Korean History, Life & Culture

Yi Sun-sin: Episode 5 – Catch a Tiger by the Tail

It’s been awhile, but it is high time we got back into the story of the immortal Yi Sun-sin.  The main narrative, including his first naval encounter is set to begin.  He has been preparing for this moment since the moment his was promoted.  He has now been presented with what many historians and politicians refer to as “a crisis of opportunity.”  He is in complete control of the last organized military resistance in Korea.  No one is expecting any sort of offensive maneuver, not even the Joseon ministers themselves.  However, armed with the confidence born of extreme dedication and purpose, and burning with the desire to avenge and punish, Yi Sun-sin somehow maintains his composure as he advances through the island chains and jagged coastlines of southern Korea toward the Japanese menace.

Presenting episode 5, where Yi Sun-sin’s true genius is put on display.  Prepare yourself for the real debut of the Korean god of war, the greatest hero in Korean history: 충무공 (The Duke of Loyalty and Warfare) Admiral Yi Sun-sin.

Yi Sun-sin: Episode 5 – Catch a Tiger by the Tail



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  3. Cha Ju Hyun

    I know Yi Sun Sin is great leader. And I have interest about him. So I saw movie about him and went history museum. Your website makes me think about Yi sun sin one more time. And I saw your interest at korean heroes in this website. Thank you for inviting me to your website and have a good day 🙂


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    I have some foreign friends and some of them are asking me about Korean histories or the famous historical people but I don’t know how to explain them. However, now I can show your pages! hahah 🙂 I hope you write more about Yi Sun- sin and I think it will be better if there is a story telling for foreigners to understand more easily. Thank you!

  5. Da Jin Han

    When I first knew that you have your own website about korean heroes, I was so impressed. These days, even Koreans are not interested in Korean history. Since I was young, I have seen Lee Sunshin as the best general in Korea, but I have never studied anything deep about him. Through your website, I want to study more about him.

  6. Park Min Ji(박민지)

    My major is korean history. But, I didn’t study about Yi Sun-Sin. So, I reflect on myself through your web site. Yi Sun-Sin is very famous person in Korea. So, I think there is a trend that overlook the history of him. Because most people consider that people know well about Yi Sun-Sin. But, I realized that I don’t know about him, and I make a resolve to study more about him. Finally, I was very impressed because all of time, I studied from documents of Chinese character. But your site is composed of English. So, I study about Yi Sun-Sin refreshingly. I feel Yi Sun- Sin’s courage and achievement by your site. Thank You.

  7. Lee Na Young

    First of all, I am surprised that you have lots of passion of koreanheroes. Today, most people don’t have any intersts about history. Eventually, Korean students must have a history-test in Korean SAT because they don’t know word’s mean, invasion from the North Korea.
    Anyway, I am impressed about “Yi Sun-Sin somehow maintains his composure”. I can see the braveness of Yi Sun-Shin through your posting. Thank you to give me a chance reading about him.
    I will cheer your special activities writing about historic people of Korea.

  8. Park Su-Ah

    I knew a lot of information about Korea’s history,
    including Yi Sun-Shin’s story. Because I learned Korea’s history from a child to now. Even when he stood at the edge of the cliff, I thought that Yi Sun-Shin, who saved the country, was really great.
    This site made a long story reminiscent of Yi Sun-Shin. Thanks to your site, I obtain lots of informations. I hope many peoples know this site and they have lots of respect about Yi Sun-Shin.

  9. In Hye Choe

    I am pretty sure lot of Korean like 이순신 . He is a real national hero in Korea. When I was 7 I read “Immortal Yi sun Shin”, it was awesome because just one person had accomplished a monumental work. “The battle is to the strong” Not Toyotomi but Yi Sun Shin was the strongest man in the battle.

  10. 항소성

    When I came in the website, top of the picture stood out for the first time.There is a lot of information about him on this site so I’m happy to know that. Thank you for giving me an opportunity that I can learn Korean history like Yi Sun – Sin.

  11. Seong Kyeong Lee

    From my childhood, I learned that Yi sunshin is a hero. But I have never looked deep into him..
    As I read the post, I became more respectful of Yi Sunsin. I think He had a lot of pain in his life. Nevertheless, He was loyal to the country and loved the people. I want to be a person with such leadership.

