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Sunday, 5 July 2015

Koihime Musou Girls and Korean Clans, Part II: Pang (방/龐)

Bang (방/龐) sometimes romanized Pang in McCune script and Chinese Language is an uncommon Korean Surname which means 'High House'. Based on the 2000 Korean Republic Census - provided by Statistics Korea (통계청/統計廳/Tonggyecheong/KOSTAT), there are 1,080 people in 314 families who bear the surname of Pang. Hence, this clan is placed at 171st place in Korean Surnames List. There are two designated clans (본관/本貫) for this clan which are Kaesong Pang (개성 방씨/開城龐氏; Kaesong, DPRK - claimed by Gyeonggi Provincial Government, ROK), and Taewon Pang (태원 방씨/太原龐氏; Taiyuan City, Shanxi Province, PROC).

The Kaesong Lineage is the largest among two, where this lineage consists of 847 people in 258 families. Kaesong Pang Clan was founded by Pang Du-hyon a.k.a Pang Douxian in Chinese (방두현/龐斗賢) - descendant of General Pang Yon a.k.a Pang Juan (방연/龐涓) of Chinese Zhou Dynasty (1046 BCE-256 BCE) during the reign of King Gongmin Wang Jeon (1330-1374), 31st Monarch of Goryeo Dynasty. Pang Du-hyon designated Kaesong - the Royal Capital of Goryeo Dynasty (918 CE-1392 CE) as their ancestral seat.