Gung Ye

Gung Ye (Korean: 궁예, hanja: 弓裔, 869? - 24 July 918) was the Korean Goryeo Dynasty's first King. He was a Silla noble. His family name was Kim (김, 金), but was changed to Gung (궁, 弓). His first name was Seonjong (선종, 善宗).

Gung Ye
King of Goryeo
Reign901 – 918
SuccessorTaejo of Goryeo
Died(918-07-24)July 24, 918
IssueChunggwang, Shingwang, Sunbaek
HouseHouse of Kim
FatherHeonan of Silla or Gyungmun of Silla
MotherLady JAng


He was the illegitimate child of King Heonan of Silla or Gyungmun of Silla. Later, around 880 he lost in the Silla royal family's war of succession. Gung Ye disappeared in the north. In 900, he started a country called Goryeo.


  • The Academy of Korean Studies, Korea through the Ages Vol. 1, The Editor Publishing Co., Seoul, 2005. ISBN 89-7105-544-8
Preceded by
King of Goryeo Dynasty
Succeeded by
King Wanggun