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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This page was last edited on 26 Augustat Dyhasty institution is to consult a joseeon of experts in Classical Chinese-English translation and Korean studies academics. 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.

Jeoksang archive version into Korean between andresulting in volumes of Han-geul text.

Chos┼Ćn Wangjo Sillok = The Annals of the Joseon dynasty

The Annals of the Choson Dynasty. The Korean language version was published in volumes, providing the Korean public with an opportunity to read the text directly.

In Korea today, the Joseon wangjo sillok is the only extant set of dynastic annals. These were jooseon intact at these locations until the end of Joseon in the early 20th century.

During the ahnals of a king, professional historiographers maintained extensive records on national affairs and the activities of the state.

Three additional copies of the Veritable Records were made by the eleventh month ofresulting in four sets. The daily records collected in this way served as the primary source material for the Sillok compilation project.


These are outlined below. The Historical Repository in Busan was subsequently designated as the official guardian of the Sillok from Mt. Notably, the annals written in early Joseon contain much information that would be difficult to justify according to strict Confucian norms. For the znnals being, for those who cannot read classical Chinese and Korean, you may get a glimpse of the Joseon Annals by reading the sample English translation of the annals of King Sejong by clicking this link.


Dynaaty they were moved to Haeju in the 26th year of King Seonjo, to Ganghwado in the 29th year of his reign and to Myohyangsan Mountain in the 32nd year. Veritable Records were produced for the first seven reigns of Goryeo kings from King Taejo to King Mokjongbut they were destroyed, along with the palace buildings during an invasion by the Khitans in 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, However, when the volume of material to be complied was especially great, officials with excellent writing skills were recruited from throughout the court.

However, they were all destroyed over the course of several wars, and have not been handed down.

The Veritable Records of the Joseon Dynasty represent a valuable historical resource, the likes of which is hard to find anywhere else in the entire world.

The date of the entry may include the following elements, in descending order: Thus, tbe total of four history archives emerged in early Joseon.

Annals of Joseon Dynasty

After the war, five more copies of the Annals were produced and stored in Chunchugwan and the mountain repositories of Myohyang-sanTaebaeksanOdaesanand Mani-san.

Inthe King Sejong Memorial Society began translating the Sillok into Korean, and that project was taken over by the Korean Classics Research Institute in and completed in This includes his surname, personal name, courtesy name, parents’ names, date of birth, his time as a youth, education, and investiture as crown prince.

The Sillok was a record of good and bad state governance as well as the honorable and dishonorable deeds done by both rulers and subjects, thus requiring such strict measures for the compilation and protection of its contents.

Once the compilation project was officially announced and the Committee on Compilation established, the court would issue a countrywide decree requiring the submission of all the daily records kept at home by former dedicated diarist-historians, by officials who once served concurrently as diarist-historians or by surviving family members.


From the Veritable Records of King Sejong, the compilation project would produce one handwritten version of the final draft along with three copies printed with moveable metallic type, and these four sets would be preserved in archives at four different locations.

Such a layout makes the Sillok appear to be the typical annals document, but much more is provided than the facts recorded in a log or koseon.

As such, the Veritable Records are not the typical history planned and written by a specific individual or team of individuals. Jeongjok archive and two volumes of the Gwanghae-gun ilgi were transcribed by hand. Two Thousand Years of Korean Confucianism.

The Myohyang-san copy was moved to Jeokseong-san in 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 was preserved.

Upon completion, the full script of the Annals of the Joseon Dynasty is set to be accessible online, alongside an joseom paper publication. In addition, the Mt. Veritable Records of the Joseon Dynasty.

No printed versions jodeon these documents ever existed. With the passage of time, the rich diversity of the Sillok contents diminished with the focus increasingly put on political matters.

The texts preserved at both sites have collectively been designated as National Treasure No. Previously, the Korean government supported a project to translate the royal compilation into the modern Korean language from the original classical Chinese. The compilers were required to maintain the confidentiality of those notes and the Sillok contents as a whole, while their duty to document fairly and accurately was emphasized at all times.