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A Chinese Traveler in Medieval Korea – Xu Jing's Illustrated Account of the Xuanhe Embassy to Koryo - Hawaii Scholarship Online
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A Chinese Traveler in Medieval Korea: Xu Jing's Illustrated Account of the Xuanhe Embassy to Koryo


In the summer of 1123 Xu Jing travelled on a Chinese embassy ship to Koryŏ. As the secretary in charge of ritual affairs, he was uniquely qualified to observe and record the details of medieval Korean society. He divided the work into 40 thematic chapters, each highlighting different aspects of Koryŏ, including its history, political organization, customs, food, local products, and clothing. It also includes a very detailed description of the travel route from Ningbo in China to the Yesŏng Harbor in Korea. Well known for its description of celadon and Korean mores, the information it presents ... More

Keywords: Koryŏ dynasty (918–1392), premodern Korean society, Northern Song dynasty (960–1127), international relations, Xu Jing (1091–1153)

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Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780824856441
Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016 DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824856441.001.0001
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