Sosurim of Goguryeo
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|Sosurim of Goguryeo|
|Hanja||小獸林王, 小解朱留王, 解味留王|
|Revised Romanization||Sosurim-wang, Sohaejuryu-wang, Haemiryu-wang|
|McCune–Reischauer||Sosurim-wang, Sohaejuryu-wang, Haemiryu-wang|
|Revised Romanization||Go Gubu|
|Monarchs of Korea
Background and Rise to the throne
Born as Go Gu-Bu, King Sosurim was the first son and successor of King Gogugwon. He assisted his father in leading the country and strengthening royal authority, which had been severely weakened due to humiliation brought upon by the Later Yan, who dug up the grave of King Micheon. Prince Gu-Bu was made crown prince in 355.
He is considered to have strengthened the centralization of authority in Goguryeo, by establishing state religious institutions to transcend tribal factionalism. In 372, he received Buddhism through travelling monks of Former Qin and built temples to house them.
Also in 372, he also established the Confucian institutions of Taehak (태학, 太學) to educate the children of the nobility. In 373, he promulgated a code of laws called (율령, 律令), centrally codifying regional customs and acting as the national constitution.
He died in 384 and was buried in Sosurim, which is a forest in Goguryeo.
Most of King Sosurim's reign and life was spent trying to keep Goguryeo under control and also strengthening royal authority. Although he was not able to avenge the death of his father and previous Goguryeo ruler, King Gogugwon, he did play a major role in setting up the foundations that made the great conquests of his nephew and later ruler of Goguryeo, King Gwanggaeto the Great, a possibility.
Depiction in arts and media
His name is featured in The Legend, episode 2, as the brother of the woman who is in labour, Lord Yon Ga Ryuh's wife.