Jeonji of Baekje
|Jeonji of Baekje|
|Hangul||전지왕, 직지왕, 진지왕|
|Hanja||腆支王, 直支王, 眞支王|
|Revised Romanization||Jeonji-wang, Jikji-wang, Jinji-wang|
|McCune–Reischauer||Chǒnji-wang, Chikchi-wang, Chinji-wang|
|Revised Romanization||Yeo Yeong|
|Monarchs of Korea
Jeonji spent much of his youth in the Wa kingdom of Yamato Japan as hostage, going there in 397. Upon his father’s death, he returned home to find that his uncle Seollye had murdered Hunhae, Asin's other brother, and usurped the throne. Hae Chung, an inhabitant of Hanseong, warned him not to enter the capital. Shortly thereafter, Seollye was killed and Jeonji made king. Presumably out of gratitude for this, Jeonji made several members of the Hae clan ministers, as well as marrying Lady Palso of the Hae clan. This put an end to the royal family’s close ties to the Jin clan.
The traditional dates of Jeonji's rule are based on the Samguk Sagi. On the basis of more contemporaneous Chinese records, Best (1979) has suggested that the years 405–414 are more plausible.
According to the Samguk Sagi, in 406 Baekje sent a tribute mission to the Chinese court of Eastern Jin. It is the first mention of such a mission in more than twenty years, and may indicate that the country had become more secure against Goguryeo. It would have been typical to send such an embassy to inform the Chinese court that a new king had taken power. However, this visit is not confirmed by Chinese sources. In 416 Jin sent envoys to grant the title "General Stabilizing the East" to Jeonji(Yeo Yeong).
- Best, J.W. (1979). "Notes and questions concerning the Samguk sagi's chronology of Paekche's kings Chonji, Guishin, and Piyu". Korean Studies 3, 125–134.