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The Jewang Un'gi (Songs of Emperors and Kings) is a historical poem composed by Yi Seung-hyu (李承休) in 1287, in the late Goryeo period. Comprising two volumes, it depicts the history of Korea from Dangun to King Chungnyeol, and is the second-oldest text recounting the legend of Dangun.[1] The title is sometimes alternatively translated Rhymed Chronicles of Emperors and Kings.

Jewang ungi
Revised RomanizationJewang un-gi
McCune–ReischauerChewang un'gi

Yi composed the text after retiring from government service to the Cheoneunsa monastery on Duta-san mountain in Samcheok, in present-day Gangwon province.[2]

The first edition of the work was printed in 1295-1296 in Jinju, while Yi was still alive. Both extant texts, however, are from a revised woodcut edition printed in 1360 in Gyeongju. On April 1, 1965, the version kept in Uiwang city was designated South Korean National Treasure No. 418.[3] Another version, held at the Samseong Museum of Publishing in Seoul, was designated National Treasure No. 1091 in 1991.[4]


The Jewang Ungi consists of two volumes, both written in seven-character verse; the first deals with the history of China from the earliest years to the Jin dynasty (1115–1234), and the second covers Korean history from Dangun to King Chungnyeol.[5] The second volume is divided into two parts, the first covering Korean history from Gojoseon to the Later Three Kingdoms period in 264 lines of seven-character verse, and second covering the Goryeo dynasty in five-character verse.

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  1. ^ Hong, Sung-Wook (2008-01-01). Naming God in Korea: The Case of Protestant Christianity. OCMS. ISBN 9781870345668.
  2. ^ 이용한; 심병우 (1998-01-01). 사라져가는 오지 마을 을 찿아서 (in Korean). 실천문학사. ISBN 9788939203310.
  3. ^ Cultural Heritage Administration of Korea. "Treasure 418". Retrieved 2013-12-17.
  4. ^ Cultural Heritage Administration of Korea. "Treasure 1091". Retrieved 2013-12-17.
  5. ^ Yu, Chai-Shin (2012-01-01). The New History of Korean Civilization. iUniverse. ISBN 9781462055593.