  12. Lee Gwang Hee (이광희)

    I really surprised that one who is not Korean has studied and researched Korean history that so deeply that even Koreans didn’t know well. I, I mean, who were born in Korea and has lived for whole my life don’t know what Yi sun shin actually did. Actually, I know a sort of history of Yi sun shin like he won the war against japan and made turtle ship but I have never tried to find out what he has done and looked up to Wikipedia or textbook. But after I heared the wonderful history of Korean hero Yi sun shin, I was really touched and now I am becoming to one who is interested in history. I think this time it is my turning point in my life. So, I want to say thank you for helping me to be history lover.

  13. SeonCheol Kwon

    I learned that the cannons in back then was built from technologies from few centuries ago. But eventually they did the job when they were suppose to be beaten by reasonal thinking. Also Sunsin lee really had mind state of another level which he could have just forfeited.
    About the page, i pesonally think it’s very neat. If you have some video clips that you can share, it would be helpful to put up a link to help audience out about what you are talikng about. For example about the turtle ship etc. And i’m looking forward to listening podcast with the comicbook artist.

  14. Su Hyun Jeong

    I really appreciate your interests in Korean History. I’m very impressed with detailed and interesting information about Yi-Sun Sin. There is a lot of information about him on this site so I’m happy to know that. The materials you made are so valuable that I hope many people will visit this nice site and know Korean Heroes in detail. Thank you for giving me an opportunity that I can learn about Korean History in English.

  15. Eun Ji Kwak

    I am interested in history, but I didn’t know Yi soon sin well like this story. This posting is very useful and valuable to understand Korean history. I am proud of him and touched. I appreciate your interests in Korean history! I think you know much more about Korean history than me, so I am ashamed of it. I want to recommend “A war diary”(난중일기) which was written by Yi soon sin. The book was designated as World Heritage by the UNESCO!

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  17. 권경미

    First of all, thank you and applause for your attention to Korean history.
    I could imagine the situation of the war at the time listening to your explanation, so to speak, it’s like watching a documentary.
    You don’t just list fragments of information but you explain about the back story, circumstances in every direction and even inferences like canno bey the great king 세종.
    It’s a good thing that we have a smart man like you who are good at history.

  18. 조순임

    Your story about 이순신 is so relevant to recent situations in Korea. Because he’s been represented as a hero of ‘a crisis of opportynity’, just like as you mentioned.
    I wonder how you could forsee !
    You must have some distinguished ablity!
    I hope we will be able to overcom these crises with his lesson from you~

  19. Kim Eunbi

    I think Yi Sun-sin is the greatest hero in Korea. He protected Korea his best more than anyone.So I really respect him. Your site shows Yi Sun-sin well. I hope many people see this site so know Korean history more and think about it.

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    A god of war, great leader, excellent strategist…
    Through your episodes I got convinced how amazing hero he is!! Not just because of his achevement but also his personality and caracter.
    I’m really proud of him.
    Thank you for letting me know about this.
    Inserting sound track was good attempt, I enjoyed it
    You never disappoint me.
    Looking forward to the next episode.

  21. Jung Hyunwook

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  22. Seo Jeongmo

    This site will be helpful to the people who want to know more about Korean history. Despite I’m a Korean, I didn’t know well about Yi Sun-Sin and Japanese invasions of Korea. While listening the audio I get to know about existence of heaven, earth, black, yellow cannon. And the fact that only three Joseon naval forces was damaged in battle of Ok-po is amazing.
    Additionally, I think Koryeo general Kang Gam Chan who beat Georan at the battle of Kui-Ju is also good to posting.

  23. Jin sun hye

    Through this website, I learned our history and Yi sun-sin more deeply . I think that you’re best professor who have great knowledges in various fields. Thank you for paying attention my comment.

  24. Jeri Wang

    I like this website very much! It looks clear and clean. The pictures are also interesting which makes the content more vivid. The author also uses a lot of explanation for us. The content are very specific and abundant so we can get the information easily. More important, the structure of this website is definite, I can find what I want easily. This website is more like a great history books, it is also beautiful.I was attracted immediately I saw it!

