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This article is about the civilization in Age of Empires. For the civilization in Age of Empires II: The Conquerors, see Koreans.
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To broadly Benefit Humanity.
—Dangun Wanggeom

The Choson (고조선; Ko-Choson; "Ancient Choson") is the name of an ancient Korean kingdom (approximately 108 BC), that was located in the capital city at Wanggeom. It is one of the three playable East Asian civilizations in Age of Empires. They are one of the most frequently used civilizations in multiplayer, mostly in Deathmatches. They are both an offensive and defensive civilization and are powerful from the Bronze Age to the Iron Age. All of the Choson buildings have a distinct East Asian-styled architecture, along with the Yamato and the Shang, due to it being an East Asian civilization. Their successor civilization is known as the Koreans in Age of Empires II.



The advantages of the Choson are that their Short/Broad/Long Swordsmen and Legion have additional hit points, making them a good offensive civilization to begin with. Their towers have +2 range, and Priests cost 32% less. All of these bonuses as a whole makes the Choson an excellent choice on both offensive and defensive strategies.

Campaign appearances[]

The Choson appear as AI players in:

Yamato, Empire of the Rising Sun[]

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AI player names[]

Names shown in italics are only used in the original game, names shown in bold are used in both the original game and its expansions.

  • Tan'gun-Wanggom (檀君王儉) - Legendary founder of Gojoseon around 2333 BC (Dangun Wanggeom)
  • Wiman Choson (衛滿朝鮮) - Ruler of Gojoseon 194-? BC
  • Tan'gun II - Did not exist in Korea
  • Wiman Choson II - Did not exist in Korea
  • Tan'gun III - Did not exist in Korea
  • Wiman Choson III - Did not exist in Korea
  • Tan'gun IV - Did not exist in Korea
  • Chun (準王) - Ruler of Gojoseon c. 220-194 BC
  • Ugo (衛右渠) - Last king of Gojoseon ?-108 BC
  • Wiman - See Wiman Choson
  • Wigut'ae (慰仇太王) - King of Buyeo in de 2nd century AD
  • Uiryo (依慮王) - King of Buyeo AD ?-285
  • Hyon (玄王) - King of Buyeo AD ?-346
  • Suro (首露王) - Legendary founder and king of Geumgwan Gaya 43-199


  • Until 108 BC, northern Korea and Manchuria were controlled by Gojoseon. In contemporaneous Chinese records, it was written as 朝鮮, which is pronounced in modern Korean as Joseon (조선). The prefixing of Go- (古), meaning "ancient," is a historiographical convention that distinguishes it from the later Joseon Dynasty.
  • The +2 tower range civilization bonus can be seen in the Koreans' Castle Age unique technology Eupseong from Age of Empires II.