신라 (新羅)
57 BCE – 935 CE
Royal seal of Silla
Royal seal
Pre-Later Silla at its height in 576
Pre-Later Silla at its height in 576
CapitalGyeongju (Geumseong, then Seorabeol)
Common languagesSillan language
Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism, Shamanism (Sindo)
• 57 BCE – 4
Hyeokgeose (first)
• 540–576
• 654–661
• 661–681
• 681–692
• 927–935
Gyeongsun (last)
• Establishment
57 BCE
• Introduction of Buddhism
• Campaigns of King Jinheung
• Handover to the Goryeo
935 CE
• 7th century[1]
• 8th century[1]
Preceded by
Succeeded by
Jinhan confederacy
Today part of South Korea
 North Korea
Revised RomanizationSilla

Silla (57 BCE[note 1] – 935 CE) (Hangul신라; Hanja新羅; RRSilla Korean pronunciation: [ɕ]) was a kingdom located in southern and central parts of the Korean Peninsula. Silla, along with Baekje and Goguryeo, formed the Three Kingdoms of Korea.

Founded by Hyeokgeose of Silla of Park family, the dynasty was ruled by the Gyeongju Gim (Kim) (김, 金) clan for 586 years, Miryang Park (Bak) (박, 朴) clan for 232 years, Seok clan for 172 years. It began as a chiefdom in the Samhan confederacies, once allied with Sui China and then Tang China, until it eventually conquered the other two kingdoms, Baekje in 660 and Goguryeo in 668. Thereafter, Later Silla occupied most of the Korean Peninsula, while the northern part re-emerged as Balhae, a successor-state of Goguryeo. After nearly 1,000 years of rule, Silla fragmented into the brief Later Three Kingdoms of Silla, Later Baekje, and Taebong, handing over power to Goryeo in 935.[2]


Until its founding as a full-fledged kingdom, Silla was recorded using several hanja, Chinese character, combinations to phonetically approximate its native Korean name. Among those used, there include 斯盧 (사로, Saro), 斯羅 (사라, Sara), 徐那(伐) (서나[벌], Seona[beol]), 徐耶(伐) (서야[벌], Seoya[beol]), 徐羅(伐) (서라[벌], Seora[beol]), and 徐伐 (서벌, Seobeol).

In 504, Jijeung of Silla standardized the characters into 新羅(신라), which in Modern Korean is pronounced "Shilla".

One etymological hypothesis suggests that the name Seorabeol might have been the origin of the word Seoul, meaning "capital city", and also the name of the present capital of South Korea, which was previously known as Hansung (漢城) or Hanyang (漢陽). The name of the Silla capital may have changed into its Late Middle Korean form Syeobeul (셔블), meaning "royal capital city," which might have changed to Syeoul (셔울) soon after, and finally resulted in Seoul (서울) in the Modern Korean language.

The name of either Silla or its capital Seorabeol was widely used throughout Northeast Asia as the ethnonym for the people of Silla, appearing as Shiragi in Japanese and as Solgo or Solho in the language of the medieval Jurchens and their later descendants, the Manchus, respectively. In the modern Mongolian language, Korea and Koreans are still known as Солонгос Solongos, which seems to be an alteration of Silla influenced by the Mongolian word for "rainbow" (солонго solongo).

Silla was also referred to as Gyerim (鷄林, 계림), literally "chicken forest," a name that has its origins in the forest near the Silla capital. Legend has it that the state's founder was born in the same forest, hatched from the egg of a cockatrice (Kor. gyeryong, 雞龍, 계룡, literally "chicken-dragon").

Other Languages
العربية: مملكة شلا
azərbaycanca: Şila krallığı
تۆرکجه: شیلا
Bân-lâm-gú: Sin-lô
беларуская: Сіла (дзяржава)
català: Silla (Corea)
čeština: Silla
Deutsch: Silla
español: Silla (Corea)
Esperanto: Silla
français: Silla (Corée)
한국어: 신라
हिन्दी: सिल्ला
Bahasa Indonesia: Silla
italiano: Silla (Corea)
ქართული: სილა
қазақша: Силла
Kiswahili: Silla
latviešu: Silla
lietuvių: Šila (Korėja)
magyar: Silla
മലയാളം: സില്ല
مازِرونی: سیلا
Bahasa Melayu: Silla
Mìng-dĕ̤ng-ngṳ̄: Sĭng-lò̤
монгол: Шилла
Nederlands: Silla (Korea)
日本語: 新羅
norsk: Silla
Plattdüütsch: Silla
polski: Silla
português: Silla (Coreia)
română: Silla
русский: Силла
Scots: Silla
සිංහල: සිල්ලා
Simple English: Silla
slovenčina: Silla
کوردی: شیللا
српски / srpski: Сила (краљевство)
srpskohrvatski / српскохрватски: Sila kraljevstvo
suomi: Silla
svenska: Silla
Tagalog: Silla
ไทย: ชิลลา
українська: Сілла
Tiếng Việt: Tân La
文言: 新羅
吴语: 新罗
粵語: 新羅
中文: 新罗