  25. Park Beom-Jin

    First, I’m surprised that you investigate about Yi Sun-Sin in detail and not be swayed by his gossips.
    It is easy to be swayed because he died very suddenly and media like to make new story about his death. Your posting is brilliant!

  26. Mai Dang

    Cool artwork, interesting podcasts and informative website. I enjoyed listening to your podcasts. It is not like reading the typical long and boring list of historical events, but listening to interesting and exciting stories about historical heroes! I just knew Yi Sun-sin as a Korean hero when I saw his statue in Gwanghwamun square, but
    thanks to your website, I got more information about him and also more knowledge of Korean culture and history. Thank you for making history become interesting. I’m looking forward to your future posts. Keep up the good work~!

  27. Ji Hee Noh

    As I taking your class, I can improve and introspect myself. I knew about this history and heroes, but I tend to foeget in real. But by reading yours, I could realized that he was a really great leader and I wish this hero can revive again to save messy Korea. It is hard to be realized though, I recognized that leader of one nation is really improtant. Thanks for giving informations that I can think back our history.

  28. Lee Hyeon Seo

    When I read Yi Sun-Sin’s stories you wrote, I really appreciate that this hero is Korean. Actually, I knew that he is one of the most famous person lots of Koreans admire, but I was surprised to Yi Sun-Sin’s attitude of tactics he made. You said ‘Immortal Yi Sun-Sin’, I think I can recognize that name. He was brave, and confident with his maneuver. Thank you for providing interesting information!

    Ps. I saw the picture of this episode with interest. Is it Yi Sun-Sin who has a beard and a big sword, in the middle of the picture?

  29. Jeon Dahui

    Because of your posting, I can learn about admiral Yi sunsin. Thanks for giving me interesting information. I think that he is one of the greatest leaders. I respect him and I would like to learn from him.

  30. Jeon heejeong

    This website is very interesting. Every korean know about the war, but we usually do not know exactly about the war(eventhough we learned it at a highscool, we forgot it). So through this website, i could learn about it again, reminding my high school class. About 임진왜란, there are lots of theories. like why Yi soon-sin died.. so if this website includes interesting theories, it will be more attractive.

  31. Jeong Si Eun

    I’m very surprised that you are familiar with a lots of Korean history such as Yi- soon sin .
    I know him of course , but I don’t know well about him.
    So in this time, through this web-site, I’ll learn about them more ( Korean heroes).
    Thank you for giving me this useful website. I can take more information about korean history.

  32. Da som Hwang

    what a wonderful site you made! When I looked around this koreanheroes site I was really amazed by detailed history of Yi sin sin. It wil be easy for foriegners to learn about korean history. Also the illustration makes eye catching when i first visited this site so it made me more interesting.

  33. Seju Kim

    As soon as I visited this website, the picture above the page is really impressive. Also, I’m surprised at a lot of information of Korean history, so I can learn more especially about Sunsin Yi. I really appriciate for your passion of Korean history and attention as well as sharing it as a Korean.

  34. Byeon Ye-Bin

    I thought many achivements about Yi Sun-Sin are recorded in this web site. through this web site, I got to know new facts about him that I had not known before. I was impressed that mp3 piles of Yi Sun-Sin episode were being offered. it’s useful to help me understand the episode.

  35. Hyojin Yoon

    I should say thank you to the way you are interested in and introduce our Korean general Yi Sun-Sin. Love these articles and want this website will be continued. Thanks again 🙂

  36. Kim Chae eun

    When i looked this koreanheroes website, i impressed about the picture. Also, i visited this website last semester. I was very suprised at your continuous passion about this website. Through this website, I learned Yi Sun-Sin ‘s leadership and courage.

  37. Seo Jeong-Beom

    This is very emotional way of writing. I can definetly see your excitement on this historical event. And could you post the name of the painting and artist? because I never seen this one, I want to know about it.
    By the way, after Yi Sun Shin who will you upload about? Eul Ji Mun Duck, who defeated .3 million Chinese army or Seo Hui who made .8 million army withdraw and received additional territory with great diplomatic talk?

