Date: 04/12/2018 | Source: Uriminzokkiri (En) | Read original version at source

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The Koreans, who had a rich geographical knowledge about not only their country but the world, produced a world map Honilgangniryokdaegukdo-jido in the early 15th century.

Ri Hoe drew the map in 1406 after studying such maps as Songgyogwangphido and Honilgangnido. He magnified the size of the Korean territory and supplemented new contents. What is noteworthy is that Japan is drawn smaller than Korea and located in the southern part.

The map shows Korea, China and other parts of Asia, some parts of Europe and Africa, and some southern islands. The location of Central Asia centred on the Caspian Sea, Sri Lanka Island and the Arabian Peninsula is relatively correct. It also includes big mountains and rivers, capitals and major cities of countries, the Great Wall of China and other fortresses. Rivers and seas are coloured in light blue, and capitals and other residential areas in distinctive colours.

The map served as valuable data for studying the map-making history of Korea and the Koreans’ geographical understanding of continents and countries around the world in the early 15th century.

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