Gyeongsun of Silla

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Gyeongsun of Silla
Posthumous image of Gyeongsun of Silla
King of Silla
PredecessorGyeongae of Silla
SuccessorDynasty abolished
(Taejo of Goryeo as the King of Goryeo)
Unified Silla (Later Silla)
Died978 (aged 80–81)
Kingdom of Goryeo
ConsortLady Jukbang
Princess Nakrang
Among others...
Crown Prince Maui
Queen Heonsuk
HouseHouse of Kim
FatherKim Hyo-Jong
MotherPrincess Gyea
Gyeongsun of Silla
Revised RomanizationGyeongsun wang
McCune–ReischauerKyŏngsun wang
Birth name
Revised RomanizationGim Bu
McCune–ReischauerKim Pu

Gyeongsun of Silla (897–978) was the 56th and final ruler of the Korean kingdom of Silla.


A sixth-generation descendant of King Munseong, he was the son of Kim Hyo-Jong by Princess Gyea, who was the daughter of King Heongang. His wife was Lady Jukbang (죽방부인) of the Juksan Park clan, his eldest son was Crown Prince Maui, and his youngest son was Beomgong.[1]

Gyeongsun was placed on the throne by the Hubaekje king Gyeon Hwon after the Hubaekje forces sacked Gyeongju in 927. The kingdom was already in an extremely weakened state, so Gyeongsun reigned over a tiny remnant of the former Silla territory until finally abdicating in favour of Taejo of Goryeo in 935. He remarried Taejo's daughter Princess Nangrang (낙랑공주) and was appointed sasim-gwan (사심관, inspector-general) of Gyeongju, becoming the first of Goryeo's sasim-gwan system. He lived out the remainder of his life near the Goryeo capital (modern-day Kaesong).[2]

He died in 978 and his tomb lies in Jangnam-myeon, Yeoncheon County, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea.[2]

According to Samguk Sagi, Gyeongsun's son, Crown Prince Maui objected to his father's submission to Goryeo and became a hermit in Mount Kumgang.[3]


  • Father: Kim Hyo-Jong, King Shinheung of Silla (신흥대왕)[4]
    • Grandfather: King Uiheung of Silla (의흥대왕)[5]
  • Mother: Grand Princess Gyea of the Gyeongju Kim clan (계아태후 김씨)
  • Consorts and their Respective Issue:
  1. Lady Jukbang of the Juksan Bak clan (죽방부인 박씨)
    1. Crown Prince Maui (마의태자)
    2. Kim Deok-ji (김덕지)
    3. Kim Myeong-jong, Duke Yeongbun (영분공)
    4. Queen Heonsuk of the Gyeongju Kim clan (헌숙왕후 김씨)
  2. Princess Nakrang of the Kaesong Wang clan (낙랑공주 왕씨)[6]
    1. Kim Eun-yeol, Prince Daean (김은열 대안군)
    2. Kim Seok, Prince Uiseong (김석 의성군)
    3. Kim Geon, Prince Gangreung (김건 강릉군)
    4. Kim Seon, Prince Eonyang (김선 언양군)
    5. Kim Chu, Prince Samcheok (김추 삼척군)
    6. Unnamed princess[7]
    7. Lady Sinran of the Gyeongju Kim clan (신란궁부인 김씨)[8]
  3. Princess Wang of the Kaesong Wang clan (공주 왕씨)[9] – No issue.

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See also[edit]


  1. ^ (in Korean) King Gyeongsun Archived 2011-06-10 at the Wayback Machine at Encyclopedia of Korean Culture
  2. ^ a b (in Korean) King Gyeongsun at Doosan Encyclopedia
  3. ^ (in Korean) Crown Prince Ma-ui at Doosan Encyclopedia
  4. ^ Shinheung is a posthumous title, his real name was Kim Hyo-jong.
  5. ^ Uiheung is a posthumous title, his real name was Kim Sil-hong.
  6. ^ First daughter of Taejo of Goryeo and Queen Sinmyeongsunseong.
  7. ^ Later married Hwang Gyeong.
  8. ^ Later married Lee Geum-Seo.
  9. ^ Daughter of Taejo of Goryeo and Lady Seongmu of the Pyeongsan Park clan.
Gyeongsun of Silla
 Died: 978
Regnal titles
Preceded by King of Silla
Succeeded by
none (Goryeo King Tejong