Minjung of Goguryeo

King Minjung of Goguryeo (? – 48, r. 44–48[1]) was the fourth ruler of Goguryeo, the northernmost of the Three Kingdoms of Korea.

Minjung of Goguryeo
Revised RomanizationMinjung-wang
Birth name
Revised RomanizationHae Saek-ju
McCune–ReischauerHae Saekchu


According to the Samguk Sagi, he was the younger brother of his predecessor Daemusin, and the fifth and youngest son of Goguryeo's second king Yuri. He became king because of the young age of the crown prince, his nephew and Daemusin's son Hae U (the subsequent king Mobon).[2]

However, according to the Samguk Yusa, Minjung was Daemusin's son and the younger brother of Mobon (Hae U).


Though Minjung did not reign for long, he was able to avoid military conflicts and kept peace through most of the kingdom.

Several natural disasters marked his reign. In the second year of Minjung's reign, a flood occurred in the eastern provinces causing several citizens to lose their homes and starve. Seeing this, Minjung opened up the food storage and distributed food to the people.[a]

In the fourth year of his reign, Minjung found a stone grotto in the western region of his kingdom and was said to have rested in it after a long hunt.[2]


In 48, after 5 years of reign, Minjung fell ill and died. On his deathbed, he asked to be buried at the place where he had rested and his subjects fulfilled his wish. He was buried at a stone grotto in Minjung-won, thus he was give the posthumous name, Minjung.[2]

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  1. ^ cited from book 14 of Samguk Sagi, 2nd volume of goguryeo bongi. "二年 春三月 宴群臣 夏五月 國東大水 民饑 發倉賑給".


  1. ^ Nahm, Andrew C. Korea: Tradition and Transformation — A History of the Korean People, second edition, Elizabeth, NJ: Hollym International (1996). ISBN 1-56591-070-2, pp. 573
  2. ^ a b c "민중왕" (in Korean). Doopedia. Retrieved 2016-02-28.
Minjung of Goguryeo
 Died: 48
Regnal titles
Preceded by
King of Goguryeo
Succeeded by