KIM Isabu(金 異斯夫) was a general and politician of Shilla(新羅, Silla) during the 6th century. He was also known as Taejong(苔宗). He is best remembered today for his role in subjugating the island nation of Usanguk(于山國), which is Ulleungdo(鬱陵島) and Dokdo(獨島) areas today. Although frequently referred to as "Isabu", his family name is written as KIM in the Samguk Sagi(三國史記). He was the 4th generation descendant of King Naemul(奈勿王), which also provides direct proof that his family name was KIM.
But In Samguk Yusa(三國遺事), his name is Park I-Jong(朴伊宗).
In 512, or the 13th year of King Jijeung(智證王), he captured Usanguk(于山國) as the governor of Haseullaju(何瑟羅州), which is Gangneung(江陵) area today. At that time, Usanguk was an independent tribal nation by the seas. Because of its people's aggressiveness and fieriness, it was not easy to defeat them. Therefore, Isabu came up with a wise tactic. He made wooden lions, arranged them on his vessels, and proceeded to Usanguk. Then, he said, "If you don't surrender, I'll release these hungry lions and have them eat you." As a result, the people of Usanguk surrendered obediently and promised to pay taxes to Shilla every year.
In 541, or the 2nd year of King Jinheung(眞興王), Isabu became Ichan(伊飡), which is the second highest position in Shilla’s Cabinet. He also advised the King about the importance of organizing a national history and appointed GEO Chilbu(居柒夫) to publish Shilla's national history. Dokdo has been a territory of Korea since the time of Isabu.
Quotes·Quotation by Isabu(異斯夫)
¶ If you don’t surrender, I’ll release these hungry lions and have them eat you.