Korean Heroes

Korean Heroes from Ancient Times to the Present: A journey through Korean History

Yi Sun-sin: Episode 1 – Born to Be Brave

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.

korean heroes mounted archer


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.

Yi Sun-sin: Episode 1 – Born to Be Brave


  1. You shin young

    March 29, 2016 at 2:39 AM

    Wow!! What a wonderful job you did!
    It sounds really professional.
    Backgroud music, speaking speed and the way of telling a story etc, all was perfect. Especially, it was very nice of you to point out that what happened in europe and asia at that time. I expect that i can learn a lot about general history as well as koreanheroes. I’m looking forward to having next episode. Thanks

    • Thanks to have me think about Korean heroes agin at this time of difficult time. It would be good for our children to listen to stories at the bedside when they go to bed, getting them to have national pride and be patriotic.

  2. Thank you for your interest about Korean history, especially Yi Sun-sin.Thanks to you I’m getting know about him a lot in details.

  3. What I want to say for the first is, that I feel so thanksful of your create. Usually, Koreans feel indifferent about our history after highschool because it seems not useful as English in our lives. But you, who’s even from foreign country seems having more interest and knowledge about ours. So I felt a bit of shame and thanksful toward you.
    And I really love the theme music, though! But what I love the most was comparing Joseon with Europe in the same era. I’m learning about history about Europe now, so it caught up my ears! Anyway, I think this content is very convenient to listen, easy to understand and well-designed! Thank you for your efforts!

  4. It’s my first time to learn Korean history by in English. I’ve been taught histrory, just reading textbook, but It’s more interesting that studying Korea with comparing to England. I didn’t know that Yi Sun-sin broke his leg during exam. Also, i amazed that he completed exam with broken leg. I feIt I don’t have much knowledge about Korean history, so I would have to study more about that. Thank you.

  5. Baek Seongcheol

    April 4, 2016 at 12:49 PM

    When asked who is the person to be respected in our history, I have always said Yi Sun-sin. However, I did not know details of Yi Sun-sin. Thank you! We were able to know the fact that we did not know about Yi Sun-sin. You are really great!!! I respect you!! I also will study more and more about history. Thank you again!

  6. It was a good time to know korean history about Yi Sun-sin. I have no interest in history, but you makes me reflect on myself. And you makes me have interest in history. Thank you.

  7. I hate the word hero. hero is always bored image in my head pounding enemies to rescue people.
    But through Yi Sun-sin is somewhat biased about the hero it seems to have disappeared.
    Thanks to you was done a little bit more the opportunity to think about the history of Korea.

  8. Untill now, I didn`t know specific story about Yi Sun-sin. Throughout this site, I learned many things and regreted my indifference to Korean history. Thank you!!

  9. Park So Hyeon

    April 4, 2016 at 4:15 PM

    I learned a lot of knowledge abour Yi Sun-shin which I haven’t known. I have been indifferent to our history. But I could reflect on myself through this time. It was worthwhile time for me and I learned Yi Sun-shin had had a strong influence to our history more than I have thought. So, I respect him more than before. And I became interested in other stories about our history and decided I will learn other stories about our history. Thanks for you.

  10. When i was young, I heard the audio file that explained historys on my bed. Your voice made to conjure up that time. Frankly speaking, I was ashamed that I didn’t know more detail about our hero. Thank you for the opportunity to get a lot of useful information.

  11. 오은지

    April 4, 2016 at 10:44 PM

    I surprised you know many things about our hero, Lee sun sin. I realized I need to learn and have interest about Korean history. ( I have problem with my account, so I couldn’t hear your voice. I read this,instead. Sorry..)

  12. I’m very surprised with your job! What a wonderful website!
    Your posting is much more professional, and have lots of detail than what I know about YI SUN SIN.
    Even though I am Korean, I got new knowledges about YI SUN SIN through this posting.
    If foreigners visit your website, they can understand and learn about history of Joseon easily, because of your comparison history of Joseon with Europe at the same time.
    With your postings, I’m very proud to be Korean! Thank you for your job!
    +) The design of website is nice… It looks so bravery.

