During the Imjin Patriotic War between 1592 and 1598 the Korean people won a great victory in a battle against the Japanese invaders at the Haengju Mountain Fort. It is called a great victory in Haengju.
Doctor and Associate Professor Ju Song Chol, Section Chief of the History Institute under the Academy of Social Sciences, says: “At that time, the Japanese invaders, who were driven out and flocked in chaos from different places, attacked the Haengju Mountain Fort by mobilizing 30,000-strong aggressor forces in February 1593.
In the fort there were 2,300 armymen and people.
When the enemy attacked, they fought bravely, shooting arrows and rolling stones. Sometimes they went out of the fort for countercharge to annihilate the enemy while showering a fire on them with the guns installed on wagons.
Women in the fort also contributed a large share to the battle. They put stones on their skirts to carry them, greatly encouraging the fighting army and people.”
In the fierce battle, the army and people in the fort repulsed the enemy’s attack and won a great victory. The enemy took to flight leaving countless corpses.
The battle in the Haengju Mountain Fort which defeated tens of thousand aggressor forces was one of the battles holding a brilliant position in the Imjin Patriotic War and it was recorded in history as a “great victory in Haengju”.
Through the victory in the battle, the Korean people demonstrated their bravery and patriotic mettle once again and frustrated the desperate attempt of the Japanese invaders, further precipitating the retreat of the enemy.