Ilseongnok: Records of Daily Reflections

Documentary heritage submitted by Republic of Korea and recommended for inclusion in the Memory of the World Register in 2011.

© Kyujanggak Institute for Korean Studies, Seoul National University
Cover of Ilseongnok

Ilseongnok, "Records of Daily Reflections," originated from the diaries kept by King Jeongjo, 22nd monarch of the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910), from before his ascension to the throne in which he reflected on his daily life and academic progress. After his accession, it was transformed from the personal diary of a monarch to an official daily journal of state affairs. It is of unique value with few comparable examples in the world of a diary kept by the kings of a pre-modern despotic monarchy with a view to reflecting on their rule and using it as a reference for future state administration.

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