Usan

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Usan
Hangul 우산국
Hanja 于山國
Revised Romanization Usan-guk
McCune–Reischauer Usan-guk
"Samguk Sagi" Book 04. Silla's Records.
In 512, Usan-guk(于山國) was Ulleungdo(鬱陵島)

Usan-guk, or the State of Usan, occupied Ulleung-do and the adjacent islands during the Korean Three Kingdoms period. According to the Samguk Sagi, it was conquered by the Silla general Kim Isabu in 512. He is said to have used wooden lions or tigers to intimidate the residents into surrendering. It has been written clearly that the alias of Usan-guk is Ulleung-do. Usan-guk rarely enters into historical records, but appears to have continued a largely autonomous existence until its annexation to Goryeo in 930.

According to Sejong Sillok, Goryeosa, and Mangi Yoram, Usan-guk consisted of Ulleung-do and Usan-do. Koreans believe Usan-do is the Liancourt Rocks (Dokdo in Korea, Takeshima in Japan), although some Japanese scholars dispute the interpretation of some of the records[citation needed].

Old Korean maps[edit]

See also[edit]