Wang Kon: Ten Injunctions


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In 918 Wang Kon, also known as T’aejo (meaning “Great Founder”), established the Koryo Dynasty, which ruled over Korea until 1392. Traditionally it has been held that while he was on his deathbed, Wang Kon dictated his advice for his successors, recorded in a document now known as the Ten Injunctions. These injunctions reflect his concern for maintaining a peaceful kingdom in which the people would be ruled benevolently by a virtuous monarch under the guidance of Confucian teaching with the...