders. Bangja politely told Chunhyang that his master wanted to meet him. But Chunhyang then said to Bangja, “Sorry sir do you know that butterflies have to chase a flower, and geese have to look for the ocean?” Said Chunhyang. Receiving that answer Bangja then excused himself and returned to his master and said what Chunhyang had said.
Yi Mong-ryong became disappointed, but Bangja then encouraged his master and suggested that his master meet the girl himself. Yi Mong-ryong paused for a moment while continuing to look at Chunhyang from a distance, he spoke silently, “It’s true Bangja said, I really have to meet the girl herself, today I was lucky to see her, lest my luck disappear tomorrow, “thought Yi Mong-ryong. But before Yi Mong-ryong met the girl, Chunhyang who felt uncomfortable because he was constantly looked at by Yi Mong-ryong finally ran back to his house.
Since that incident Yi Mong-ryong kept thinking about Chunhyang. He became unable to concentrate while studying because in his head he always pictured Chunhyang’s face. Then Yi Mong-ryong called for Bangja, “Bangja, I have to meet the girl from yesterday tonight, didn’t the girl say that the butterfly must chase a flower ?,” Yi Mong-ryong said. “Come take me to his house,” Yi Mong-ryong continued. Yi Mong-ryong and his assistant Bangja went to Chunhyang’s house without the knowledge of Yi Mong-ryong’s father.
On the other hand, at Chunhyang’s house, his mother was talking to Chunhyang. His mother said that last night he had a dream where there was a blue dragon surrounding Chunhyang’s body and then grabbed Chunhyang and took him flying to the sky. Ms. Chunhyang is confused about the purpose of the dream.
Soon Yi Mong-ryong arrived with Bangja. They conveyed their intention to Chunhyang’s mother that Yi Mong-ryong wanted to propose to Chunhyang. Chunhyang’s mother was very happy, because she knew that Yi Mongrhyong was the son of a noble nobleman, so he called his son to meet Yi Mong-ryong.
Although she is very happy if her daughter will be edited by Yi Mong-ryong, Chunhyang’s mother who understands customary rules is a bit worried. He also said, “I’m sorry, Mr. Yi Mong-ryong, you are from the aristocracy while we are just commoners, of course, an official marriage will not be possible because it is against the custom,” said Chunhyang’s mother.
Yi Mong-ryong and Chunhyang, who had fallen in love with each other, were lethargic at their mother’s explanation. Yi Mong-ryong also said, “Yeah right, but I love your son sincerely I want to marry him, is there no other way that I can be with your child ?,” Yi Mong-ryong asked.
Ms. Chunhyang also said, “Actually there are masters, because of this difference in degree, officially marriage is impossible, unless you write a marriage certificate in secret and promise not to abandon Chunhyang,” added Mrs. Chunhyang.
Then, Yi Mong-ryong took a brush and wrote a sentence that read: “The blue ocean might turn into a mulberry fruit field, and the mulberry field might turn into a blue ocean. But my heart’s desire for Chunhyang will never be changed forever. Heaven and earth, the gods who are witnesses. ”
In short, after that they married secretly. Ms. Chunhyang and Bangja were witnesses. After the secret marriage, Yi Mong-ryong always came to see his girlfriend. They are happy and love each other. Sometimes Chunhyang has to remind her husband to go home and study so that later he can become a big official like his father.
Unfortunately, happiness was not long because the family of Yi Mong-ryong had to move to the capital city of Seoul because of his father’s work. And Yi Mong-ryong must accompany his father. Yi Mong-ryong then came to see Chunhyang and spread the bad news. The couple was forced to separate.
Chunhyang released her husband at the Ojak Bridge. Chunhyang then gave Yi Mong-ryong a ring, “This is a sign of my love for you, keep this ring until the day we will meet again. Go calmly, but don’t forget me. I will remain loyal to you and wait for you to come back to take me away to Seoul, “said Chunhyang sadly. After that they separated.
Before long, a new city official came to replace Yi Mong-ryong’s father in Namwon. This new official named Byun Hakdo, he is very authoritarian. Nothing, he had told his subordinates to bring the prettiest girl from Namwon who was none other than beautiful Chunhyang. With coercion finally Chunhyang was brought to the new official.
Seeing the beautiful Chunhyang, Byun Hakdo was immediately interested and wanted to marry her. Chunhyang refuses softly but Byun Hakdo continues to force. In the end Chunhyang said that he was attached to Yi Mong-ryong. That made Byun Hakdo angry and put Chunhyang in prison.
