Michu of Silla
was the thirteenth ruler of the Korean
state of Silla
(262-284). He was the first king of the Kim
clan to sit on the Silla throne; this clan would hold the throne for most of Silla's later history. He was the son of Gudo
, a leading Silla general, and the sixth-generation descendant of the clan founder Kim Alji
During Michu's reign, the Samguk Sagi
reports numerous attacks from Baekje, and does not mention any contact with the other neighboring states.
Michu's tomb is preserved in central Gyeongju
today. Various legends pertain to this burial mound, which is known as the Jukjangneung
, or "Bamboo chief tomb."
Although records of his era are not abundant, he seemed to have large interests on agriculture. In 264, he visited the peasant people to encourage them during a severe famine. In 268, subjects were dispatched by Michu to hear concerns of people.
Additionally, he was quite compassionate in that he turned down the requirement of rebuilding palaces for the reason that the people shouldn't labor too much.