Im Sugan

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  • Born: 1665
  • Died: 1721
  • Korean: 任守幹 (Im Sugan)

Im Sugan was a Joseon Dynasty Korean scholar-official, and served as vice-envoy on a mission to Edo in 1711. He wrote a record of this mission, entitled Tongsa ilgi ("Journal of the Voyage East"), as well as Kanggwan P’iltam (J: Kôkan hitsudan, “Brush Conversation at the Riverbank), a collection of notes on conversations with Arai Hakuseki.

Tongsa ilgi covers about ten months, from the embassy's departure from Seoul in 1711/5, until 1712/1.[1]


  • Lee Jeong Mi, "Cultural Expressions of Tokugawa Japan and Choson Korea: An Analysis of the Korean Embassies in the Eighteenth Century," PhD dissertation, University of Toronto (2008), 82, 93-95.
  1. Gallery labels, National Museum of Korea.[1]