Illustrated Stories Exemplifying the Five Confucian Virtues


By order of King Jeongjo, the 21st king of the Joseon Dynasty (reigned 1724–76), Oryun haengsildo (Illustrated stories exemplifying the five Confucian virtues) was made by binding together two books of ethics drawn from the Chinese classics. These were Samgang haengsildo (Illustrated conduct of the three bonds) and Iryun hangsildo (Illustrated stories exemplifying the two Confucian virtues). The book describes the achievements of 150 models extracted from ancient Korean and Chinese literature. Topics covered include relationships between the king and his servants, fathers and sons, husbands and wives, the elders and the young, and finally, friends. The work includes illustrated episodes in Chinese with simple annotations in Korean, added to help the general population, who could not read the Chinese, understand the meaning.

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4 volumes: illustrations; 33.5 x 20.6 centimeters; metal movable type


  • Displayed is volume 1.

Last updated: October 17, 2011