18. What was one of the original purposes of the Kyujanggak, or Royal Library, in Korea?
From Quiz Tales of the Royal Library 2
Answer: Preserve royal genealogies
The Kyujanggak, as a royal library, was built to house not only the writings of the dynasty, but also as a way to preserve the royal genealogy. In fact, there were so many artifacts to house in the Royal Library, that just six years later, the Outer Kyujanggak Library, which was called the Oegyujanggak, was built on Ganghwa-do Island in an ancient royal palace to take care of the overflow of materials. When the kingdom was renamed the Korean Empire in 1897, kings from the Joseon Dynasty continued to rule until 1910, when the kingdom was annexed by Japan. There are still, however, descendants of the dynasty living today. As can be imagined, a genealogy of people over such a long period of time is very lengthy!