[KS] 500 Won in 1911?
B.C.A.Walraven at let.leidenuniv.nl
Tue Feb 18 06:02:50 EST 2003
My penny for the collection box: in the 1920s one particular housekeeper in
Seoul earned no more than 2 yen a month.
From: joshua john van lieu [mailto:sumnom at u.washington.edu]
Sent: dinsdag 18 februari 2003 9:51
To: Koreanstudies at koreaweb.ws
Subject: Re: [KS] 500 Won in 1911?
I believe in 1911 there were no won. The currency of the realm was the
Japanese yen, yes? Whether it was 500 yen or 500 won, it would have been
a very stiff fine indeed. I am not sure about how much spending power one
would have had at that time but I have been reading a number of books
in Korea in the early 20th century. Then, as now, the price was included
on the final page. In 1907, <<Wollam manguksa>> (93 pages) was priced at
25 chon. A child's geography text published in 1909 was priced at 40
(Korean) chon. A several hundred page text on Korean history published
in 1927 was priced at 3.5 yen. The back page of another 1927 text has a list
publications from Tokhung Sorim Publishers ranging in price for 20 sen for a
single volume biography of Silla Munmyong Wanghu to 17.70 yen for a twenty
volume annotated set of the Confucian classics.
I don't know if this helps but at least you might be able to see how many
books 500 yen/won would have bought.
Joshua Van Lieu
On Tue, 18 Feb 2003, Eamon Adams wrote:
> Dear List Members,
> I was wondering if anyone might be able to shed a little
> light upon a question of 'money'? Looking through the Temple Regulations
> 1911 instituted by the Japanese Governor general's office article 6 speaks
> of a fine of up to 500 Won for a failure to keep the regulations. My
> question, in today's currency what might the relative value of 500 Won be?
> Just trying to get a feeling for the level of punishment being dished out
> the poor old monk.
> Eamon Adams
> Eamon_ad at hotmail.com
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