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Gojong & Sunjong Added to Choson Annals

January 25th, 2007 . by Gerry-Bevers

I just noticed today that the Annals of King Gojong and King Sunjong have finally been added to the online version of “The Annals of the Chosun Dynasty.” According to a previous message on the site, the records of the two kings were removed because it was feared that the Japanese had somehow manipulated them since they were compiled while Korea was a colony of Japan. I do not know if these new records of Kings Gojong and Sunjong have been edited and sanitized, but I am somewhat suspicious since they were offline for about one year. Anyway, I hope they are the unedited versions.

The Annals of the Chosun Dynasty is a great resource, and I am very grateful to the National Institute of Korean History for making them freely available to the world. Maybe, someday they will even provide translations in other languages..

Another great Korean online history resource is Seoul National University’s Kyujanggak Institute for Korean Studies, a site I simply love. The document and map collection and the technology used to present them online is simply fantastic. Zooming in on the details of a map is like zooming in from a spy satellite. It is amazing.

The above two sites are examples of what great things Koreans can do when they put their minds to something. Now, I hope Koreans will match their technological achievements with a more objective view of history. One of the biggest drags on Korea today is Koreans’ fear of the past. It is time Koreans face that fear and start presenting Korean history as it really was, without propaganda and nationalistic filtering and enhancement. Please, Korea, it is time.


2 Responses to “Gojong & Sunjong Added to Choson Annals”

  1. comment number 1 by: surabaya johnny

    It tickles me to no end that all of the Chosun kings after Yeongjo were direct descendants of a serial killer.

  2. comment number 2 by: Ocebey

    Well Franquly you won’t see me saying any of theses kings or noble should be considered any better or any worse…

    “It is so much to be a king that he is so only by beeing so” Montaigne