    • Malleusjl

      It is my intention to cover all the great people, whether ancient or contemporary Jeong-beom!

  38. Kim suhyun

    I used to think that you knew very well about Yi Sun-sin and korean history because I had already visited this website in the first semester. I am amazed at your knowledge while I am visiting and reading several posts. I respect your continued interest and passion about Korea, especially korean history. I really think so.

  39. Yingyi Wei

    Because of this kind of ship, Korean army achieved dominance in naval battle during 임진외란(1592-1598).Yi Sun-Sin is a great general.

  40. Jung Mi-Hae

    I could know the detailed information about ‘충무공’. I didn’t know that ‘충무공’ has such as meaning!
    And I always think that Yi Sun-Sin’s war strategy was so great when I read Yi Sun-Sin’s biography. His story was very interesting. I am happy to see your interesting about Yi Sun-Sin.

  41. Lim Yejin

    I can know Yi Sun-Sin’s great composure because of your site. I heard many time about him, but actually I don’t know well about him. Because of your site, I think that I should have a interest about korean heroes! Because of them, now we live in Korea well. And I want to say Thank you. Because you have lots of interest to korean history. Thank you!

  42. Yeojin Bang

    I love the picture on the top of this web site, it looks cool. And I like B&A part the most in your web site, ’cause it contains various important historical events that happened in Britain and US which helps students who are majoring in English literature department to understand more about B&A’s culture.

  43. You Min Ji

    Thank you for giving me an opportunity that I can learn Korean history like Yi Sun – Sin. There are lots of information about him so I’m very glad to know that. Even though, I’m korean but I didn’t learn about korean heroes in detail. Thus through this chance I want to learn about Yi sun sin.

  44. Michael Chae

    First of all, I thank you as a Korean. I think you have a great passion, which makes more people around the world know Admiral Yi. I pay homage to your efforts on behalf of all Koreans.

  45. Shin Gyeong Jun

    You share Yi Sun-Sin’s information to us. I could know your thinks that you consider Yi Sun-Sin as immortal Yi Sun-Sin.
    I am surprised that you have many interests about our Yi Sun-Sin. Thank you for knowing your interests.

  46. Park sinyoung

    I could learned more about Lee sun sin because of your site. I ashamed that I didn’t know well about our history, I am really impressed that professor has interest in our history and made this page. I determined to study Korean history more. Thank you for reading my comment!

  47. Hyojin In

    When I came in the website, top of the site’s illustration stood out for the first time. I think it is kind of good matching with topic involvement. When I consider that site was made not very long, you mentioned lots of specific informations about Yi Soon Shin. There is some of things that I even know about him. For this reason, I took time for self-examination about how much I know about Yi Soon Shin and Korean history. As time goes by, I hope that site became more various about many korean heroes.

  48. Bae seoyeong

    The link that Yi Soon Shin: Warrior and Defender are great. The legibility of the text is good and I can easily recognize the characters through pictures.  The audio files that have been recorded are moderate speed, so I can understand more easily. I think that it is great that I can download the audio files. It is useful and convenience. I think that I hope the pictures about principle characters mentioned in the Yi Sun-sin (Podcast Series 1: Yi Sun-Sin). I enjoyed looking around. Thank you for making a fabulous website! 🙂

  49. Han Seung-sok

    Now most of koreans might look forward to have a hero like Yi Sun-sin!
    Thank you for trying to know Korea much. And I am sure that you could give Koreans an advice how we should do for a better country.
    Have a good weekend and get a good rest!

  50. Su Eun Song

    You explain Yi Sun Shin’s courage and leadership very well. I’m surprised that you say ‘immortal Yi Sun Shin’. It’s the name of Korean drama. It was famous but it’s very old. Have you ever seen the last movie series of Yi Sun Shin? The first is ‘Roaring Currents ( 2014 )’. The next one, a battle at Hansan island, will be released soon. I recommend it.

    • Yuri Kim

      Yi Soon Sin is my favorite hero. I heard that some Japanese Syogun respected him even he was their enemy. I could understand more about him with your posts. I think this site is really good.

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