Muyedobothongji, a national classic of Korea, was inscribed on the list of world heritage by UNESCO.
It explains in a comprehensive and systematic way the traditional martial art of Korea, the historical root of Taekwon-do, which is propagated in over 120 countries.
It was compiled according to the order of Jongjo (1777-1800), the 22nd monarch of the feudal Joson dynasty.
As the various movements, ranging from how to use a sword, spear and stick to horse riding and fist fighting, are illustrated, everyone can easily reproduce successive movements of the martial art as in the way he or she can sing from a song sheet.
Printed with wooden type, it is of great significance in the history of fine art. The illustrations that depict the movements of the martial art in a delicate way were drawn by Kim Hong Do.
Kim Hong Do was a representative fine artist between the 18th century and 19th century, and his works still serve as valuable treasures for the traditional painting of Korea.
The book is kept in the National Classics Archive at the Grand People’s Study House in Pyongyang.