Yeongnyu of Goguryeo

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Yeongnyu of Goguryeo
Hangul 영류태왕
Revised Romanization Yeongnyu-wang
McCune–Reischauer Yŏngnyu-wang
Birth name
Hangul 건무 or 성
Hanja /
Revised Romanization Geonmu / Seong
McCune–Reischauer Kŏnmu / Sŏng
Monarchs of Korea
  1. King Chumo 37-19 BCE
  2. King Yuri 19 BCE-18 CE
  3. King Daemusin 18-44
  4. King Minjung 44-48
  5. King Mobon 48-53
  6. King Taejodae 53-146
  7. King Chadae 146-165
  8. King Sindae 165-179
  9. King Gogukcheon 179-197
  10. King Sansang 197-227
  11. King Dongcheon 227-248
  12. King Jungcheon 248-270
  13. King Seocheon 270-292
  14. King Bongsang 292-300
  15. King Micheon 300-331
  16. King Gogug-won 331-371
  17. King Sosurim 371-384
  18. King Gogug-yang 384-391
  19. King Gwanggaeto 391-413
  20. King Jangsu 413-490
  21. King Munja 491-519
  22. King Anjang 519-531
  23. King An-won 531-545
  24. King Yang-won 545-559
  25. King Pyeong-won 559-590
  26. King Yeong-yang 590-618
  27. King Yeong-nyu 618-642
  28. King Bojang 642-668

King Yeongnyu of Goguryeo (? –642) was the 27th king of Goguryeo, the northernmost of the Three Kingdoms of Korea, from 618 to 642.[1]


He was the younger half-brother of the 26th king Yeong-yang, and son of the 25th king Pyeongwon. He assumed the throne when Yeong-yang died in 618.[2]


In China, the Sui Dynasty was followed by the Tang Dynasty in 618, the year of Yeongnyu's ascension. Goguryeo was recovering from the Goguryeo-Sui War, and the new Tang emperor was still completing its internal unification. Neither being in a position for new hostilities, Goguryeo and Tang exchanged emissaries and upon Tang's request, conducted a prisoner exchange in 622.[2]

In 624, Tang officially presented Taoism to the Goguryeo court, which sent scholars the following year to study Taoism and Buddhism.[2]

However, as Tang gained strength, in 631, it sent a small force to destroy a monument to Goguryeo's victory over the Sui. In response, Goguryeo built the Cheolli Jangseong defensive wall along the western border, a 15-year project begun in 631 under the supervision of Yeon Gaesomun.[2][1]

During this time, Goguryeo continued its battles to recover lost territory from the southern Korean kingdom Silla. Silla's Kim Yu-sin took Goguryeo's Nangbi fortress in 629.[citation needed]

Fall, death and succession[edit]

Yeongnyu and some of the government officials planned to kill some of the more powerful military officers. They planned first to kill Yeon Gaesomun, whose power and influence were rapidly overtaking the throne's.[citation needed] The young man eventually discovered the plot,[citation needed] and immediately went to Pyongyang to kill the plotters, including the king. Yeongnyu was killed in 642.[2]

Yeon Gaesomun placed Yeongnyu's nephew, Bojang, on the throne.[1][2]

In popular culture[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "영류왕" (in Korean). Doopedia. Retrieved 2016-10-06. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f "King Yeongnyu". KBS World. Retrieved 2016-10-06. 
Yeongnyu of Goguryeo
Died: 642
Regnal titles
Preceded by
King of Goguryeo
Succeeded by