Park Ji-won (1737-1805) was a Joseon Dynasty novelist and scholar who used the pen name Yeonam. He stressed the practical learning of modern commerce and technology. Park believed that benefits to the people were more important than pursuing honor and face, unlike the country’s leaders of his time. After traveling to Qing China, he wrote his classic work Yeolhailgi열하일기 about what he learned on his visit in the hope of helping his nation.
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