Korea 500 CE

Powerful and well-organized kingdoms are beginning to emerge in Korea.

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What is happening in Korea in 500CE

The continual wars between the Korean kingdoms made Korea a land of forts, walled cities, and warlike elites. Korean society at this time seems to have been an intriguing mix of spectacular barbarism and increasingly advanced civilization.

It was during this period that the tribal kingdoms, hitherto comparatively loose confederations of clans, transformed themselves into centrally-organized kingdoms, the three leading ones being Koguryo, Paechke and Silla. They have bureaucracies, standing armies and large capital cities modelled on Chinese lines. The ruling classes of the various kingdoms have adopted Chinese civilization wholesale, and both Confucianism and Buddhism have come into the peninsula from China during these centuries and established their influence at the highest levels of society.

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