Even Chunhyang who felt innocent protested, “I didn’t do anything wrong. As a wife, it is the right thing for me to remain loyal to her husband. It’s the same as officials who are loyal to their king, “said Chunhyang while reminding Byun Hakdo. But instead of Byun Hakdo aware, he even more angry until finally Chunhyang lived in jail.
Meanwhile in Seoul, Yi Mong-ryong focused on studying. And while taking the national examination, he passed with high marks. Because of his intelligence, Yi Mong-ryong got an offer to work in the palace to become one of the king’s aides.
When the King congratulated Yi Mong-ryong for successfully passing the exam, the King asked, “Do you want to serve as a royal official?” Asked the King. “I want a position as amhaeng osa (a kind of police inspector),” Yi Mong-ryong answered. The king then raised Yi Mong-ryong as amhaeng osa because it was appropriate for him.
After serving as amhaeng osa, Yi Mong-ryong ventured into ten Korean lands and disguised himself as beggars. He then headed for Namwon. On the way, he approached a farmer. From there he learned that his father’s successor governor named Byun Hakdo was a cruel governor. Farmers are required to pay so much tax that they become poor.
Yi Mong-ryong then asked, “I heard that Governor Byun Hakdo has married Chunhyang and they are now living happily,” Yi Mong-ryong asked for information. Suddenly he was jerked by one of the peasants, “How dare you say that young man, where’s that news from? don’t ever say something you don’t know, Chunhyang is a poor loyal girl. Because of his loyalty, he is now in prison. ”
Then another said, “Chunhyang’s misfortune was none other than the son of the official who used to marry Chunhyang, but in the end left the girl and never returned … what a pity that Chunhyang … kept waiting for that cowardly young man.”
Hearing the peasant’s words, Yi Mong-ryong was shocked, then he left the farmers. On the road he ran into a group of local youths, he heard the young men talking to swear at the new official. What made Yi Mong-ryong even more shocked was when one of the young men said that Chunhyang would be sentenced to death between 2-3 days for not accepting the new governor’s proposal. Yi Mongrhyong became very worried about his wife’s condition, so he devised a plan to release her while continuing to search for information.
Meanwhile Chunhyang was still locked up in prison, he was so sick that his body had become thin and his face was pale. One day, he dreamed of being in his yard, the flowers he had planted were now withered, the mirror in his room was broken, and his shoes were hanging at the entrance. Because of that dream, Chunhyang became anxious and then asked the blind grandfather who was also imprisoned.
The blind grandfather then explained the meaning of Chunhyang’s dream, “The withered flowers will grow again and bear fruit into new flowers, the sound of broken mirrors means the news will be heard throughout the country, while the shoes on the door are a sign that many people will come to say bye.”
Chunhyang also thanked the blind grandfather and hoped that the meaning of his dream would be truly real. But on the other hand Chunhyang did not expect much because in a few more he would be executed concurrently with a party held by the governor.
Meanwhile, Yi Mong-ryong finally arrives in Namwon city and goes straight to Chunhyang’s house. At first his mother-in-law did not recognize him because Yi Mong-ryong was dressed as a beggar. Then Yi Mong-ryong asked his mother-in-law to deliver it to Chunhyang. Thanks to the help of his mother-in-law, Yi Mong-ryong and Chunhyang finally met. Yi Mong-ryong was very happy to see Chunhyang because he had not seen his wife in a long time. The same thing was felt by Chunhyang. Chunhyang then said, “Tomorrow I will be sentenced to death, I want you to come in the morning because I want to see your face for the last time,” said Chunhyang while crying. Yi Mong-ryong and Chunhyang’s mother then left.
Chunhyang and his mother did not know that in fact Yi Mong-ryong was an amhaeng osa, they thought that Yi Mong-ryong’s family had gone bankrupt so that Yi Mong-ryong would later become a beggar.
After that, Yi Mong-ryong also drew up a plan after coordinating the police officers in Namwon. Yi Mong-ryong advised all his subordinates that his disguise should not be exposed before the time comes.
The day of Chunhyang’s party and execution arrived. It is customary for royal officials to throw large parties, beggars will arrive to beg for alms. Yi Mong-ryong also came in a beggar’s outfit.
Yi Mong-ryong joins other beggars. Then he ran into a governor’s subordinate named Yongjang. “Sir … I am very hungry, can you give me some food,” pleaded Yi Mong-ryong. Seeing the beggar, Yongjang felt compassion and then told an assistant to bring food. “Thank you, because you gave me food. I will give you a reply in the form of a poem,” said Yi Mong-ryong.
