Gim Mu-ryeok

Kim Mu-ryeok (518 ~ 16 October 579) was a Silla general under King Jinheung in the mid-6th century. The events of his life are known solely through a brief account in the 12th-century chronicle Samguk Sagi.[1] He was the third son of King Guhae, the last ruler of Geumgwan Gaya, who had joined his family with the true-bone elites of Silla. After his father's surrender in 532, Kim joined the Silla military at the high rank of gakgan. In 553, he led his army to seize the northeastern frontier of Baekje. After taking the area, Kim was made its governor. In 554, he met the Baekje armies at Gwansan Castle, killing King Seong and four of his ministers, and taking some 29,000 prisoners.

Gim Mu-ryeok
Revised RomanizationGim Muryeok
McCune–ReischauerKim Muryŏk

Kim was also the grandfather of famed Silla general Kim Yu-sin.


  1. ^ This is the sole source cited by Lee ed. (1983) and Lee ed. (1993), who agree on all details.


  • Lee, Hong-jik (이홍직) ed. (1983). 새國史事典 (Sae guksa sajeon) (Encyclopedia of Korean history). Seoul: Gyohaksa.CS1 maint: extra text: authors list (link)
  • Lee, Il-cheong (이일청) ed. (1993). 인명국사대사전 (Inmyeong guksa sajeon). Seoul: Goryeo Munhwasa.CS1 maint: extra text: authors list (link)

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