Accordingly, the Korean people have found it necessary to defend fiercely their identity as a separate culture.Tungusic tribes from the Altai mountain region in central Asia made the peninsula their home during the Neolithic period around 4000 several wall-town states throughout the peninsula were large enough to be recognized by China.
Japan attacked again in 1597, but Korea was able to force its withdrawal by the end of the year.
The most advanced of these, Old Choson, was located in the basin of the Liao and Taedong rivers, where Pyongyang is situated today.
China invaded Choson in the third century Silla conquered Koguryo and Paekche and united the peninsula under the Silla dynasty.
Their spoken language, Korean, is a Uralic language with similarities to Japanese, Mongolian, Hungarian, and Finnish.
In its 5,000-year history, Korea has suffered over 900 invasions from outside peoples.