Chinese Influence on Korea and Japan Essay

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Chinese Influence on Korea and Japan Today, Japanese and Korean civilizations are advanced, wealthy, and independent with their own system of government and religious beliefs due to the influences from China. The majority of Asia experienced changes in government and dealt with inter and intra state conflicts when the countries were most susceptible to influences from alliances made with other countries. The Tang Dynasty/ Silla alliance shaped the future of Korea’s religious and government movements. Art and literature from China also greatly impacted Korea’s and Japan’s society and provided new insight into literary expression through new forms of poetry and a new system of writing. Religion was also a major influence because of …show more content…
Nirvana was the ultimate goal that broke the cycle of rebirth. North Korea is connected to China by land, so Chinese monks travelled to Korea to spread their knowledge and practice of Buddhism. At the time, Korea was divided into the Three Kingdoms that were Koguryo, Silla, and Paekche. Outbreaks of conflict between the Three Kingdoms tore the peninsula apart and leaders of Silla sent officials to China who negotiated an alliance with officials of the current Tang Dynasty. This alliance was important because it led to Buddhism’s emergence as the major religion in Korea. Buddhism spread from Korea to Japan as well. Whereas Chinese monks came to Korea to spread Buddhism, Japan sent missions of important political figures to Korea and China to learn about Buddhism. Buddhism also brought different style of art and literature to Korean and Japanese societies. Buddhist sculpture and statues gave Japanese and Korean artists new materials to build with and new ways to express themselves. Many temples constructed by architects were similar to the style of Buddhist temples and the Tang Dynasty’s style of government buildings was also copied by Korean and Japanese societies. Religion also brought new styles of art and literature with it as well. Tancock 3
Chinese government legislation was a great influence on Korean and Japanese societies. Silla’s government was modeled closely to the Tang Dynasty’s form of government because of the alliance they