Building and Managing Endowments: Lessons from Southeast by Eugenio M. Gonzales

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Han armies swept north across Manchuria into northern Korea, destroyed Wanggo˘mso˘ng, and in   set up four commanderies. This turned out to be a defining date in north-east Asian history. Of the four, Lelang (Kor. Nangnang), centred on the restored site of Wanggo˘mso˘ng in the Taedong valley, and Xuantu (Kor. Hyo˘ndo), filling erstwhile Yemaek lands north of the Yalu, were the most important; in   they absorbed Zhenfan (Kor. Chinbo˘n) and Lintun (Kor. Imdun), extending south from Lelang to the Han river valley and east to the coast respectively.

This was the chance U soldiers rushed out and chased the Chinese right back to their own frontier town in Liaodong, a distance of some  miles, in less than  hours. According to the Samguk sagi, only , reached home safely. ˘ lchi Mondo˘k’s renown is rivalled only by that of Silla’s outstanding U general, Kim Yusin, whom we shall meet in chapter Two. The laconic nature of textual references to these trans-regional exchanges does little to suggest the human stories lying behind them. We can only guess, for example, what it felt like for the girls periodically sent as brides to foreign courts, for the crown prince of Paekche when he was dispatched to the Yamato court as a hostage in  , or for a Silla prince who experienced the same fate in .

Its brick walls were covered with geometric patterns and remnants of the four mythic animals. -metre-long suite in typical Koguryo˘ style at Songjuk-ri, Yo˘ntan county, they dated to the early fifth century . It comprised an entrance passage, reception chamber, connecting passage and coffin chamber. The floor had been covered with mud and spread with charcoal before being whitewashed. The walls were of trimmed limestone, neatly whitewashed, and painted with murals showing a procession, a hunt, soldiers and domestic scenes.

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