(67? – 179) (명림답부, 明臨答夫) was the first Guksang (국좌상, Prime Minister) of Goguryeo
, and was known for his overthrowing of the tyrannical King Chadae
, and his victory against the Han Dynasty
at the Battle of Jwa-won
Rise to Power
Myeongnim Dap-bu was a Joui Seonin
(조의 선인) of the Yeonna province of Goguryeo
. He rose through the ranks during King Taejo's
reign, and was in the courts by the time of Taejo's death. When Chadae rose to the throne in 146, Myeongnim Dap-bu faced many challenges and suffered under the tyrant's reign.
Finally, in 165, during the 20th year of King Chadae
's reign, Myeongnim Dap-bu led an army and assassinated the king with the support of some of the nobles and court officials. At the age of 99, Myeongnim Dap-bu took control of the Goguryeo government.
He invited Prince Go Baek-go
, the younger brother of King Taejo, to become the next king. Go Baek-go was proclaimed the 8th King of Goguryeo during that year, and Myeongnim Dap-bu was given the position of Guksang
(국상, 國相, Prime Minister), and became the first to receive the title in the history of Goguryeo
. Myeongnim Dap-bu served faithfully under the new king, and defeated Han Chinese forces at the Battle of Jwa-won.
Death and Accomplishments
Myeongnim Dap-bu died in 179, at the age of 113 (112 by Western convention), after leading Goguryeo forces to victory against a tremendous Han army. Myeongnim Dap-bu served Goguryeo and brought... Read More