Korea History Timeline

Paleolithic Period

Paleolithic Period

8000 BC - 3000 BC

People started to develop their weapons and farming tools using bronze. There were dolmens found in this age which tells that there were rulers at this time.

Neolithic Period

Neolithic Period

3000 BC - 1000 BC

People started to stay in one place and build a village. They lived in huts and farmed and harvested different crops. They still hunted animals using developed tools such as sharpened rocks and bones.

Bronze and Iron Ages

Bronze Age

1000 BC - 400 BC

People started to develop their weapons and farming tools using bronze. There were dolmens found in this age which tells that there were rulers at this time.

Iron Age

400 BC - 108 BC

Most weapons were all made out of Iron since it was very powerful. Koreans started developing iron into lots of uses and traded with China and Japan.

Gojoseon Dynasty

Gojoseon Dynasty

2333 BC - 108 BC

The Gojoseon dynasty was founded by Dangun Wanggeom, who was the Lord of Heaven's son. Gojoseon was a kingdom with an advanced Bronze culture.

Buyeo Kingdom

Bukbuyeo Kingdom

238 BC - 58 BC

Bukbuyeo Kingdom formed in Manchuria, an area that Gojoseon lost control over after the war with China. In 86 BC, the disagreement in the throne resulted in the formation of Dongbuyeo Kingdom.

Dongbuyeo Kingdom

86 BC - 22 BC

It was established by a prince of Bukbuyeo named Hae Buru. The last emperor of Gojoseon rose against Bukbuyeo and took the throne. In 22 BC, it was conquered by Goguryeo.

The Three Kingdoms

Silla Kingdom

57 BC - 935 AD

Silla Kingdom was founded by Park Heok Guh Sae in 57 BC. There is a myth that he was born in an egg. The kingdom was the first three kingdoms (Baekje, Goguryeo) to be developed into a powerful kingdom. It defeated both Baekjae and Goguryeo in 660 and 668 AD and unified the three kingdoms.

Goguryeo Kingdom

37 BC - 668 AD

The kingdom was found by Jumong who was also believed to be born in an egg, same as the founder of the Silla Kingdom. Goguryeo Kingdom had the largest area of land between the three kingdoms and it occupied most of Manchuria.

Baekje Kingdom

18 BC - 660 AD

Baekje was founded by Eunjo who was Jumong (founder of Goguryeo)'s son. It occupied most of the west coast of the Korean peninsula.

Goryeo Dynasty

Goryeo Dynasty

918 AD - 1392 AD

After Goguryeo had declined, the people who survived the war united and formed Goryeo. The founder was Wang Geon. They defeated Hubaekje Kingdom and ruled the entire land of Korea until 1392 AD.

Joseon Dynasty

Joseon Dynasty

1392 AD - 1910 AD

General Lee Sung Gye conquered Goryeo and established the Joseon Dynasty. Korea's capital was moved to Seoul during the Joseon rule. The Joseon Dynasty started to Decline during the early 17th century after frequent invasions and attacks by China and Japan.

Japanese Occupation

Japanese Occupation

1910 AD - 1945 AD

Korea was occupied by Japan in 1910 and was the part of the Japanese Colony until 1945. During the occupation, Korean men were taken to wars and the people were forced to obey the Japanese emperor and learn Japanese history and language. After Japan lost in the World War II, Korea earned its independence. Korea was divided into two, north supported by Russia, and the south supported by America.

Korean War

Korean War

1950 CE - 1953 CE

June 25th, 1950, 4 am in the morning, North Korea had attacked South Korea and that was the start of the 3 year long war. China and Russia helped North Korea while America and the UN were helping South Korea. The war went in armistice after the destruction of both countries.