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The Westerners was a political faction that dominated Korea in the 17th century. In 1567, the Sarim split into the Easterners and Westerners. The Westerners remained the main contender of the Easterners in the Seonjo age, with Yi I as one of the most influential Westerners.
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  • Division from Sarim 

  • Dispute with the Easterners and Northerners 

  • Gain of power and the Injo era 

  • Hyojong era and the emergence of the Sandang 

  • Disputes with the Southerners in the Hyeonjong era