Joseon

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Joseon

朝鮮 (조선)[1]
1392–1897
Flag of Joseon
Flag of the king of Joseon.svg
Top: Royal standard
(c. 1856–1871)
Bottom: Royal standard
(1882–1897)
Royal coat of arms Emblem of the kingdom (late 19th century) of Joseon
Royal coat of arms
Emblem of the Kingdom of Great Joseon
Emblem of the kingdom
(late 19th century)
Territory of Joseon after Jurchen conquest of King Sejong
Territory of Joseon after Jurchen conquest of King Sejong
CapitalHanseong[a]
Common languagesKorean
Common scriptClassical Chinese, Korean
Religion
Confucianism (state ideology)
Buddhism
Shamanism
Taoism
Christianity (recognized in 1886)
GovernmentAbsolute monarchy[2]
King 
• 1392–1398 (first)
Taejo
• 1863–1897 (last)
Gojong
Yeonguijeong, later Prime Minister[b] 
• 1392–1398 (first)
Jeong Do-jeon
• 1896–1898 (last)
Yun Yong Seon
History 
• Coronation of Taejo
5 August 1392
9 October 1446
1592–1598
1627, 1636–1637
26 February 1876
17 April 1895
13 October 1897
Population
• 1400[3]
5,730,000
• 1500[4]
9,000,000
• 1600[4]
11,000,000
• 1700[4]
13,500,000
• 1900[3]
17,082,000
CurrencyMun (1423–1425, 1625–1892)
Yang (1892–1897)
Preceded by
Succeeded by
Goryeo
Korean Empire
Today part ofNorth Korea
South Korea
Korean name
Hangul
Hanja
Revised RomanizationJoseon
McCune–ReischauerChosŏn
IPA[tɕo.sʌn]
North Korea name
Hangul
Hanja
Revised RomanizationJoseon Bonggeon Wangjo
McCune–ReischauerChosŏn Bonggŏnwangjo
Official name
Hangul
Hanja
Revised RomanizationDaejoseonguk
McCune–ReischauerTaechosŏnguk
IPA[tɛ.tɕo.sʌn.ɡuk̚]

Joseon (Korean: 조선; 朝鮮; July 1392 – October 1897) (also Chosŏn, Choson, Chosun, Cho-sen), was a Korean state started by Taejo Yi Seong-gye. It began after the end of the Goryeo Dynasty at what is today the city of Kaesong. It ended with the assassination of Empress Myeongseong. Joseon was the last dynasty of Korean history and the longest Confucian dynasty.

Today, some Koreans use the word "Joseon" to mean something bad because they think of the Joseon Dynasty as something that failed. Young Koreans use the expression "Hell Joseon" to talk about how hard it is to find a good job in South Korea today.[7]

References[change | change source]

  1. Li, Jun-gyu (이준규) (2009-07-22). (세상사는 이야기) 왜색에 물든 우리말-(10) (in Korean). Newstown. 1392년부터 1910년까지 한반도전역을 통치하였던 조선(朝鮮)은 일반적으로 조선왕조(朝鮮王朝)라 칭하였으며, 어보(御寶), 국서(國書)등에도 대조선국(大朝鮮國)이라는 명칭을 사용하였었다. (translation) Joseon which had ruled from 1392 to 1910 was commonly referred to as the "Joseon dynasty" while "Great Joseon State" was used in the royal seal, national documents, and others.[permanent dead link]
  2. Choi, Sang-hun (27 October 2017). Interior Space and Furniture of Joseon Upper-class Houses. Ewha Womans University Press. p. 16. ISBN 9788973007202 – via Google Books. Joseon was an absolute monarchy
  3. 3.0 3.1 권태환 신용하 (1977). 조선왕조시대 인구추정에 관한 일시론.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 이헌창 (1999). 한국경제통사 52쪽.
  5. "조선력사 시대구분표". Naenara (in Korean). Archived from the original on 2019-07-01. Retrieved 1 July 2019.
  6. "Korean History in Chronological Order". Naenara. Archived from the original on 2019-07-01. Retrieved 1 July 2019.
  7. Mike Williams. "A hope in hell: Why do young people in South Korea refer to their country as hell? The answer depends on who you ask". ABC. Retrieved August 16, 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

Notes

  1. Now Seoul, South Korea.
  2. Style: Yeonguijeong (1401-1894); Naegak chongri daesin (1894-96); Ui jeong (1896-1905)