Art and Culture during the reign of King Sejong (r. 1418~1450) of the Joseon Dynasty

Prof. Yi Song-mi
Tuesday, January 21, 2020 -
7:30pm to 9:00pm
Second floor Residents’ Lounge, Somerset Palace
W10,000 for non-members; W5,000 student non-members (with student ID); free for members

Royal Asiatic Society, Korea Branch lecture series


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Art and Culture

during the reign of King Sejong (r. 1418~1450) 

of the Joseon Dynasty


This year marks the 600th anniversary of the beginning of King Sejong’s reign. This lecture highlights several of his illustrious achievements beginning with his invention of han’geul, the phonetic Korean writing system. His other achievements to be discussed are: creation of scientific devices (rain gauge, celestial globe); enacting regulations for the Five Rites of the State; creation of Korean ceremonial court music; innovation in calendric system; development of the moveable metal type called eulhae-ja (1455) for printing the Veritable Records of King Sejong.

Painting, beginning with the court painter An Gyeon’s masterpiece, Dream Journey to the Peach Blossoms Spring (1443), calligraphy by Prince Anpyeong, the third son of King Sejong, and white ware and buncheong ceramic arts of the early fifteenth century set the tone of these arts for centuries to follow.


Photo (at the top): Diorama at the Han’geul Museum showing King Sejong the Great (b. 1397: r. 1418~1450) at work with the creation of Hunmin jeong’eum 訓民正音


Yi Song-mi, Emerita of Art History at the Academy of Korean Studies, previously served as Dean of the Graduate School at the Academy.. She has served as the President of Korean Art History Association. In April, 2014, she served as the Special Lecturer at the Tang Center for East Asian Art History at Princeton University. In September of 2011, she was awarded the medal of the "Order of Civil Merit" from Korean government for her advisory role in the negotiation for the return from France of the Joseon dynasty’s court documents known as uigwe, as well as for her research and publications on them.

Professor Yi was educated at Seoul National University (B.A.), UC Berkeley (M.A.), and Princeton University (Ph. D.). Her recent publications on Korean painting include Searching for Modernity:  Western Influence and True-View Landscape in Korean Painting of the Late Chosŏn Period (2014), the award winning Joseon Dynasty books of Royal Wedding in Art Historical Perspective (Korean, 2008),  Korean Landscape Painting: Continuity and Innovation Through the Ages (2006).

Venue:          Second floor Residents’ Lounge, Somerset Palace,

                      Gwanghwamun (near Anguk Station, across street from Japanese Embassy)

                      * Somerset Palace is no longer providing free parking. 


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