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Conclusion: Defining Periods in Koguryŏ History

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This chapter provides a concluding view of the book, which traces the development of Koguryŏ with the focus on its political history starting from its inception as a federated league to its growth into a centralized dominion. The book discusses that the Chumong legend as presented in Samguk Sagi covers the two stages of his migration from East Puyo and his establishment of a new nation. As recorded in Samguk Sagi Koguryŏ Annals, there is a kernel of truth in the basic plot of the Chumong legend which centres on the southward movement of groups from Puyŏ and the foundation of Koguryŏ by the Kyeru Bu royal house. And one should rethink the point that archaeological evidence that Koguryŏ was founded by migrant groups from the Puyŏ area has not been confirmed in the middle region of the Yalu River Basin.

Keywords: Chumong legend; Kyeru Bu royal house; Puyŏ area; Samguk Sagi Koguryŏ Annals; Yalu River Basin



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