A fresh take on history

This statue of the revered Admiral Yi Sun Sin - unveiled at the Naval Academy in Changwon, South Korea, on Friday - is the first in the country to depict him with a bow and arrows, instead of a sword. The admiral is most famous for defeating 330 Japa
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This statue of the revered Admiral Yi Sun Sin - unveiled at the Naval Academy in Changwon, South Korea, on Friday - is the first in the country to depict him with a bow and arrows, instead of a sword.

The admiral is most famous for defeating 330 Japanese warships, despite having only a dozen of his own, in the 1597 Battle of Myeongnyang.

The image of him with a bow and arrows is more accurate, given references in his war diaries, say scholars.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 30, 2015, with the headline 'A fresh take on history'. Print Edition | Subscribe