Samguk Yusa

Definition

The Samguk yusa ('Memorabilia of the Three Kingdoms') is a 13th-century CE text which covers the history and legends of Korea's founding right up to the 10th century CE. It is a sequel of sorts to the earlier Samguk sagi ('Records of the Three Kingdoms') written in the 12th century CE which is considered the first history of Korea. The Samguk yusa was mostly compiled by the Buddhist scholar-monk Iryeon and remains today an invaluable historical source and component of Korean Literature.

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Timeline

  • 668 - 935
    Unified Silla Kingdom in Korea.
  • 918 - 1392
    The Goryeo Dynasty rules in Korea.
  • 1285
    The Samguk yusa ('Memorabilia of the Three Kingdoms') is written by Iryeon in Korea.
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