Former Yan

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Former Yan (前燕)

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Former Yan in 338 AD
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Former Yan in 350 AD
Capital Jicheng (棘城) (337–341)
Longcheng (341–350)
Jicheng (薊城) (350–357)
Yecheng (357–370)
Murong Huang
Murong Jun
Murong Wei
  Murong Huang's claim of princely title
23 November 337 [1] [2] 337
  Murong Jun's claim of imperial title
4 January 353 [3] [4]
 Fall of Yecheng
11 December 370 [5] [6]
Preceded by
Succeeded by
Blank.png Jin Dynasty (266–420)
Blank.png Ran Wei
Former Qin Blank.png
Today part of China

The Former Yan (Chinese :前燕; pinyin :Qián Yān; 337–370) was a dynastic state ruled by the Xianbei during the era of Sixteen Kingdoms in China.


Initially, Murong Huang and his son Murong Jun claimed the Jin dynasty-created title "Prince of Yan," but subsequently, in 352, after seizing most of the former Later Zhao territory, Murong Jun would declare himself emperor, and after that point, the rulers of the Former Yan declared themselves "emperors".


During the winter of 342, the Xianbei of Former Yan, ruled by the Murong clan, attacked and destroyed Goguryeo's capital, Hwando, capturing 50,000 Goguryeo men and women to use as slave labor in addition to taking the queen mother and queen prisoner, [7] and forced King Gogukwon to flee for a while. The Xianbei also devastated Buyeo in 346, accelerating Buyeo migration to the Korean peninsula. [8]

Their capital was Yan (Beijing) in 350, then Yecheng in 357, and finally Luoyang in 364. [9]

Rulers of the Former Yan

Temple names Posthumous names Family names and given name Durations of reigns Era names and their according durations
Chinese convention: use family and given names
Taizu (太祖 Taìzǔ)Wenming (文明 Wénmíng) 慕容皝 Mùróng Huǎng 337–348Yanwang (燕王 Yànwáng) 337–348
Liezong (烈宗 Lièzōng)Jingzhao (景昭 Jǐngzhāo) 慕容儁 Mùróng Jùn 348–360Yanwang (燕王 Yànwáng) 348–353
Yuanxi (元璽 Yuánxǐ) 353–357
Guangshou (光壽 Guāngshoù) 357–360
Did not existYou (幽 Yōu) 慕容暐 Mùróng Wěi 360–370Jianxi (建熙 Jiànxī) 360–370

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