The Great King Sejong

Who is this king, I wonder…

This question arised to the surface of my very own thought after He was mentioned in the history of Hangul. There’s a scene in 대~한민국 변호사 that showed the picture of this king on a Korean bill. This all has made my question mark get bigger and bigger. What’s the great deal of this king? and so my small study *a short, short historical study* from many different online sources started.

세종대왕 or The Great King Sejong apparently has to different names. He has a birth name of 이도 and a childhood name of 원정. Nowadays, people address him as the fines ruler and the most enlightened king of Korea. 

He became a 충녕대군 at the age of 12 and ascended to the throne although he was not the first in line. The two brothers helped him reign to the throne as they believed it was their duty. By the help of the two brothers, he reigned at the age of 21 and became the 4th king of Jeoson dynasty.

Aside from his contribution in inventing Hangul, This great king also had a lot of achievement as a scholar, philologist, musician, poet, and a skilled swordsman. he also the actor that streghthened the Korean military at that time.

A great contributor to Korean culture and history, indeed. From what I’ve read so far, I can conclude that His love and concern for his nation that helped him developed his talent and created great things at his time. He used his knowledge and heart to rule this nation.

As a scholar that had a great respect to literacy, he supported learning and encourage literature study to the court officials. HeSejong established the Hall of Worthies 집현전 in 1420 in the Gyeongbokgung. It consisted of scholars selected by the king. The Hall participated in various scholarly endeavors, of which the best-known may be the compilation of the 20 works of many fields of study. These also included encyclopedias on Chinese medicine and Korean medicine,  “Koreans’ efforts to develop their own system of medical knowledge, distinct from that of China” (wiki). It also held a compilation of King Sejong’s poems of praising Buddha and the compilation in which Hangul was formulated. In many of his writings, he referred a lot to his sword and swordsmanship.

The sword is a weapon of peace. With this sword I stand ready to defend my lineage, my family, my friends, and always, always our blessed country

The king who love peace with great passion and virtue is loved and respected by Korean. In his days, he governed with integrity, character, intellect and humility.

All that I am, or will be, I have learned from my family, my friends, my teachers, and training with the sword

He was a great king who bravely  trained himself and learned from his mistake.