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Cheolli Jangseong


Ch'ŏlli Changsŏng

Cheolli Jangseong

Cheolli Jangseong (lit. "Thousand Li Wall") in Korean history usually refers to the 11th-century northern defense structure built during the Goryeo dynasty in present-day North Korea, though it also refers to a 7th-century network of military garrisons in present-day Northeast China, built by Goguryeo, one of the Three Kingdoms of Korea.


Goguryeo period

After Goguryeo's victory in the Goguryeo–Sui Wars, in 631 Goguryeo began the fortification of numerous military garrisons after the Tang dynasty, the successor to the Sui in China, began incursions from the northwest. Its construction was supervised by Yeon Gaesomun during the reign of King Yeongnyu. The preparation and coordination was completed in 647, after which Yeon Gaesomun took control of the Goguryeo court in a coup.

The network of fortresses ran for approximately 1000 li in what is now Northeast China, from Buyeoseong (부여성, 扶餘城) (present-day Nong'an County) to the Bohai Bay.

The most important of the garrisons were as follows:

  • Bisa (Hangul :비사성, Hanja :卑沙城, present-day Jinzhou County in Dalian)
  • Geonan (Hangul :건안성, Hanja :建安城, present-day Gaizhou)
  • Ansi (Goguryeo :안촌홀(安寸忽, Hangul :안시성, Hanja :安市城, near present-day Haicheng in Anshan Prefecture)
  • Baegam (Hangul :백암성, Hanja :白巖城, in present-day Dengta County of Liaoyang prefecture)
  • Yodong (Hangul :요동성, Hanja :遼東城, just to the east of present-day Liaoyang)
  • Gaemo (Hangul :개모성, Hanja :蓋牟城, present-day Shenyang)
  • Hyeondo (Hangul :현도성, Hanja :玄菟城)
  • Shin (Hangul :신성 Hanja :新城, present-day Fushun)
  • Buyeo (Hangul :부여성, Hanja :扶餘城, present-day Nong'an County in Jilin)
  • Goryeo period

    Cheolli Janseong also refers to the stone wall built from 1033 to 1044, during the Goryeo dynasty, in the northern Korean peninsula. Sometimes called Goryeo Jangseong ("Great Wall of Goryeo"), it is roughly 1000 li in length, and about 24 feet in both height and width. It connected the fortresses built during the reign of Emperor Hyeonjong, passing through these cities,

  • Uiju (의주, 義州)
  • Wiwon (위원, 威遠)
  • Heunghwa (흥화, 興化)
  • Jeongju (정주, 靜州)
  • Yeonghae (영해, 寧海)
  • Yeongdeok (영덕, 寧德)
  • Yeongsak (영삭, 寧朔)
  • Jeongyung (정융, 定戎)
  • Yeongwon (영원, 寧遠)
  • Pyeongno (평로, 平虜)
  • Sakju (삭주, 朔州)
  • Maengju (맹주, 孟州)
  • Unju (운주, 雲州)
  • Cheongsae (청새, 淸塞)
  • Ansu (안수, 安水)
  • Yeongheung (영흥, 永興)
  • Yodeok (요덕, 耀德)
  • Jeongbyeon (정변, 靜邊)
  • and ending at Hwaju (화주, 和州).
  • King Deokjong ordered Yuso to build the defenses in response to incursions by the Khitan of the northwest and the Jurchen of the northeast. It was completed during the reign of Emperor Jeongjong.

    It ran from the mouth of the Yalu River to around Hamheung of present-day North Korea. Remnants are still extant, including in Ŭiju and Chŏngp'yŏng.


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