Choi (Korean surname)

[[Image:Distribution of South Korean family names.svg|thumb|right|54% of Korean people bear the family name Kim, Lee, Park, Choi, Jung, or variants thereof.

- Choi (Korean surname)

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City located in South Hwanghae Province near Haeju Bay in North Korea.

Haeju is the home of the Haeju Choi and the Haeju Oh clan.


Coastal city in the far southeastern corner of North Gyeongsang Province in South Korea.

A portrait of the last king of Silla, King Gyeongsun (r. 927–935). After his surrender to King Taejo, Gyeongju lost its status as capital city.
Chilbulam (rock-engraving of seven Buddhas) on Namsan, Gyoengju.
Seokguram grotto on the slopes of Toham mountain.
Principal mountains and drainage patterns of Gyeongju. Mountains of 500 to 700 m are in green, those taller than 700 m in violet. The rest three in gray are under 500 m.
Gyeongju City Hall in Dongcheon-dong.
Gyeongju National Museum.
A gold crown excavated from Gold Crown Tomb. National Treasures of South Korea No. 87.
Divine Bell of King Seongdeok
Yi Je-hyeon (1287–1367)
Gyeongju bread, a local speciality.
Ssambap, a rice dish served with vegetable leaves, various small side dishes and condiments.
2008 Gyeongju Citizens' Athletics Festival held at Gyeongju Public Stadium.
Gampo Port
Paddy fields in Gyeongju
A fruit shop at Seongdong Market
Dabotap pagoda at Bulguksa temple
Bunhwangsa pagoda, National Treasure of Korea No. 30
Gyeongju Sinmun, a local newspaper company is housed in this building.
A building of the Gyeongju Hyanggyo
Campus of Dongguk University in Gyeongju at night
Dongguk University Gyeongju Hospital
A view of Hyeongsan River from Dong Bridge. The river is one of water sources of Gyeongju.
Gyeongju train station

The Gyeongju Choe and Lee clans also trace their ancestry to the Silla elites.

Choe Chiwon

Korean philosopher and poet of the late medieval Unified Silla period (668-935).

Portrait of Choe Chiwon.

Choe Chiwon is now claimed by the Gyeongju Choe clan as their founder.

Choe Yeong

Korean general born in Hongseong or Cheorwon during the Goryeo period.

The tomb of General Choi Yeong

Choe Yeong was born into the prestigious Cheolwon (more recently known as Dongju) Choe noble clan as the fifth descendant of Choe Yu-cheong, the Grand Scholar of Jiphyeonjeon, the Royal Academy, and the son of Choe Won-jik.

Choe Bu

Korean official during the early Joseon Dynasty.

The hyanggyo of Daegu; the hyanggyo were government-run educational facilities where students were educated for civil service.
Map of the Korean peninsula with Jeju Island located towards the bottom left in the East China Sea
An 1871 photo of a Korean junk ship
A scene from a 12th-century painting by the Song dynasty artist Zhang Zeduan, showing people carried in Chinese litters, the same which Choe and his officers were carried around in while traversing through Zhejiang
The course of the Grand Canal; from Ningbo to Beijing, Choe Bu's escort party traveled a total distance of 2340 km in 49 days of travel.
The Liuhe Pagoda of Hangzhou, built by 1165 during the Song dynasty
The Precious Belt Bridge of Suzhou, built in 1446 during the Ming dynasty
Grand Canal section of modern Jining, Shandong
The Hongzhi Emperor (r. 1488–1505)

Choe Bu of the Tamjin Choe clan was born in 1454 in the prefectural town of Naju in Jeollanam-do, Korea.

Choe U

1235 Mongol invasion of Goryeo

Choe U (1166 - 10 December 1249) was the second Choe dictator of the Ubong Choe Military regime.

Choe Chung

Satellite image of Korea

Choe Chung (984–1068) was a Korean Confucian scholar and poet of the Haeju Choe clan during the Goryeo period.

Choe Sejin

Korean linguist, and a translator and interpreter of the Chinese language during the Joseon Dynasty.

He is of the Goesan Choe clan and his courtesy name was Gongseo (공서; 公瑞).

Goryeo military regime

The government of the Goryeo dynasty from the time of the military coup d'état of 1170 to the Sambyeolcho Rebellion of 1270 and the definitive subordination of Korea to the Yuan dynasty.

The rule of the Ubong Choe family from 1196 to 1258 is known as the "regime of the Choe clan" (최씨정권, 崔氏政權).

Goguryeo controversies

Ancient kingdom (37 BC – 668 AD) located in present-day Northeast China and the Korean Peninsula.

Like Wang Geon, regional warlords and residents situated in today's Pyeong'an, Hwanghae, Gangwon, and northern parts of the Gyeonggi Province were for the most part Goguryeo refugees that founded the Goryeo Dynasty with Wang Geon. Korean surnames such as Yun (尹), Kang (姜/康), Yoo (柳/庾/劉), Yeom (廉), Cha (車), Hwangbo (皇甫), etc., are known to have descended from these regional lords of Goguryeo descent. Aside from these surnames, other regional lords and contributors to the founding of the nation were also given Silla-style surnames such as Kim (金), Park (朴), Choi (崔), and Jung (鄭). A significant amount of Goguryeo refugees have also maintained a strong presence in the southwestern regions of the Jeolla Province after the fall of Goguryeo in the form of the Kingdom of Bodeok; later having been incorporated into Silla and hence deported to southern regions by Sinmun of Silla. The main contingents of the Goguryeo Revival Movement linked with former Goguryeo warlords and nobles rooted in Liaodong and Pyongyang rebelling against Tang's dominion have also been accepted into Silla during the course of the Silla-Tang Wars; later settling within Silla's polity. These dispersed group of Goguryeo people would later constitute a part of the northern warlords and residents of Goguryeo descent around the time of Silla's fall.