King Seondeok of Silla

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King Seondeok of Silla
Hangul 선덕왕
Hanja 宣德王
Revised Romanization Seondeok wang
McCune–Reischauer Sŏndŏk wang
Birth name
Hangul 김양상
Hanja 金良相
Revised Romanization Gim Yang-sang
McCune–Reischauer Kim Yangsang
Monarchs of Korea
Silla
(Post-unification)
  1. Munmu 661–681
  2. Sinmun 681–691
  3. Hyoso 692–702
  4. Seongdeok 702–737
  5. Hyoseong 737–742
  6. Gyeongdeok 742–765
  7. Hyegong 765–780
  8. Seondeok 780–785
  9. Wonseong 785–798
  10. Soseong 798–800
  11. Aejang 800–809
  12. Heondeok 809–826
  13. Heungdeok 826–836
  14. Huigang 836–838
  15. Minae 838–839
  16. Sinmu 839
  17. Munseong 839–857
  18. Heonan 857–861
  19. Gyeongmun 861–875
  20. Heongang 875–886
  21. Jeonggang 886–887
  22. Jinseong 887–897
  23. Hyogong 897–912
  24. Sindeok 912–917
  25. Gyeongmyeong 917–924
  26. Gyeongae 924–927
  27. Gyeongsun 927–935

King Seondeok of Silla (died 785) (r. 780–785) was the successor to King Hyegong and the 37th to rule the Korean kingdom of Silla. He was an eleventh-generation descendant of King Naemul, and the Daughter of haechan Kim Hyo-bang by King Seongdeok's daughter Lady Saso. He married Lady Gujok, the daughter of gakgan Kim Yang-pum.

Seondeok served under King Hyegong in the position of sangdaedeung. When the rebellion of Kim Ji-jeong broke out in 780, he led the royal forces against the rebels. However, the rebels stormed the palace and slew the king, and Seondeok was obliged to take the throne for himself. Some historians speculate that Seondeok might have killed Hyegong himself, as he stood to benefit the most from his death.[1]

After his death in 785, Seondeok was cremated and his ashes scattered on the Sea of Japan (East Sea). Seondeok's successor was King Wonseong.


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References[edit]

  1. ^ Joanna Rurarz (2009). Historia Korei. Dialog. p. 139. ISBN 978-83-89899-28-6. 
King Seondeok of Silla
Died: 785
Regnal titles
Preceded by
Hyegong
King of Silla
Silla
780–785
Succeeded by
Wonseong