In the first installment of the Yi Sun-sin series, I mentioned the 과거 -more specifically known as the 신녕무과 military examination, that Yi Sun-sin had to take twice because of a mishap during the third portion of the test, in which he had to demonstrate his horsemanship. I imagine the actual examination was a little less colourful and theatrical than what you will see in the video below, but you get the idea. For those of you unfamiliar with the challenges Yi Sun-sin faced both before and after he broke his leg, here is a short sample of a re-enactment from a present day traditional village:
Yi Sun-sin was born the fourth son of a little known nobleman in Hanyang (Seoul), Joseon (Korea) in 1545. When he was a child in the mid 16th century it was relatively calm on the peninsula, but it did not begin or end that way. Soon the future of Korea would be hanging by a thread and it would be desperate for heroes. Little did he know that his determination to pursue a life in the military would put him in position to alter the course of history for his people and for Asia. This first episode in the Yi Sun-sin series of the Korean Heroes podcast is the story of this great man’s humble beginnings as we set the stage for the Japanese invasion of 1592: The Imjin War.
The file is available to stream or download through the link below and the podcast feed will be available soon! Thank you for your patience and support.
Just a little update for those of you waiting for the first episode; it’s a lot harder to polish up a podcast than I anticipated! I had said I would have it out this weekend, but it is not quite ready yet. I also did not realise that I had to approve comments before they would become visible on the website, so that should be fixed now and everyone who made a comment should be able to see it by clicking on the link at the bottom of this page. Bear with me as I try and work out the production process! Stay tuned for the story of Yi Sun-sin:
Late Joseon Korea:
Piloting the way into the Yi Sun-shin series: A little self-introduction and some context before we delve into the Imjin War and our first hero’s dominance on the sea lanes of Korea. If you’ve already heard the sample then just start from 6 minutes in. Click on the link below to have a listen:
Nanjung Ilgi (Yi Sun-Shin’s War Diary):
Finally, a recording for my small audience to preview before I start the podcast feed. This is a short 6 minute sample of the pilot episode, which itself is a preview of what is to come. Any and all feedback is welcome. The full pilot will be published and available as soon as I get over this cold! Just click on the highlighted link below to listen and/or download: