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Gold Bar and Iksan as for international trade of Baekje

  • The Review of Korean History
  • 2010, (98), pp.169-196
  • Publisher : The Historical Society Of Korea
  • Research Area : Humanities > History

Park Namsoo 1

1국사편찬위원회

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ABSTRACT

In January, 2009, many sheets of small golden bar with a number of offering utensils were excavated from the west Stone Pagoda on the Mireuksa Temple. This paper aims at finding the background of appearance of Gold bar, tracing the circulation situation and examining the meanings of Gold bar in relation with international exchanges with China and Southeast Asia. Additionally, this paper noted that the circumstances which these gold bars remained in West Stone Pagoda on the Mireuksa Temple Site were related with the production of alluvial gold in Iksan and trade ports around Keum-gang river area. As a result, gold bars from the west Stone Pagoda on the Mireuksa Temple were produced to use for the trade with Southeast Asia and countries bordering on the western China. It suggests that King Mu managed Iksan area as a way to maximise the merits of newly launched routes facing the intense competition with Goguryeo and Silla for the supremacy over the Han river area in order to secure the diplomatic superiority toward China after the appearance of Sui and Tang.

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