  13. Thank you for lettinf me know so many details about Lee Sun Sin. It will help me with learning korean history.

  14. wow, what a wonderful, great job !! It is becoming better and better. especially, I think finishmusic was fantastic. your eyesight of choosing music is like a professional person. Ok, I am waiting next episode.

  15. I like your class, because i can learn 16th century`s europe and korean history too. In addtion, l can study more about korea in detail.

  16. You are very great teacher!! I’m korean, but I don’t know Lee Sun Sin’s accomplishment very well. I learned many things about 16th century Joseon Dynast. Furthermore I was surprised that a similar problem in Europe and Korea. Thank you for making this viedo!!

  17. Park sin young

    April 8, 2016 at 11:14 PM

    Spain and Japan had powerful army lasted several hundreds in that period. Also they sent a fleet to England and Korea. Japanese army was 3 times more bigger than Spanish army. Spanish army was small and weather helped spain when they had invaded England. When Japan had invaded Korea, Korea had no information about invasion of Japan, so They were in panic.

  18. I compared spanish armada with imjin war : japanese invasion. Spanish had giant fleet and global empire. And japan had a fleet too. In addition, Spanish army was pretty vigor than England, But weather helped england so people say ‘god was on england’. Japanese army was stronger than korean. Spanish army was much bigger than Japan. and when spanish army attacked England, england was attack too, but when japan attacked korea, korea was retreated.

  19. After listening this audio, i learned lots of things about Yi sun sin.
    comparing Spanish armada with Imjin war, there are some common grounds and differences.
    Both Spain and Japan wanted to found a colony and invaded other country.
    but England was prepared so well, but Korea was insufficient about war.

  20. Both of Spanish Armada and Imjin war had sent a fleet. Spain army was strong. And English army was weak. Although English navy attacked. And lucky weather helped England. Like this, Also, Janpan army was strong. and Korea army was weak. Unlike English, Korean navy retreated. Korea didn”t know about japan’s situation. Add speaking to, record file introduction’s music was very impressive.

  21. I thought many things about lee sun sin and the imjin war,listening this audio. Spanish armada and imjin war had something in common. Both spain and japan attacked other country and caused the war. Yet, when england was attacked to spain, england counterattacked. On the other hand, korea was much weaker than japan and korea retreated.

  22. I don’t know about lee sun-sin’s childhood. and most people don’t know about lee sun-sin’s childhood. but they maybe know he’s war. This podcast gives us very interesting topic and lee sun sin’s information. I am so happy that I get information.

  23. I’m really impressed with your writing skills and also with the layout on your blog.
    Is this a paid theme or did you modify it yourself?
    Anyway keep up the excellent quality writing, it’s rare to see a great blog like this one today.

  24. Thank you for a very informative web site. What else may I get that type of info written in such an ideal method?

  25. Good post. I absolutely appreciate this site. Stick with it!

  26. Excellent blog post. I definitely love this site. Stick with it!

  27. Reading your content gave me a lot of interesting info ,
    it deserves to go viral, you need some initial traffic only.
    How to get initial traffic? Search for: masitsu’s effective method

  28. This link that Yi Soon Shin: Warrior and Defender are great. The legibility of the text is nice and I can easily recognize the characters through pictures. The audio files that have been recorded are in moderate speed. I think that it is great that I can download the audio files. It is useful and convenience.

  29. Every data classification is doing well.
    Detailed explanations and data to understand
    thanks to the proper pictures easy.
    And thanks to the recorded files directly,
    Admiral Yi Sun-Sin was able to feel
    your sincerity and passion for.

  30. This is really professional work. I was always wanted to know the details about ‘Yi Sun Shin’. And this is not really hard to understand, even though it’s in English. Espacially, this episode (about Imjin War) is really interesting. This work will be my experience to get to know him more. I also like the title “Born to be brave”. It really matches to Yi Sun Shin.

  31. I think Yi Soon Shin is very brave and smart man since he was young. I really impressed by your interet about Yi Soon Shin. Most korean people konw Yi Soon Shin but we olny know his achievement. Nevertheless you are foreigner, you have more interst and knowledge about Yi Soon Shin than korean. So, i really thanksful to you that you give a chance to me to know about Yi Soon Shin more detailed.

