Korean History, Life & Culture

Yi Sun-sin: Episode 2 – To the Frontier!

I still have not set up the podcast feed, and there are still kinks to work out, but I want to stick as closely to my 1 episode per week goal as I can. Those of you who are married to itunes, the time draws nigh! For now though I just went for it without any notes or a script and minimal editing, which cut down dramatically on the time I needed to get it ready. Hopefully the quality of the recording and the show improves with every new release. Every episode from the first to the latest will be on a podcast feed for your convenience soon. In this episode I will talk about the first decade of Yi Sun-sin’s military career, the part that no one knows, but which is essential to his future as a Naval Commander. Remember those nomadic horse tribes (Mongolians et al.), well they are still lurking in the steppes to the north. Find out what Yi Sun-sin plans to do about their habit of raiding and pillaging indiscriminately! Here they come:

Korean Heroes - Nomadic peoples drawing

Just click on the link below to listen to Episode Two:

Yi Sun-sin: Episode 2 – To the Frontier

Thank you for visiting the site, your interest in Korean culture and for listening to the story of Yi Sun-sin!


  1. Lilia Pehowic

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  2. Jang Jae Hyun

    Yi Sun Shin’s military career is famous in other nations too. The Britiain navy soldiers study about Yi Sun Shin’s strategy how he fights with Japanese soldiers. Also, Yi Sun Shin’s bravery is famous, so a lot of kids hear about that and want to be like him. He is one of a hero who saves old Korea.

  3. park heung-jae

    well.. i already knew about yi sun-sin’s life by reading his biography when i was like elementary school. but it’s been too long time since i had read that book, so my memory of yi-sun-sin’s life has been in the shadow of unconsciousness.. haha anyways after listening to this podcast i was like ohh i remember that!
    and all of his hardships.. it was great time to have chance to recall yi-sun-sin’s life again.
    hope to listen next one!!

  4. Young Ho Seo

    The intro music was very impressive in the podcast because I did not expect that traditional sound would come up. I’m so surprised at how much you learned the history of Yi Sun Shin’s life! If only you read a novel called, “칼의 노래” by Hun Kim, it would have definitely helped you to feel more of him as a struggler in a desperate Cho-Sun situation. I heard that it was published into German language as “Schwertgesang.” Too bad that there is no English translation. Oh by the way it is really hard to make a comment because the site keeps saying that I’m trying to duplicate same comments. Something must be wrong with the system.

  5. 유흥알바

    Thank you for your post! it is absolutely nice contents to read!

  6. You shin-young

    Thanks for the episode 2.
    I didn’t expect it would be released that early. Through your episode, I got to know about Yi Sun-sin’s caracter more clearly. It’s not that easy to live with such an uncompromising belief and consistence of his action. He deserves to be called as a real hero. It would be too much if i ask you to act a little when you do your podcast, I mean you need more lively story telling. Anyway I enjoyed it a lot. Thanks again.

  7. MH

    I didn’t know Lee sun sin lived such a hard life. We don’t get to learn about these people in detail in school. It’s good to know about the history, but I personally think that it’s better to use the script because it’s more clear and organized.

    • malleusjl

      Maybe I’ll try a combination of both next time?

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