The Annals of the Choson Dynasty. Documentary heritage submitted by Republic of Korea and recommended for inclusion in the Memory of the World Register. Free database of the annual record of the Joseon Dynasty of Korea. Available in the Hangul scripts as well as the original classical Chinese texts. The centuries-old Annals of the Joseon Dynasty also known as the Joseon Wangjo Sillok, are set to be translated into English. The National.

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These records were used solely as a reference when deciding matters to state administration. Taebaek version Sillok totals 1, fascicles in books. The completed Sillok were then stored in archives that were built expressly for this purpose. The two scholars took turns guarding the precious documents for more than a year, until they could be handed over to the government authorities in the seventh month of Jeongjok archive and two volumes of the Gwanghae-gun ilgi were transcribed by hand.

The daily records collected in this way served as the primary source material for the Sillok compilation project.

After the war, five more copies of dynasyt Annals were produced and stored in Chunchugwan and the mountain repositories of Myohyang-sanTaebaeksanOdaesanand Mani-san. At the same time, any diarist-historian who allowed his the contents of his notes to be leaked would face heavy punishment. Succeeding kings carried on this tradition of annals production, and strict rules and procedures were followed in the compilation and maintenance of the Sillok archives.

The Sillok records, in chronological order by year, lunar month and daythe events that occurred and reports that were submitted during a given ruler’s reign. The Veritable Records were written in classical Chinese, making them inaccessible to the average reader.

When information on these persons is incomplete, it is to be supplemented by the public opinion toward them, or his own writings and tombstone epitaph.

Veritable Records of the Joseon Dynasty

On March 22,meanwhile, responsibility for the books that were once stored in the Mt. Each typhoon, earthquake and other natural disaster that occurs in outlying regions must be recorded without fail by examining the reports that were submitted the throne at the time of occurrence.


Two copies of the completed annals joseob each king were produced initially, with one being stored at the Office of Annals Compilation in the capital and the other kept at the Ths archive. Retrieved 16 October Rather, they were produced by the Office of Governor-General of Korea between andat a time when Korea had lost her sovereignty to Imperial Japan, and the accounts on the Korean emperor and imperial family were greatly distorted.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: For flash news on Korean culture, you can also follow me on Twitter Kalbi For instance, King Taejong fell from a horse one day and immediately told those around him not to let a recorder know about his fall.

Even the king could not interfere with the recording of the historiographers — one incident was that Joseoon Taejong fell off his horse while hunting and asked the historiographer not to record this.

However, the country lost her sovereignty to Japan inand the Veritable Records of jooseon Joseon Dynasty were once again put into great peril. Mani on Ganghwa-do suffered extensive damage during the Manchu invasion of Joseon in You are commenting using your Twitter account.

Written during the Japanese occupation of Korea, Gojong sillok and Sunjong sillok are regarded as “unreliable documents” by Korean academics because of the influence of Japanese officials on their compilation as well as annls falsification of historical events. A recorder wrote both Taejong’s fall and his words not to record it.

Part of the Mani-san copy was lost during the Manchu invasionand the surviving volumes moved to Jeongjok-san in In principle, the year after the thr ascends the throne i. Some survived even after destruction caused during the Japanese Invasion and the Qing Invasion Notify me of new comments via email. Email required Address never made public. A notation on the Chinese emperor’s reign year is placed below the Joseon ruler’s reign year.

The original recorders recorded every word and act of the king in ov Sacho although not all details were included in the final version. Origins of Sillok Compilation.

Twenty-seven 20 from the Veritable Records of King Jungjong and 7 from the Veritable Records of King Seonjo of the 74 books that escaped destruction in the earthquake were transferred to Seoul and put in the Keijo Imperial University Library on May 28, These daily accounts became the Sacho “Draft History”. The translated version will not only ease research for overseas Korean studies scholars, but also enable anyone to discover more about Korean history, including those fascinated by Korean historical TV dramas such as Daejanggeum lf Deep-rooted Tree.


All imperial decrees from China and royal edicts related to the present dynasty Joseon are cited directly. The annals for the early Joseon rulers record dybasty season along with the lunar month e. The collection covers the reigns of 25 rulers, from King Taejo to King Cheoljong, and spans a period of years.

It starts with the Veritable Records of King Taejo. Thereafter, the four sets of annals produced for each reign through Cheoljong r.

Mani, while the revised master set went to Mt. The Korean language version was published in volumes, providing the Korean public with an opportunity to read the text directly. In the Later Joseon period when there was intense conflict between different political factions, revision or rewriting of sillok by rival factions took place, but they were identified as such, and the original version fynasty preserved.

Each division was responsible for compiling the records covering a predetermined number of successive reign years. They heard the news that the invading Japanese troops had reached Geumsan in the sixth month of and used their own funds to move fascicles of Sillok texts, covering the reigns from Taejo to Myeongjong, as well as other documents stored in the Jeonju archive, to Eunbong-am, a Buddhist hermitage on Mt.

Veritable Records of the Joseon Dynasty – Wikipedia

The Veritable Records of the Joseon Dynasty were preserved for centuries in archives that were located in remote, mountainous areas around the country. Myohyang to a new archive on Mt.

The Sillok at Mt. Then they were moved to Haeju in the 26th year of King Seonjo, dynasgy Ganghwado in the 29th year of his reign and to Myohyangsan Mountain in the 32nd year.

The collection is massive in terms of sheer volumes.