Yi Mong-ryong stood up to give a piece of paper in the form of a poem he made, the following poem:
Wine filled in beautiful cups
Is the blood of thousands of people
The meat was magnificently presented on the jade table
It is flesh and trouble for thousands of years
What burned at this lavish banquet was the tears of those who were starving.
Noise from the singing of the nobles
It sounds the same as the complaints of the farmers.
Yongjang was shocked to read poem from the beggar Yi Mong-ryong because this poem seemed to insult the officials, he then wanted to ask the beggar but Yi Mong-ryong had disappeared to join other beggars.
Yongjang felt insulted, he then went to Byun Hakdo and gave the poem. Reading the poem, Byun Hakdo was immediately furious, “Who dared to write this poem?” Byun Hakdo asked furiously. “One of the young beggars,” Yongjang said. “Damn that beggar, he has already insulted …,” said Byun Hakdo.
“Guards !!!! Look for the beggar who made this poem and bring it to me, “Byun Hakdo shouted to his guards. The guards rushed to look for beggars in the front yard followed by Byun Hakdo. But not yet out of the yard, Byun Hakdo was surprised because many members of the royal police arrived. Yi Mong-ryong then comes out of the group of beggars and then tells him his true identity. Byun Hakdo was immediately arrested because he had acted unfairly, causing misery to the people.
Now Yi Mong-ryong is taking over the job of Byun Hakdo. He then immediately sent guards to bring Chunhyang to him for trial, “Tell the woman named Chunhyang that the emissary of the king has come to try his case,” Yi Mong-ryong said to the guards. Guards also rushed into the detention room. Once inside, the guards immediately dragged Chunhyang, “Come with us, now is the time for you to be tried because the royal guards have come,” the guards told Chunhyang.
Chunhyang was very scared and cried, calling out to his mother who had accompanied him since morning. “Mother, my life is over mother, goodbye mother … Where is Yi Mong-ryong … why didn’t he meet me at the end of my life ?,” Chunhyang asked his mother. “Don’t say much, let’s hurry up, the royal messenger is waiting,” the bodyguard snapped. Chunhyang was brought to court.
Chunhyang was put on trial, Yi Mong-ryong sat in the judge’s chair behind a white screen covering his face. He then said to Chunhyang, “Chunhyang, this is your trial, if you don’t want to accept Byun Hakdo’s love, what if I ask you to be my wife, do you want? If you want you to be free from your punishment,” Yi Mong-ryong said.
Chunhyang, who was initially afraid of getting angry, said the royal official, “Oh … God … how miserable the poor people in this country are! They are only made slaves to officials, an inspector who is supposed to bring justice to the people, it turns out the same as oppressive governor Byun Hakdo … Oh God show your justice Lord !!!, “Chunhyang shouted.
Yi Mong-ryong then ordered the bailiff to untie Chunhyang’s arm. “Now raise your head and look at me!” Yi Mong-ryong said to Chunhyang. “No! I don’t want to see you, sir, you can punish me immediately, I’m ready to be punished instead of continuing to see the officials’ rottenness and injustice! !!, “answered Chunhyang.
Yi Mong-ryong was touched by his wife’s words. He took off the ring that Chunhyang had given him, then told the guards to show Chunhyang. After Chunhyang saw the ring, he immediately turned around and saw the police inspector. Chunhyang cried happily when he found out the person behind the screen was her husband Yi Mong-ryong. “Oh, God … thank you for showing your justice, yesterday my husband was just a beggar and now a royal inspector !,” Chunhyang said beaming. Yi Mong-ryong and Chunhyang then hugged each other.
Meanwhile, governor Byun Hakdo was tried and revoked his position. He was then exiled to a desert island because of his crime. All the people of Namwon are happy to see the return of Yi Mong-ryong who brought justice and now they are no longer oppressed and live peacefully.
After that, Yi Mong-ryong took Chunhyang to the capital city of Seoul. Yi Mong-ryong reported the Byun Hakdo case and told the King the story. The king was touched to hear the story of Yi Mong-ryong and gave the aristocracy to Chunhyang. For the King, even though Chunhyang was born from a poor family, and his mother was a street dancer, Chunhyang’s attitude was a model that all women should emulate because of his loyalty.
Then Yi Mong-ryong brought Chunhyang to his family. Their relationship is now blessed. A big wedding was held at Yi Mong-ryong’s house. Now Yi Mongrongong and Chunhyang live happily ever after.