  32. It’s my first time to learn Korean history in English, but it wasn’t hard to understand. And also I listened the podcast first time. I think it’s great way to learn something lighthearted. Thank you for introducing this method. I’m surprised your knowledge, even I didn’t know some of them. It was interesting!

  33. When I get on this site, I was surprised because this website has developed than the first semester. I think it shows that you’re really interested in korean heroes and history. I’m a korean and an university student but still I’m not interested in history. I felt shame and I’m happy to be taught by you. And the comments on B&A is good to understand your British and American culture lesson. Thank you for teaching and sharing this site to us.

  34. Hearing your recording, I was touched by your devotion. Thanks for giving the chance that I can learn about admiral Yi Sunsin. I was interested in him but I didn’t know very well. Through your website, I got a lot of information about him!
    I will be a big fan of your website. Please keep on posting many stories! 😀

  35. When i was elementary school, teachers was always said about respect person. One of the people is yi soon shin . especially there is many famous combat. Many people is remember combat that myung rang combat. It is famous combat

  36. I think it’s the time we really need leader like Yi Soon Shin in Korea. So the context really does make me think about what kind of person Yi Soon Shin was. I hope foreigners could get to know this website and have a chance to learn about the immortal Yi Soon Shin. To talk about the formation, not only the organization of the context but also the appropriate illustrations really helps understanding the text. But i found a little systematic problem. when i try to approach the website with my phone, the breaks between the paragraphs are occupying too much space. So i think it should be fixed to make the legibility higher. And also, i think the font is too bold. I believe You could find better font that might increase readability.

  37. After looking around website, I thought that it is organized very well and I am thanksful to you that I could get a lot of detailed information about Yi Soon-Shin by listening this record in website. It was interesting stories!

  38. While reading the informations that were writed in this website, I feel that this website is really helpful. I can learn about not noly Korean history ,especially Yi Sun sin, but also British and America history. It’s really good for me!

  39. Reading your content is pure pleasure for me, it deserves to go viral,
    you need some initial traffic only. If you want to know how to get it search for: blackhatworrens strategies

  40. Someone essentially help to make seriously posts I would state. This is the first time I frequented your web page and thus far? I surprised with the research you made to create this particular publish amazing. Great job!

  41. The podcast I heard is very informative. While I heard the story, I am thinking about the quality of heroes. Are heroes meant to be, or gradually developing themselves as heroes? I think the latter is true. No one is meant to be heroes. Heroes constantly improves themselves to be heroes as Yi Sun sin practiced his archery and horse riding. For me, it’s good time to rethink about our history and Korean heroes. Thanks for giving me such a meaningful time! 🙂

  42. “Great Blogpost! You post interesting articles here. Your blog deserves_ much more visitors.”

  43. Thank you for this poster.
    It was a story about Yi Soon Shin who I always knew, but it was a new feeling when I saw it in English.
    For the first time, I thought I would be able to reach other foreign friends more easily. The story started from the birth of Yi Soon Shin and people can know his ability to shoot the bow through photography.
    I was also curious about other stories, and I felt the charm of translating it into English and seeing it.

  44. Very good website – bookmarked

  45. I am really impressed together with your writing abilities and also with the
    format for your blog. Is this a paid theme or did you customize it your
    self? Anyway keep up the excellent quality writing, it’s uncommon to look a great
    blog like this one these days..

  46. Great article, totally what I wanted to find.

  47. I so love your sense of humor! =B

  48. Where by have you found the resource for the following post? Awesome studying I have subscribed to your site feed.

  49. What’s up colleagues, its fantastic piece of writing concerning teachingand completely defined, keep it up all the time.

  50. It works very well for me

  51. A motivating discussion is worth comment. I do believe that you ought to write more about this subject matter, it may not be a taboo matter but usually folks don’t discuss such issues. To the next! Best wishes!!

  52. Like!! I blog quite often and I genuinely thank you for your information. The article has truly peaked my interest.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

© 2020 Korean Heroes

Theme by Anders NorenUp ↑