국립중앙박물관 NATIONAL MUSEUM OF KOREA

Highlights
Gyeonggukdaejeon (National Code)
  • Exhibition Name

    The Code of Joseon Law

  • Culture/Period

    Joseon Dynasty

  • Materials

    Paper

  • Category

    life in society - social system - others - others

  • Dimensions

    32.5x21.5cm

  • Accession Number

    Jeung 3488

  • Location

    Individual Donations Gallery

Gyeongguk daejeon (National Code) is a book containing the basic canon of codes of the Joseon Dynasty, whose compilation was started at the order of King Sejo (r. 1455-1468) and completed during the reign of King Seongjong (r. 1469-1494). It includes the contents of Gyeongje yukjeon (Six Codes of Governance) and other statutes enacted later on. This woodblock-printed book was produced based on the original edition, and was published with the use of metal types in 1661 (the 2nd year of King Hyeonjong’s reign).