Gyeongsun of Silla
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Gyeongsun of Silla
Gyeongsun of Silla
King of Silla
Reign927 - 935
PredecessorGyeongae of Silla
SuccessorTaejo of Goryeo
Unified Silla
Died978 (aged 81–82)
Kingdom of Goryeo
ConsortLady Jukbang
Princess Nakrang
Among others...
Crown Prince Maui
Queen Heonsuk
HouseHouse of Kim
FatherKim Hyo-Jong
MotherPrincess Gyea
Gyeongsun of Silla
Revised RomanizationGyeongsun wang
McCune-ReischauerKy?ngsun wang
Birth name
Revised RomanizationGim Bu
McCune-ReischauerKim Pu

Gyeongsun of Silla (896 - 978) (r. 927-935) was the 56th and final ruler of the Korean kingdom of Silla.


A sixth-generation descendant of King Munseong, he was the son of Hyogong by Princess Gyea, who was the daughter of King Heongang. His wife was Lady Jukbang (?) of the Juksan Park clan, his eldest son crown prince Maui, and youngest son Beomgong.[1]

Gyeongsun was placed on the throne by the Hubaekje king Gyeon Hwon after the Hubaekje forces sacked Gyeongju in 927. The kingdom was already in an extremely weakened state, so Gyeongsun reigned over a tiny remnant of the former Silla territory until finally abdicating in favour of Taejo of Goryeo in 935. He remarried Taejo's daughter Princess Nangrang (?) and was appointed sasim-gwan (, inspector-general) of Gyeongju, becoming the first of Goryeo's sasim-gwan system. He lived out the remainder of his life near the Goryeo capital (modern-day Kaesong).[2]

He died in 978 and his tomb lies in Jangnam-myeon, Yeoncheon County, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea.[2]

According to Samguk Sagi, Gyeongsun's son, Crown Prince Maui objected to his father's submission to Goryeo and became a hermit in Mount Kumgang.[3]


  1. Lady Jukbang of the Juksan Park clan (? )
    1. Kim Il, Crown Prince Maui (912 - ?) ( ?)
    2. Kim Deok-ji, Prince Beom (914 - ?) ( )
    3. Kim Myeong-jong, Prince Yeongbun ( )
    4. Queen Heonsuk of the Gyeongju Kim clan (? )
  2. Princess Nakrang of the Kaesong Wang clan (? )[6]
    1. Kim Eun-yeol, Prince Daean ( )
    2. Kim Seok, Prince Uiseong ( )
    3. Kim Geon, Prince Gangreung ( )
    4. Kim Seon, Prince Eonyang ( )
    5. Kim Chu, Prince Samcheok ( )
    6. Unnamed princess[7]
    7. Lady Sinran of the Gyeongju Kim clan ( )[8]
  3. Princess Wang of the Kaesong Wang clan ( )[9]

In popular culture

See also


  1. ^ (in Korean) King Gyeongsun at Encyclopedia of Korean Culture
  2. ^ a b (in Korean) King Gyeongsun at Doosan Encyclopedia
  3. ^ (in Korean) Crown Prince Ma-ui at Doosan Encyclopedia
  4. ^ Shinheung is a posthumous title, his real name was Kim Hyo-jong.
  5. ^ Uiheung is a posthumous title, his real name was Kim Sil-hong.
  6. ^ Daughter of Taejo of Goryeo and Queen Shinmyeongsunseong.
  7. ^ Later married Hwang Gyeong.
  8. ^ Later married Lee Geum-Seo.
  9. ^ Daughter of Taejo of Goryeo and Lady Seongmu of the Pyeongsan Park clan.
Gyeongsun of Silla
 Died: 978
Regnal titles
Preceded by
King of Silla
Succeeded by

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