A history of Korea from prehistoric times to today   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

      

 

 Paleolithic & Neolithic Korea

Tangun

Bronze Age Korea  

Han Commanderies

100 BC-300 AD

3 Kingdoms

57BC-668 AD

 

 

 

 

 

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Silla (Shilla)

668 - 935 AD  

Balhae (Parhae)

698-926 AD

 

Goryeo (Koryo)  

918-1392

Joseon (Choson) 1392-1910

Korean Empire 1897-1910

Imjin War 1592-98

The samurai invasion

 

 

Donghak  (Tonghak)Rebellion  1894

Japanese colony

1910-45

Korea War

1950-53

 

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Korean History Time Line 

 

Year

 

 

 

 

 

 

Japan

 

 

 China

 

500,000-8,000 BC

Palaeolithic period in Korea

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8,000-1,500 BC

Jeulmun pottery period

 

 

 

 

 

J

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P

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2333

 

mythical founding by Dangun

Old Choson - Gojoseon

  Great Pyramid of Giza built

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Shang

Dynasty

 

 

1,400

Mumun pottery period

 

 

 

 

 

1,300

 

 

 

 

 

 

1,200

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Zhou

Dynasty

 

 

 

 

1,100

 

 

 

 

 

 

1,000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

900

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

800

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

700

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

600

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

500

 Confucius

 Buddha

 

 

 

 Rome

 216 Cannae

 

Julius Caesar

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Warring

States China

 

 

400

 

 Pericles Athens Golden Age

 

 

 

300

 

 Alexander the Great

 

 

Yayoi

Qin

 

200

 

 

 

Puyo /Buyeo

absorbed by Koguryo

 

 

 

 Han

 

K

o

f

u

n

 

100

 

Silla/Shilla

 

 

780 King Hyegong assassinated/civil war

Four Commanderies of Han China in Korea

Kaya

 

 

100 AD

Koguruo/Goguryeo

 

 

Koguryo-Sui

war

668 Koguryo falls to Silla/Tang

Paekche/

Baekje

 

 

660 Paeckche falls to Silla/Tang

 

 

200

 

J

i

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300

 

 

 

 

B

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z

a

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t

i

n

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E

m

p

i

r

e

 

400

 

 

500

 

 

 

 

Asuka

Sui

 

600

 Muhammad

 

 

 

T

a

n

g

 

700

 

 Parhae/Balhae

 

 

 

 

 

Nara

 

 

800

 

 

 

 

Heian

 

 

900

 

 

  Liao/

Khitan

 

 

 

 

 

1000

 

 

Khitan invasions

 

 

 K

 o

 r

 y

 o

 

 

Mongol Invasion

1231 Koryo sumits to Mongol tributary for 80 years

 

1273 Cheju taken by Mongols

 

1376-85 large scale Wokou, Japanese pirate raids

 

 

 

 

 

Song

 

1100

 

 

 

 

 

 

1200

 

 

 

1274 and 1281 Mongol invasions of Japan

 

 

K

a

m

a

k

u

r

a

 

 

1300

 

 

 

 

 

M

u

r

o

m

a

c

h

i

 

Yuan

 

1400

 

 

 

 

 

 

M

i

n

g

 

1500

 

 

Imjin

War

 1637 Manchu Tributary State

 

 

C

h

o

s

o

n

 

 Joseon

 

 

French/US

invasion

 

Tonghak

 

Korean

Empire

 

 

Columbus

 

 

 

1600

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1700

 

 

 American/French

Revolution

 

 

 

 

Edo

 

 

 

 

 

 

Q

i

n

g

 

 

Taiping

Rebellion

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sino-Jap

War

 

1800

 

 

 Napoleon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

US Civil War

 

 

 U

 S

 A

 

 

 

 Great

 Depression

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Moon

Landing

 

 

 

1810

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1820

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1830

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1840

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1850

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1860

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1870

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1890

 

 

 

 

Meiji

 

 

 

1900

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1910

 

 

 

Japanese

Occupation

World War 1

 

Taisho

 

 

 

1920

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

U

S

S

R

 warlord era China

Long March

 

1930

 

 

 

 

S

h

o

w

a

 

 

1940

 

 Cheju Uprising 48

US withdraws most forces from South Korea 1949

 World War II

 

 

 Chinese Civil War

 

1950

Korean War

Syngman Rhee 48-60

 1960 student revolt

Park Chun Hee 63-79 

Kwangju 1980

Chun Doo-hwan 80-88

Roh Tae-woo88-93

 

Kim Young-sam 93-98

IMF crisis 97

Kim Dae-jung 98-03

Roh Moo-hyun 03-08

Lee Myung-bak 08

Kim Il-sung to 1994

 Juche 55

 

 

 

 

Kim il-Sung 94

 

 

 

 

 

 Cultural

Revolution

 

PRC

 

 Tian-An Men

 

 

 

1960

 

Vietnan War

 

 

 

1970

 

 Oil Embargo

 

 

 

1980

 

 

 

 

 

1990

 

 

 

Heisei

 

 

2000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The different spelling systems for Korean can make it difficult to know how to pronounce some words . Hear them here

Dangun Wanggeom / Tan'gun Wanggom Legenady founder of Korea  단군왕검  

Kisaeng 기생 ( female entertainers )  

Yangban  ( scholarly class of male intellectuals who were part of the ruling elite within prior to 1910) 

Koguryo/Goguryeo 고구려

Paekche/Baekje 백제  

Shilla/Silla  신라  

Hwarang ( 'Flower Youths' elite group of male youth in Shilla ) 화랑  

Koryo or Goryeo Dynasty

고구려   

Choson/Joseon Dynasty

 대조선국   

Japanese occupation  

일제 강점기

Korean War 한국전쟁  

 

 

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