|Native name||𐰚𐰇𐰠𐱅𐰃𐰏𐰤 (in Old Turkic)|
|Died||February 27, 731(aged 46–47)|
|Allegiance||Second Turkic Khaganate|
|Battles/wars||Battle of Bolchu|
|Relations||Bilge Khagan (brother) |
Ilterish Qaghan (father)
During the reign of Qapagan Khaghan, Kul Tigin and his older brother earned reputation for their military prowess. They defeated Yenisei Kirghiz, Turgesh, and Karluks, extending the Kaganate territory all the way to the Iron Gate (Central Asia) south of Samarkand. They also subjugated all nine of the Tokuz Oguz tribes.
In 713 he participated in subjugation of Karluk tribes with his brother and uncle.
As supreme commander
Upon the death of Qapagan Khaghan, his son Inel Qaghan attempted to illegally ascend to the throne, defying the traditional Lateral succession law, but Kül Tigin refused to recognize the takeover. He raised an army, attacked, and killed Inel, Ashina Duoxifu and his trusted followers. He placed his elder brother Bilge Khagan on the throne, and took the title of Shad, an equivalent of commander-in-chief of the army for himself.
He died suddenly in 27 February 731. A stele in memory of Kül Tigin, which included inscriptions in both the Turkic and Chinese, was erected at his memorial complex at the present site of Khöshöö-Tsaidam. Kül-Tegin is also mentioned in the inscription erected in memory of his older brother Bilge Kagan at the neighbouring site of Khöshöö-Tsaidam-1.
His burial ceremony took place in 1 November 731. He was posthumously renamed Inanj Apa Yargan Tarkhan by Bilge Khagan.
He was portrayed by Ham Suk Hun (함석훈) in Korean TV Series Dae Jo Yeong.
- Kultegin’s Memorial Complex, TÜRIK BITIG
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