Mu of Balhae
|Mu of Balhae|
|Revised Romanization||Mu wang|
|Revised Romanization||Dae Muye|
|Monarchs of Korea
Dae Mu-ye was the eldest son of Dae Jo-yeong, the founder of the ancient kingdom of Balhae, He ascended to the throne after the death in 719 of his father. He was given the title of "King of the Gyeru Province" by Tang Emperor Xuanzong. He gave the posthumous title King Go to his father, Dae Jo-yeong. Since then, He declared the era name In-an, an act of independence from China's Tang dynasty. On the other hand, he frequently sent embassies to the Tang, including his sons and brothers.
Balhae's aggressive expansion triggered frictions with Tang China, Silla of southern Korea, the Khitans, the Xi, the Göktürks, and several Mohe tribes. When the Heishui Mohe in the north of Balhae came under the direct control of the Tang in 727, he attacked the Heisui Mohe fearing a pincer attack.
Dae Mun-ye (大門藝), His pro-Tang brother, opposed the military campaign and defected to the Tang. In 732, however, he ordered a punitive expedition to Tang at the Shandong with the Balhae navy to general Jang Mun-hyu. In the same Year, he led troops to Madushan (馬都山) in the vincity of Shanhaiguan and occupied towns nearby. In 733, Chinese Emperor Xuanzong ordered Dae Mun-ye to attack Balhae, along with forces from Silla, but the attack was not successful.
In 727, Balhae began to dispatch embassies to Japan to avoid international isolation. The king sent an official documentation to Japan indicating that Balhae recovered the terrain of Goguryeo and succeeded to the culture of Buyeo. Japan, whose relationship with Silla was strained, welcomed them as a revival of Goguryeo.
Dae Muye was succeeded by his son Dae Heummu in 737.
- New History of Tang Dynasty Wuchengci zhuan, p.4597; Comprehensive Mirror to Add in Government, Vol.210, Xuanzhong Kaiyuan 21th Year, January, “Kaoyi”,p.6800
- Encyclopædia Britannica
- Britannica Concise Encyclopedia
- Citation from The Encyclopedia of World History Sixth Edition, Peter N. Stearns (general editor), © 2001 The Houghton Mifflin Company, at Bartleby.com.
- Columbia Encyclopedia
- U.S. Library of Congress: Country Studies
- Provinces of Balhae Kingdom
- (Korean) The extension of Balhae Kingdom under King Mu
Go of Balhae
|Kings of Balhae
Mun of Balhae