Posted by: rbbadger | May 10, 2009

Crime and punishment in the Joseon Dynasty

During the days when Korea was a kingdom, being beaten with a stick was a penalty meted out for certain crimes.  Currently in Singapore and Malaysia, caning, or being beaten with a rattan cane is still a part of criminal procedure.  Certain crimes mandate caning as a part of the sentence (“you are hereby sentenced to eighteen months in prison and six strokes of the cane”).  At the Korean Folk Village and at the Jeoldusan Martyrs’ Shrine, you can see examples of various instruments of torture and corporal punishment.




  1. Was this across the buttocks?
    Is corporal punishment still use in the schools?

    • Yes indeed it was. Beating across the buttocks was very common in punishing criminals during the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910).

      Corporal punishment is beginning to be abandoned by the school system. There are some places where it is still being used, though.

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