Queen Elizabeth VS Queen Seondeok

Perhaps there is no one who has studied western history that does not know it was Queen Elizabeth (1558–1603) who made the most important contribution to develop England into a great world empire. When Queen Elizabeth ascended the throne in 1558, England was experiencing many difficulties at home and abroad. The country was being threatened by Religious Wars and surrounding powers while being poorly governed domestically, being an underdeveloped country in Europe with endless economic depressions. But Queen Elizabeth gained the public trust by appointing many talented politicians and pursuing real-life politics. And so, she laid the foundation for England to become a Great Empire by strengthening the nation.
Even today, the British people respect Queen Elizabeth calling the 16th century the ‘Elizabethan era’ for she became the queen of England as a young woman, 25 years old, and ruled over the country until her death at the age of 70. She never married but dedicated herself to developing England to become a global power.

However, have you heard of the first queen in the 5000 history of Korea?

Queen Seondeok(?~647), the 27th ruler of the Silla Kingdom, was the first queen to be crowned at a time when only men became kings. During the reign of Queen Seondeok (632-647), in 7th century, Silla had the weakest national power compared to Goguryeo and Baekje. But from the moment she became the queen, she took care of her poor people at home and abroad. She pursued various policies to improve the nation and appointed the two heroes, ‘Kim Yu Shin’ and ‘Kim Chun Chu’ thus laying the foundation for the unification of the three countries by Silla.

Nowadays, Koreans say that Silla, the weakest of the three countries, Goguryeo, Baekje and Silla, was able to unify the three countries and last for a thousand years because of the human resources and the leadership of nation’s leaders. Queen Seondeok came to the throne during a turbulent period but she was a great queen who paved the way for Silla over the next 1000 years with her outstanding wisdom.

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