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Daegaya is Alive. The historical field where the life of ancient country Daegaya is flowing


Downfall of Daegaya

As Daegaya was annexed into Shilla in AD 562, Gaya disappeared from the history.
When the result of excavation survey of Jisanri is reviewed, the shapes of tombs and earthenware were changed to Shilla’s type in the second half of AD 500’s and Daegaya type tombs and earthenware were not made anymore. Also, Shilla conquered Daegaya made the governing class live in other places with dispersion.

Therefore, Ureuk, who made Gayageum, was sent to Jungwongyeong (Chungju) in Shilla and Su Ghang, a great writer of Shilla, and Saeng Kim, a master of calligraphy, continued their activities in the place other than Goryeong although they were the descendants of Daegaya.

Accordingly, it may be said that, if the persons from Geumgwangaya such as Yusin Kim assisted Shilla with military affairs for unification after ruin of Gaya, the persons from Daegaya contributed in the development of Shilla with literature. Meanwhile, the descendents of Daegaya would keep the heartburning of national ruin after leading devoted Buddhist lives like Eung Sun and Jeong Lee who made large contributions in construction of Haeinsa.

Changes in earthenware and tombs

Daegaya, which existed for 520 years by 16 kings from King Ejinasi, the founder, and King Doseolji, was involved in the change in the international situation in AD 500’s and was annexed into Shilla. However, there is no record on the features of Daegaya after ruin. Nevertheless, as the result of the excavation survey of Jisanri Tumulus Site, it could be identified that there was a large change. That is, with entering into the second half of AD 500’s, the cavity-type stone coffin tombs, which was mostly constructed by Daegaya people, were changed to Tunnel-type stone room tombs in Shilla’s style and the earthenware in the tombs were also changed to Shilla’s type. This fact indicates that the culture of Daegaya was rapidly changed to Shilla’s culture after ruin.
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