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By AD520 the Silla kings ruled the south east of the Korean peninsulaSilla society was powerful and hierarchical. Its royalty was buried in these moundsThe City of Gyeongju was the capital of the Silla kingdomIt brought royal, religious and administrative affairs together in one placeLater kingdoms continued this tradition of centralised powerKing Sejong developed the Korean alphabet in the 1440sImportant information had to be recorded in writingCourt historians had great authority and wrote their own versions of eventsMany of these records still exist today and tell us about Korean historyThe writings of Chinese philosopher Confucius influenced court and societyOfficials set an example of good behaviour by their correct observance of certain ceremoniesThese rituals showed that the rulers were diligent and moralJust as the people they ruled were meant to beThese ceremonies are still observed at the Royal Ancestral Shrine in SeoulThe dragon is a symbol of royal powerand is used across many art formsfrom ceremonial furnitureto ceramics decorated with a dragon......chasing a flaming pearl across the clouds
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