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The Munhwa Ryu (or spelled Munhwa Yu) of Korea (Korean: 문화 류씨) is one of the great aristocratic houses of Goryeo and Joseon dynasty. "Munhwa" is the name of the clan seat, a township in modern-day Sinchon County, Hwanghae province, North Korea. The surname "Ryoo" comes from the character meaning willow tree. Hence, the lineage is also called "willow Ryoo" (버들 류씨).

Ryu clan of Munhwa
문화 류씨
文化 柳氏
Revised RomanizationMunhwa Ryu
McCune–ReischauerMunhwa Ryu

In the early tenth century AD the clan's progenitor Ryoo Cha-dal (류차달; 柳車達) was instrumental in defeating subversive forces and reuniting the kingdom under a new regime, the Goryeo dynasty (고려왕조(918-1392). For his loyalty and service King Taejo rewarded Ryoo with estates and the title "helper in great victory" (대승공; 大丞公).

Until recently, it was thought that the Cha clan (차; 車) shared the same lineage as the Munhwa Ryoo clan. However, historians have proven that this was in fact an error.

There are around 300,000 individuals in the clan.The clan is further divided into many smaller branches that were founded by people of Korean historical significance.

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The progenitor of Munwha Ryu clan Ryu Cha Dal on the sport light in North Korea

Historical Novel on Ryu Cha Dal Published, (North) Korean Central News Agency

Date: 31/08/2018 | Source: (En) | Read original version at source

Pyongyang, August 31 (KCNA) -- The Art and Literature Publishing House in the DPRK recently published historical novel "Oh My Sky, Oh My Land" authored by Jo Chong Un to mark the 1 100th founding anniversary of Koryo (918-1392), the first unified state of the Korean nation.

The novel deals with the devotion made by Ryu Cha Dal, founder of the Ryu family, to the national unification when Paekje, late Silla and Thaebongkuk (late Koguryo), countries that existed after the period of the Three Kingdoms (early 3rd century B.C.-middle 7th century A.D.), had been merged into Koryo.

Through the life of Ryu Cha Dal, the novel implants in the minds of readers the truth that anyone can be remembered by the history if he or she made sincere dedication to the unity of fellow countrymen.

The tomb of Ryu Cha Dal and Sindo Monument were registered as state preservation relics Nos. 1777 and 1778, thanks to the culture conservation policy of the DPRK and excellently remodeled in August 2013.