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"Your Highness,
  I still have twelve battleships!"


This is what Yi Sun-sin told the Korean King during a war against Japan in the Joseon Dynasty period, showing his determination to go on to war, despite overwhelmingly unfavorable conditions, with hope and without fear. With strong willpower, Yi rescued the endangered country of Korea and protected the peace in East Asia by achieving ... more
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Error: On November 19, 1598, Admiral Yi was shot during the final battle of the war when he broke an armistice ... more
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Error: On September 16, 1597, he led 12 turtle ships against 133 Japanese ships in the Myongnyang Strait ... more
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Trip to
Hansado Island
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Admiral Yi Sun-sin
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Imjin war
Imjin war broke out when Battle-trained Japanese invaded under control of Toyotomi Hideyoshi invaded Korean ... more
International Reputation of Yi Sun-sin
It is always difficult for Englishmen to admit that Nelson ever had an equal in his profession, ...
- Ballard, G. A. (George Alexander) ... more
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Inspire Koreans in the 21st Century
The Great Admiral Yi Sun-sin is the man to inspire Koreans in the 21st century. If a foreigner ... more
Domestic Reputation of Yi Sun-sin
"The foundation stone for my ancestors to recover our country was only the power of Chungmugong "
- King Jeongjo (1752-1800) ... more
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50 Military Leaders
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50 Weapons
that changed warfare
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■ Life

Throughout the Imjin War, Admiral Yi Sun-sin was a preeminent warrior who was never defeated in at least 23 battles under his command for seven years. However, he was not just a brilliant commander, he was also a true leader who wholeheartedly loved his country and its people, and sacrificed himself to protect them. Hence, Koreans regard him as one of the greatest heroes of Korean history ... more

■ Places

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Hyeonchungsa Shrine in Asan
The Hyeonchungsa Shrine was built in 1706 to commemorate Admiral Yi Sun-sin. It displays many relics of Yi, including Nanjung Ilgi (Yi’s war diary) and Imjin Jangcho (Yi’s war report). The old house where Yi spent his childhood and youth is preserved within this shrine. It is located in Yeomchi-eup, Asan-si, Chungcheongnam-do ... more

■ Battles

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The battle of Okpo
It was the first his battle against Japanese fleet during Imjin war period. He sent spy ships to eastern sea off Busan port. He didn’t depart his naval base until he confirmed Japanese fleet’s scale and tactics. On May 7, his fleet and Won gyun’s fleet departed together and sailed to okpo port. ... more
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