Shin Sukchu

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  • Born: 1417
  • Died: 1475
  • Korean: 叔舟 (Shin Sukchu, Shin Sukju)

Shin Sukchu was a Confucian scholar-official in the Joseon Dynasty Korean court. A member of a formal embassy from Joseon to the Muromachi shogunate in 1428, he was later named yonguijong (Chief State Councillor), and was also involved in the 1443 promulgation of the new hangul writing system.

Shin is perhaps most famous, however, for his 1471 book, Haedong chegukki, a compilation of the history, geography, language, and foreign relations of Japan and Ryûkyû.

Shin was sufficiently renowned, even in Japan, that in 1711 Arai Hakuseki cited Shin's efforts to maintain friendly relations, as a precedent, and an encouragement that the Korean court in 1711 should also act diplomatically, in order to pursue the continuation of friendly relations (rather than aggravate tensions by challenging or resisting Hakuseki's changes to diplomatic protocol).[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), 27.
  1. Lee Jeong Mi, 96-97.