Manuscript/Mixed Material Kŭmhwa saji. 金華寺誌.

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  • Kŭmhwa saji.

Other Title

  • 金華寺誌.


  • Jinhua si ji (The romance of Jinhua Temple) is a late Yuan manuscript copy, in one volume, of a work of Chinese fiction produced in Korea. The exact date of its first publication and its authorship are unknown. A young Chinese student named Zixu had a dream while sleeping at the Jinhua Temple in Jinling (present-day Nanjing). In his dream, he attended a feast hosted by the four greatest founders of Chinese dynasties: Han Gaozu (reigned 206-195 BC), Tang Taizong (reigned 627-49 AD), Song Taizu (reigned 960-76), and Ming Taizu (reigned 1368-98). Their conversation dwelt on which rulers deserved to be known as dynastic restoration figures. They agreed on Liu Bei (161-223), the founding ruler of the state of Shu during the Three Kingdoms era and bestowed on him the title of Zhaoliedi (Emperor of Brightness and Righteousness), while they considered Cao Cao, ruler of the state of Wei circa 200-220, as a mediocrity. Among high officials, Zhuge Liang (181-234), a chancellor of the state of Shu, was chosen as the most eminent prime minister with an outstanding cabinet. Upon learning that he was not invited to the banquet, Yuan Taizu, a Yuan dynasty emperor, was outraged and embarked on an assault using the Jurchens and Turks as his soldiers, but he was quickly defeated by the Han Chinese emperors. The Han Chinese-centered ideology is a theme in the novel, with the emperors attending the banquet presented as legitimate rulers of China, while the bona fides of historic figures were questioned. This is one of the Chinese novels that were popular in Korea. The story is also known as Jinhua si meng you lu (Record of a journey in a dream at Jinhua Temple). World Digital Library.


  • Chinese Rare Book Collection (Library of Congress).

Created / Published

  • [Korea : s.n., 17--?]


  • -  In case.
  • -  Ms.
  • -  Also available in digital form.
  • -  September 18, 1940 589670.
  • -  不分卷.
  • -  不著編者名氏,內述元至正末有成生者名子虛於夢中見漢高帝、唐太宗、宋太祖、明太祖,各偕群臣,勝宴相會,並記彼此問答之語,蓋小說之末流也.
  • -  十一行十九字. Eleven lines with nineteen characters per line.


  • 1 v.

Library of Congress Control Number

  • 2012402106

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