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Kublai Khan

He ruled all of China as well as Korea, Tibet and Vietnam.

Marco Polo

He was an Italian merchant. He spent 17 years in Kublai's service.

Zheng He

He commanded first of the 7 expeditions.

Celadon

porcelain with an unusual blue-green glaze.

Hangul

alphabet using symbols to represent the sounds of spoken Korean.

Literacy rate

or percentage of people who can read and write.

Shilla

ruled from 668 to 918

Koryo

dynasty built their capital at Kaesong (keh sung) following the plan of the Tang capital at Chang'an.

Choson

dynasty.

Yi Song-gye

Korean general Yi Song-gye (ee sung keh) set up the Choson dynasty.

Sejong

In 1443, Korea's most celebrated ruler, King Sejong (seh jong) decided to replace the complex Chinese system of writing.

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