Medieval Korea

I first became interested in medieval Korea, when I read about Lady Yang Su-Gyong, who had taken on the persona of a Koryo dynasty noblewoman. I began to research in earnest any information about evidence for European-Korean contact and trade prior to 1600, the result of which is the essay on this site.

When I returned to university, I was fortunate enough to study in a library with a very large East Asian library, including Korean, and I began to hoard information about Korean dress, textiles, and archaeology.

In the meanwhile, I've become interested in what life may have been like for a 16th century noblewoman (sajok, 士族), and for the yangban class in general. This has sparked an interest in traditional pastimes, and the role of tea drinking in historic life. My primary focus is the turbulent 16th century, simply because there is more information available in English, although the celadon pottery of Goryeo and the tomb murals from the Three Kingdoms period I also find fascinating.