Yi I

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Yi I on the currently circulating 5,000 won note

Yi I (December 26, 1536-1584) was a Korean Confucian scholar. His mother was a famous calligraphist, Shin Saimdang. He was very intelligent as a child, learning to read at three and being very bright at his studies. He was also devoted to his parents: when his mother was sick, he prayed to his ancestors to heal her; and when his father was sick, he cut his own finger with a knife and let his father drink his blood (at that time, people thought human blood was very good medicine).

Work book[change | change source]

  • Seonghakjipyo(성학집요 聖學輯要)
  • Gyukmongyogyul(격몽요결 擊蒙要訣)
  • Donghomundap(동호문답 東湖問答)
  • Gijasilgi(기자실기 箕子實記)
  • Gyungyeonilgi(경연일기 經筵日記)
  • Suneon(순언 醇言)