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  • Isabu, or King Taejong of Silla, was a fourth generation descendant of King Naemul. His family name was Kim. He served as both a general and a statesman during the reign of King Jinheung of Silla. In 512, as Governor of Haseula (present-day Gangneung), Isabu set out to conquer Usan-guk (present-day Ulleungdo and Dokdo). Having decided that he would be more likely to gain control of Usan-guk with trickery than with military might because the local residents were strong and aggressive, Isabu stocked his warships with wooden lions. As he reached the shores of Usan-guk, he said, “Surrender or I’ll set these lions loose to tear you to pieces.” As the story goes, the trick worked and the people of Usan-guk dropped their arms on the spot.
  • At the time, Usan-guk was a small country which dominated the people of Ulleungdo and other neighboring islands. Before the Three Kingdoms Period, it was an ancient tribal walled town and its people were farmers and fishermen. As mentioned in the book Mangiyoram (Book of Ten Thousand Techniques of Governance), Usan-guk’s territory included not only Ulleungdo but also neighboring Dokdo. As Ulleungdo’s possession, Dokdo became part of Silla when Ulleungdo surrendered to Silla in 512 (13th year of King Jijeung’s reign), thereby becoming an integral part of the history and culture of the Korean peninsula.
  • image - Samguksagi (History of the Three Kingdoms) contains a record of Isabu and the subjagation of Ulleungdo(512)

    Samguksagi (History of the Three Kingdoms) contains a record of Isabu and the subjagation of Ulleungdo(512)

  • In 541 (2nd year of King Jinheung’s reign), after he had taken control of Usan-guk, Isabu was appointed Chief Officer and Commander of the Ministry of War, a post of extraordinarily high rank that could be served as a joint appointment with two other positions, the Prime Minister as well as Chief Minister. Isabu held all three positions at the same time and continued to hold onto political power until 562. Over the years, he made a major contribution to the territorial expansion of Silla.
  • Isabu, or King Taejong of Silla, was a fourth generation descendant of King Naemul. His family name was Kim. He served as both a general and a statesman during the reign of King Jinheung of Silla. In 512, as Governor of Haseula (present-day Gangneung), Isabu set out to conquer Usan-guk (present-day Ulleungdo and Dokdo). Having decided that he would be more likely to gain control of Usan-guk with trickery than with military might because the local residents were strong and aggressive, Isabu stocked his warships with wooden lions. As he reached the shores of Usan-guk, he said, “Surrender or I’ll set these lions loose to tear you to pieces.” As the story goes, the trick worked and the people of Usan-guk dropped their arms on the spot.
  • At the time, Usan-guk was a small country which dominated the people of Ulleungdo and other neighboring islands. Before the Three Kingdoms Period, it was an ancient tribal walled town and its people were farmers and fishermen. As mentioned in the book Mangiyoram (Book of Ten Thousand Techniques of Governance), Usan-guk’s territory included not only Ulleungdo but also neighboring Dokdo. As Ulleungdo’s possession, Dokdo became part of Silla when Ulleungdo surrendered to Silla in 512 (13th year of King Jijeung’s reign), thereby becoming an integral part of the history and culture of the Korean peninsula.
  • image - Samguksagi (History of the Three Kingdoms) contains a record of Isabu and the subjagation of Ulleungdo(512)

    Samguksagi (History of the Three Kingdoms) contains a record of Isabu and the subjagation of Ulleungdo(512)

  • In 541 (2nd year of King Jinheung’s reign), after he had taken control of Usan-guk, Isabu was appointed Chief Officer and Commander of the Ministry of War, a post of extraordinarily high rank that could be served as a joint appointment with two other positions, the Prime Minister as well as Chief Minister. Isabu held all three positions at the same time and continued to hold onto political power until 562. Over the years, he made a major contribution to the territorial expansion of Silla.
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