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Ori's Letter to His Grandson
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

Having served as a regional government official many times in the past, Yi Wonik wrote in detail the principles which he learned from his experience. As it shows Yi Wonik's heart for the people and his mental attitude required of a wise governor, it is a writing that still serves as a model. While a neutral tendency was strong among the parties at the time, by the time of the late Joseon era, he was classified as a member of Namin, a political party. It is regarded that these kinds of writings by Namin members exerted influence on ruling principles of Namin.

History of the Object
This is a writing where Yi Wonik reminds his grandson, Suyag, who was newly appointed as hyeongam, head of a hyeon (township), of Yeonpung (today's Gwaesan of Chungbuk), of the virtues he must remember when governing the people as a governor. It is designated as tangible cultural asset number 232 of Gyeonggido.

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Type
Documents 
Materials
Traditional Korean paper  
Measurements
Width 47.0 cm Height 77.0 cm  
Creator name
Yi Wonik 
Creator date
1547-1634 
Where it was made
Gwangmyeong, Gyeonggi-do province, Korea 
Geography
Korea 
Time period
AD 17th century ~ AD 17th century 
Creation date
17th Century; 1628; Joseon Period 
Function
Letter  
Acquisition
Inheritance  
Copyright
Chunghyeon Museum  
Acknowledgements
Chunghyeon Museum  
Owner
Chunghyeon Museum  
Museum
Chunghyeon Museum 
Credit line
Chunghyeon Museum  

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