History Check: The Joseon Dynasty

Reading about the history is pretty compelling, just to be able to know the encompassing course of events that took place, from muddling up time to turbulent times leading up to progressive growth and development; history in its substantiality-tinted with blood shed, war-hate, anger, power and more is taken up and filled onto the pages of bounded books, printed in ink.

All that was known, events that happened, preserved in writing, chronicled for us to learn, reflect, analyse and do some critical thinking… and that is pretty awesome, especially for a history buff like myself. :3

So I’ve always been curious about North Korea and South Korea, the military enlistment, the culture,the traditions, the politics and just about everything.

That’s what I first read about!

History Check:

We’ll start off with some facts about the last dynasty to rule Korea.

The Joseon Dynasty, founded under Yi Seong-gye, the First King of the Joseon dynasty who was the vital figure behind the overthrowing of the Goryeo Dynasty to establish monarchic power in the Korean Peninsula for almost five centuries until 1910, when the Korean Empire was annexed by Japan. (More on the Joseon Dynasty in the upcoming posts)

  • The mid-to-late Joseon dynasty period is considered to be the golden age of painting which gradually shifted focus from the idealized traditional Chinese influence of landscapes and inclined more towards a more realistic approach.
  • Ceramics was a popular art form during that period, the Joseon dynasty was the longest ruling dynasty of Korea which saw growth and progressiveness in development of culture, science and technology (particularly during the 15th century under King Sejong)
  • King Sejong changed the course of Korea with his introduction of Hangul, the native phonetic alphabetic system for the Korean language, which you all might know 😉
  • King Sejong ‘The Great’, the appellation was due to the prosperous growth and development of the kingdom in many fields.
  • This dynasty adopted Confucianism and Neo-Confucianism ideologies during their governance


  •  Astrological observation, military technology, introduction of Hangul, ancient medicine, literature and architecture.
  • During the 15th and 16th centuries, the Japanese invaded Korea two times, and later The Manchus invaded the Korea which was in a weakened state, peace lasted for another two centuries.


  • It is said that though the royal in-law families gained control of the government, weakening the state of the dynasty, a rebellion to breakout across the country as a consequence of poverty.
  • The dynasty adopted this whole isolation policy, which earned it the term “the hermit kingdom”, basically the kingdom wanted to isolate itself from the outside world.
  • As history goes the dynasty was forced to open up to the invading Japanese forces which later lead to an imperialistic rule under Japan.

I know that this post isn’t quite in-depth, I’ll work on it! What did you think? Like, Share, subscribe and Follow!


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