Namhae of Silla

Namhae of Silla (?–24, r. 4–24 CE) was the second King of Silla, one of the Three Kingdoms of Korea. He is commonly called Namhae Chachaung, chachaung being an early Silla title.

King of Silla
SpouseLady Unje
DynastySilla Dynasty
MotherLady Aryeong
Namhae of Silla
남해 차차웅
南解 次次雄
Revised RomanizationNamhae Chachaung
McCune–ReischauerNamhae Ch'ach'aung

Namhae is the only king who is called Chachaung. According to the Samguk Sagi, Kim Dae-Mun explained that the title "Chachaung" meant a shaman in Old Korean.


He was the eldest son of Park Hyeokgeose, Silla's founder, and Lady Aryeong. His surname was Park, and his wife was Lady Unje (Hangul:운제 Hanja:雲帝).


His reign was characterized by a series of foreign invasions. In 4, the Lelang army surrounded Geumseong, the Sillan capital, but was repelled.[1]

In 8, when the Namhae of Silla heard that Talhae was benevolent, he married his eldest daughter to him.[2]

The Wa of Japan invaded Silla in 14, and while Silla stopped them, Lelang invaded again. A comet shower was said to have scared the Lelang soldiers, however, and they retreated. [note 1][3]

The Bukmyeong(北溟) people plowed the fields and got Royal Seal of Ye(Hangul:예왕지인, Hanja:濊王之印), previously used by Buyeo's kings, and dedicated it to Silla in 19. It is not clear where Bukmyeong means.[4]

He was buried in Sareung-won.



Consort and their respective issue:

  • Lady Unje (알영부인)
    • Son: Ilji Galmulwang (일지 갈문왕)
    • Son: Yuri of Silla (?–57, r. 24–57), formally known as Yuri Isageum was the third king of Silla
    • Son: Unknown name
    • Daughter: Queen Ahyo (아효부인 박씨)–became the wife of Talhae of Silla

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혁거세 거서간
남해 차차웅

See alsoEdit


Namhae of Silla
 Died: 24
Regnal titles
Preceded by Ruler of Silla
Succeeded by


  1. ^ 三國史記 新羅本紀 南解 次次雄 元年 秋七月 樂浪兵至圍金城數重 王謂左右曰 二聖棄國 孤以國人推戴 謬居於位 危懼若涉川水 今隣國來侵 是孤之不德也 爲之若何 左右對曰 賊幸我有喪 妄以兵來 天必不祐 不足畏也 賊俄而退歸
  2. ^ 三國史記 新羅本紀 南解 次次雄 五年 春正月 王聞脫解之賢 以長女妻之
  3. ^ There is controversy about interpreting '夜有流星 墜於賊營' as 'meteor fell into the enemy's camp'.
  4. ^ 三國史記 新羅本紀 南解 次次雄 十六年春二月 北溟人耕田 得濊王印 獻之


  1. ^ 三國史記 新羅本紀 南解 次次雄 十一年 倭人遣兵船百餘艘 掠海邊民戶 發六部勁兵 以禦之 樂浪謂內虛 來攻金城 甚急 夜有流星 墜於賊營 衆懼而退 屯於閼川之上 造石堆二十而去 六部兵一千人追之 自吐含山東 至閼川 見石堆 知賊衆 乃止: In 14, the Wa people sent about 100 warships to plunder houses on the beach, so they sent soldiers to defend them. The situation was in an emergency when Nakrang regarded it as an opportunity and attacked the capital(Geumseong). At night, when the meteor fell into the enemy's camp, the enemy soldier retreated in fear. While stationed on the side of Alcheon Stream, they piled up 20 piles of stones and retreated. 1,000 soldiers chased them, and when they reached Alcheon river from the east of Mt.Toham(吐含山), they saw this pile of stones and thought there were many enemy groups, so they stopped chasing.