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Control the advanced kingdom of Gojoseon and expand your territory by alliance or through the might of your powerful swordsmen.

The Choson (고조선; Kochoson; Gojoseon; "Old Choson" or "Gojoseon") is the name of an ancient Korean kingdom (approximately 108 BC), that was located in the capital city at Wanggeom-seong (Pyeongyang today). It is one of the four playable East Asian civilizations in Age of Empires.

Their successor civilization is known as the Koreans in Age of Empires II: The Conquerors.


Civilization bonuses[]

Team bonus[]

Buildings have +2 Line of Sight.

Missing technologies[]

Chain Mail Infantry, Chain Mail Archers, Chain Mail Cavalry, Iron Shield, Aristocracy, Alchemy, Engineering, Urbanization*

Missing units[]

Composite Bowman, Heavy Horse Archer, Elephant Archer, Chariot, War Elephant, Camel Rider, Phalangite, Catapult, Fire Galley, Catapult Trireme*


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They are suitable for both offense and defense, and are powerful in the Bronze and Iron Ages.


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Campaign appearances[]

The Choson appear as AI players in:

Yamato, Empire of the Rising Sun[]

Enemies of Rome[]

AI player names[]

When playing a random map game against the computer, the player may encounter any of the following Choson AI characters.[2]

  • Tan'gun-Wanggom (Dangun Wanggeom, 檀君王儉 - 단군 왕검) - The mythical first founder of Old Choson around 2333 BC.
  • Wiman Choson (Wiman of Joseon, 衛滿朝鮮 - 위만조선, 위만) - The First ruler of Wi dynasty of Old Choson, 194-? BC,
  • Chun (Junwang or Zhunwang, 準王 - 준왕) - 14th and Last Ruler of Old Choson, who belongs the legendary dynasty of Kija (Gija Joseon) c. 220-194 BC
  • Ugo (Wi Ugeo or Wei Youqu, 衛右渠 - 위우거, 우거) - Last king of Wi dynasty of Old Choson ?-108 BC
  • Wiman (or Wei man, 衛滿 - 위만) - See Wiman Choson
  • Wigut'ae (Uigutaewang, 慰仇太王 - 위구태왕) - Chieftain of Puyo (Buyeo) in de 2nd century AD
  • Uiryo (Eui Ryeowang, 依慮王 - 의려왕) - Chieftain of Puyo (Buyeo) AD ?-285
  • Hyon (Hyeonwang, 玄王 - 현왕) - Chieftain of Puyo (Buyeo) AD ?-346
  • Suro (Surowang, 首露王 - 수로왕) - Legendary founder and king of Kumgwangaya (or Geumgwan Gaya) 43-199

The following AI players are only present before the Definitive Edition:

  • Tan'gun II - Did not exist in Korea.
  • Wiman Choson II - Second unknown King of Wi dynasty.
  • Tan'gun III - Did not exist in Korea.
  • Wiman Choson III - See Ugo.
  • Tan'gun IV - Did not exist in Korea.


Main article: /History
2333 to 108 BC

The Korean peninsula was invaded by successive waves of Neolithic peoples, but the culture of the area changed little until the use of bronze implements began around the fifteenth century BC. The Bronze Age brought significant change to Korea. Recovered bronze spear points and arrowheads indicate conquest and warfare were widespread. Towns protected by earthen walls appeared. Funerary dolmens (rock shelters covered by enormous capstones) indicate the rise of a stratified political and social structure. The Bronze Age in Korea lasted until the fourth century BC. During the Bronze Age, the first large political groupings of walled town states arose. The most advanced of these was Ancient Choson.
—Excerpt from the Choson History section in the Age of Empires manual


  • The civilization's icon introduced in Return of Rome portrays the Taegeuk, which has significance in various Korean religions and signifies the Korean belief of "eumyangohaeng", similar to the concept of Yin and Yang. The symbol has been described since the beginning of Korean literary history, while the oldest surviving patterns found are 1400 years old.
  • The user interface image in Return of Rome depicts a helmet made in scale-mail techniques in early Silla and Goguryeo kingdoms of Korea.
  • Until 108 BC, northern Korea and Manchuria were controlled by Gojoseon. In contemporaneous Chinese records, it was written as 朝鮮 (조선, Joseon). 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 from Age of Empires II.
  • The civilization can be seen as a representation of many kingdoms, commanderies and chiefdoms of the Korean peninsula, like Gojoseon, Buyeo Chiefdom, Goguryeo or the Four Commanderies, therefore it would be inappropriate to have a name of a specific dynasty.
    • A more appropriate non-dynastic civilization name could be Yemaek, which refers to a confederation of tribes that would become the ancestors of modern Koreans.



Civilizations in Age of Empires categorised by architecture set
East Asian architectureChoson AoE Choson · Lac Viet AoE Lac Viet · Shang AoE Shang · Yamato AoE Yamato
Egyptian architectureAssyrians AoE Assyrians · Egyptians AoE Egyptians · Hittites AoE Hittites
Greek architectureGreeks AoE Greeks · Minoans AoE Minoans · Phoenicians AoE Phoenicians
Mesopotamian architectureBabylonians AoE Babylonians · Persians AoE Persians · Sumerians AoE Sumerians
Roman architectureCarthaginians AoE Carthaginians · Macedonians AoE Macedonians · Palmyrans AoE Palmyrans · Romans AoE Romans