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with tenacity, gentleness and moral character

Jang Gye-hyang

Jang Gye-hyang (1598-1680) a daughter of Gyeongdang Jang Heung-hyo, the teacher of Seokgye Lee Si-myung, was born in 31th year of reigh of Seonjo in Geumgye-ri, Andong of Gyeongbuk and passed away in Seokbochon, Yeongyang of Gyeongbuk at the age of 83 in the 6th year of reign of Sukjong.

장계향 초상화

Woman of cirtue, Jang Gye-hyang

In the latter years, the third son, Gilam Lee Hyun-il was called upon the forest as Minister of Interior only given to great scholars and national leaders, and with this, according to the law books, the mistress was ranked. Since then, she was called 'Mistress Jang'.
In Dudle village, the House of Manners of Mistress Jang and relics exhibition center are built so that people can feel and learn the tenacity, gentleness and moral virtue as well as wisdom of life.

  • Writer of 'Umsikdimibang' the first food recipe book in Korean
  • Person of culture in November 1999 by Ministry of Culture and Tourism
  • Literature, calligrapher, painter, scientist and social welfare volunteer in the mid Joseon Dynasty
  • Drew 'Maenghodo', a Korean painting, and wrote 9 poems singing the nature and world, and a book
  • Praised as 'woman of virtue' at the time
  • Only daughter of Gyeongdang Jang Heung-hyo, a descendant of the scholastic mantle of Toegye Lee Hwang
  • A person like the mother of Mencius and Cheng-zi who was fluent in poems, drawings and books
  • Ancestor of writer Lee Mun-yeol and the main character of his novel 'Choise'
  • the House of Manners of Mistress Jang
  • relics exhibition center
  • Gyugonsiuibang Mistress Jang

Around the age 70, she concentrated her efforts for her descendants in the midst of dimming eyes to publish her recipes. This recipe book, This recipe book, referred to as Umsikdimibang or Gyugonsiuibang, is known as the oldest recipe book written by a woman in Asia or the first recipe book written in Korean.

Looking into the history of Jang Gye-hyang, she showed how to overcome the time of national and cultural crisis such as the Japanese invasion and Machu invasion as a woman.
She was the representative image of woman who taught how to maintain dignity of being a woman and an adult in the time of confusion from wars and social crisis like today when true 'adults' could not exist.

the first food recipe book in Korean


Umsikdimibang is a sino-Korean word; With 'di', an old word of 'ji (知: know)', it means how to know the taste of food.
It is the first recipe book written in Korean approximately 340 years ago.

This recipe book, written by Jang Gye-hyang (1598-1680) in the noble family of Yeongyang region of Gyeongsangbuk-do 340 years ago at the age of over 70, introduces the cooking directions of dishes actually cooked from homes in Gyeongsangdo province in the mid to late Joseon Dynasty, and how to store fermented food and fresh food.

On the cover of the book writes 'Gyugonsiuibang' in Chinese characters. The book is made of 30 handwritten pages including two front and back covers, introducing 146 directions of cooking dishes of noble families of Gyeongsangdo in mid and late Joseon Dynasty in 1600s, storing and fermenting food and storing fresh food.