Kyujanggak Archives

Uigwe: The Royal Protocols of the Joseon Dynasty

Under the Joseon (Choson) Dynasty from 1392 to 1910, for every significant state function, a Uigwe (Royal Protocol) would be issued. A committee would be set up in advance and decisions taken as to the exact form the ceremony was to take.…

Seungjeongwon ilgi, the Diaries of the Royal Secretariat

At the heart of the Joseon (Choson) Dynasty's desire to ensure that every significant political event in the Kingdom be properly recorded were the Diaries of the Royal Secretariat. A group of elite scholars in the Royal Secretariat noted down…

Ilseongnok: Records of Daily Reflections

From the beginning of the Joseon (Choson) Dynasty (1392–1910), a great deal of importance was placed on the meticulous recording of state events. A daily official record was kept, later to be used to draw up the official history of the reign. These…

The Annals of the Choson Dynasty

From 1392 the Choson Dynasty had a Bureau of Annals Compilation, which kept a daily record of all that passed in the Kingdom and prepared a Draft History year by year of the major events. Once a King died, these records and the other records of the…