西生浦倭城Seosaengpo Castle is classified as a mountain castle, and is located in Korea. It is associated with the Toyotomi clan. Dates in use: 1593 - 1598.
Built at the beginning of Hideyoshi's six-year & ultimately failed campaign to overrun the Korean peninsular, it was also perhaps the strongest. Located atop a steep hill, it was protected by multiple rings of defence and further protected by cliffs & a harbour at its borders. This strong defensive position made the combined Korean/Chinese forces hesitant to attack.
Of the network of Wajō that lined the Southern & South-eastern coasts, there was just one further to the East, that of Ulsan. When Katō Kiyomasa received word that the Ulsan Wajō was under siege, he gathered a force & successfully relieved the castle, allowing them to safely withdraw from the castle & the war.
|1593||The castle was built by Katō Kiyomasa. 3,000 soldiers were stationed here.|
|1594||Records show that four rounds of peace talks were held here.|
|1597||Asano Nagayoshi was transferred here.|
|1598||Kuroda Nagamasa was stationed here along with a garrison of 5,000 soldiers. A short time later, following Toyotomi Hideyoshi's death, all Japanese forces were withdrawn from Korean peninsular & returned to Japan.|
|1895||The fortifications were decommissioned. For the previous 300 years or so, the old Japanese fortress had been used by the Korean navy as a base from which to defend against any threats from Japan.|
|Site||8th Ulsan Monument|