The Six Ministries of Joseon were the major executive bodies of the Korean Joseon Dynasty. They included ministries of Personnel (Ijo), Taxation (Hojo), Rites (Yejo), Military Affairs (Byeongjo), Punishments (Hyeongjo), and Public works (Gongjo).
It was established in 1298. The ministries system of Joseon was similar in outline to that of the preceding Goryeo dynasty. The ministries were much more powerful under Joseon, and their importance grew as the dynasty wore on.
In December 1895, after the First Sino-Japanese War and as a part of the Gabo Reform, a cabinet of seven ministries was modeled after the Japanese one, which had been established only ten years earlier.