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Hangul 태왕
Hanja 太王
Revised Romanization Taewang
McCune–Reischauer T'aewang

Taewang, meaning "The Greatest of all Kings", was a title of imperial rank used by the rulers of Goguryeo, one of the Three Kingdoms of Korea, since the reign of Gwanggaeto the Great.[1][2]

Although it does not signify emperor itself, the Taewang title granted the ruler of Goguryeo equal power and status with the Chinese emperor.[3] Also some Silla rulers including Beopheung and Jinheung used this title for their declaration of independence from the influence of Goguryeo.[4]

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  1. ^ Gwanggaeto Stele - 還至十七世孫, 國岡上廣開土境平安好太王
  2. ^ Gwanggaeto Stele - 太王 恩澤△于皇天
  3. ^ Roh Tae-don, 《Studies of the History of Goguryeo》, Sakyejul, 1999, p.358~359.
  4. ^ Commemorating Monuments of King Jinheung in Bukhansan - 眞興王巡狩碑興太王及衆臣等巡狩管境之時記