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Monday, 9 February 2015

Silla Superiority Complex, Part XXX: Royal Tomb of King Munseong, Gyeongju, Northern Gyeongsang - Killing General Jang Bogo is a Faggot Idea.


King Munseong of Silla (문성왕/文聖王) (died 857; Reigned: 839–857) whose born as Kim Gyeong-eung (김경응/金慶膺) was the 46th ruler of the Korean kingdom of Silla. He was the eldest son of King Sinmu and Lady Jeonggye.

Munseong's reign was typical of late Unified Silla, with rampant strife and uprisings. Examples include the 841 rebellion of Hong Pil, the 846 rebellion of Jang Bogo (after he failed to marry his daughter into the royal line), as well as the treason of Yang Sun in 847 and that of Kim Sik in 849. The earlier part of his reign was marked by relatively active trade and commerce with both Japan and Tang China. This was due to Jang Bogo's role in securing the major shipping routes.

His father, the 45th Sillan Ruler, King Sinmu, became the King by supporting General Jang Bogo of Cheonghaejin Naval Headquarters (present-day Wando County, Southern Jeolla Province). At this time, his son, King Munseong, promised to marry Chabi, the daughter of Jang Bogo. 

However, his vassals were openly against the King’s marriage by calling her birth into question. In the end, he sent Yeomjang to Jang Bogo, and killed him. After Jang Bogo was killed, King Munseong abolished Cheonghaejin, which was the base of marine trade in the unified Silla Era. After that, Silla’s greatness declined, as well as its Silla’s foreign transactions and trades.

Upon his death in 857, King Munseong was buried in the Gongjakji tomb precinct in Gyeongju (Specific Location: Seoak-dong san 92-2 beonji, Gyeongju City, Northern Gyeongsang Province). He was succeeded by his son, King Heonan.