Beop of Baekje

Beop of Baekje (died 600) (r. 599–600) was the 29th king of Baekje, one of the Three Kingdoms of Korea. He was the eldest son of King Hye. He reigned as Baekje power declined, having lost the Seoul region to the rival Silla kingdom.

Beop of Baekje
Hangul
법왕
Hanja
法王
Revised RomanizationBeop-wang
McCune–ReischauerPŏp-wang
Birth name
Hangul
선 or 효순
Hanja
宣 or 孝順
Revised RomanizationSeon or Hyosun
McCune–ReischauerSŏn or Hyosun

He may have chosen his name, which translates as "law king" or "dharma king", to emphasize his identification with the Buddhist faith. [1]

Beop's brief reign is mostly remembered for his ban on all killing, including hunting and butchering. He ordered the release of falcons and the burning of fishing and hunting tools. According to the Samguk Yusa, this ban was established in the twelfth lunar month of 599.

He began construction on the Wangheungsa temple, which was completed late in his successor's reign.

FamilyEdit

  • Father: Hye of Baekje
  • Mother: unknown
    • Half-sister: Princess Wu Yeong (우영공주, 優永公主, ?–?)
    • Queen: unknown

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Beop of Baekje
Cadet branch of the House of Go
 Died: 600
Regnal titles
Preceded by
Hye
King of Baekje
599–600
Succeeded by
Mu