Korean Illustrative Manuals on Arms and Armaments

Jul 2019
44
Victoria
Hello friends, there has been something bugging me for the past couple of years in my passionate exploration of Korean Arms and Armour. I have learnt through my journey that there is very little knowledge of Korean Arms and Armour and a lack of surviving treaties to the production of Korean arms during the Goryeo period; especially during the 14th century crisis (which to a great disappoint, is my favourite period to learn about)

Why is this? To my knowledge the only descripted documents about Korean arms during the Goryeo period is "Xu Jing's illustrated account of the Xuanhe embassy to Koryo". That is simply not Enough!

EDIT: I'm not actually angry, just disappointed
 

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Jul 2019
44
Victoria
Good question. One thing would be that a lot was lost when the Choson capital was burned down in the 1590s.
Yes that seems likely. I was hoping that some one would prove me wrong by providing a source, but i guess having the Munjeong Sillok is lucky considering how often the capital was looted.
 

Haakbus

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Aug 2013
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Yes that seems likely. I was hoping that some one would prove me wrong by providing a source, but i guess having the Munjeong Sillok is lucky considering how often the capital was looted.
Wait are you aware of the Pyonggi Tosol (병기도설)? It's from 1474 and describes some armor and weapons IIRC.
 
Jul 2019
44
Victoria
Wait are you aware of the Pyonggi Tosol (병기도설)? It's from 1474 and describes some armor and weapons IIRC.
yep, I've heard of it, but yet to see the documents. Do you know where i might be able to access them? I can read somewhat in Korean.
 

Haakbus

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Aug 2013
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yep, I've heard of it, but yet to see the documents. Do you know where i might be able to access them? I can read somewhat in Korean.
I few years ago I was looking into it primarily for information on firearms, some of which I was able to get but I don't know if the source in its entirety is available anywhere.
 
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