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10 Dynasties That Reigned the Longest in History

Check out the 10 longest dynasties in history.

 A dynasty is a succession of sovereigns in one line of family descent governing the same country. Many countries around the world were ruled by dynasts or monarchs for hundred and even thousands of years. At present, there are still a few countries or kingdom being ruled by monarchs.

1. Dulo Dynasty (2137 BC – 753 AD)

The dynasty that ruled the longest in history is the Dulo Clan or the House of Dulo of Bulgaria. It ruled for 2,890 years. The Dulo Clan or the House of Dulo was the name of the ruling dynasty of the early Bulgars. It was the clan of Kubrat, founder of the Onogur state of Bulgars and Avars, also known as the Old Great Bulgaria. His sons later founded Danube Bulgaria.

2. Imperial House of Japan (660 BCE to the present)

The Imperial House of Japan is the longest-surviving dynasty that ruled in the world. It is also referred to as the Imperial Family and has been continuously reigning for 2,669 years already. It is also known as the Yamato Dynasty or the Chrysanthemum Throne. Under the present Constitution of Japan, the emperor is the symbol of the state and unity of the people. Although he is not technically head of state, he is frequently treated as one. Other members of the imperial family perform ceremonial and social duties, but have no role in the affairs of government. This monarchy is the oldest continuous hereditary monarchy in the world still in existence. The imperial house recognizes 125 legitimate monarchs since the accession of Emperor Jimmu (traditionally dated to February 11, 660 BC). It’s present or reigning emperor is Akihito.

3. Hong Bang Dynasty (2897 BCE – 258 BCE)

 The Hong Bang Dynasty of Vietnam (supposedly) reigned for 2,639 years from 2897 up to 258 BC. This dynasty is also called the Lạc Dynasty. The founder of this dynasty is said to have been Hung Vuong. There are many legends surrounding it, but little verifiable historical information is known about this dynasty.

4. Gojoseon Dynasty (2333 BCE – 108 BCE)

According to legend, Gojoseon dynasty ruled for 2,225 years. It was an ancient kingdom in Korea and is regarded as the first proper of nation of the people of Korea. According to some records of Korean medieval-era, Gojoseon is said to have been founded in 2333 BC by the legendary Dangun. Archaeological evidence of Gojoseon is found in the transition from the Jeilmun pottery to the Mumun pottery around 1500 BCE, when groups of semi-sedentary small-scale agriculturalists occupied most of the Korean peninsula. Local bronze production began around the 8th century BC. Modern historians generally believe it developed into a powerful federation or kingdom between 7th and 4th centuries BCE.

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  1. Dee Gold

    On January 25, 2009 at 4:40 am


  2. Glynis Smy

    On January 25, 2009 at 5:14 am

    Interesting article.

  3. Blue Buttefly

    On January 25, 2009 at 5:29 am


  4. Christine Ramsay

    On January 25, 2009 at 5:48 am

    That was really interesting. I never realised those dynasties even existed, never mind ruled for so long. Well done.


  5. C Jordan

    On January 25, 2009 at 6:28 am

    Interesting and informative

  6. BC Doan

    On January 25, 2009 at 6:59 am

    Very educational, and interesting!

  7. Betty Carew

    On January 25, 2009 at 8:34 am

    Just my kind of article I love it. Really informative and intereasting. Thanks Nobert

  8. AC Hamilton III

    On January 25, 2009 at 1:03 pm

    Lots and lots of brain cell burning information…a challenging read to the mind…great job!


  9. Juancav

    On January 25, 2009 at 2:25 pm

    Didactic,ancient history article.

  10. Lauren Axelrod

    On January 25, 2009 at 2:59 pm

    Great history lesson Norbert. Very powerful organizations.

  11. John Paul

    On January 25, 2009 at 3:57 pm

    I enjoyed this article very much. Very informative. Looking forward to more articles like this.

  12. Clay Hurtubise

    On January 25, 2009 at 4:15 pm

    Interesting and good presentation.

  13. Maria Blazz

    On January 25, 2009 at 4:39 pm

    I wonder how could it feel to have all that history behind you…

  14. PR Mace

    On January 25, 2009 at 4:48 pm

    Good, interesting read. Much of which I did not know. It is always a good day when you learn something new. Thank you, Nobert.

  15. James DeVere

    On January 25, 2009 at 9:49 pm

    Now this is the wonderful stuff we need . I would have loved images of sorts but who cares , great read . j

  16. Ruby Hawk

    On January 25, 2009 at 10:00 pm

    Lots of research going on for this article and time well spent.I enjoy learning new things.

  17. Telscafe

    On January 25, 2009 at 11:30 pm

    Historical gem, Nobert.
    Thanks for sharing.

  18. Anne Lyken Garner

    On January 26, 2009 at 4:20 am

    The factor that’s most disturbing about dynasties, is the supposition of leadership abilities. The kings/queens never have to work towards qualifing. Even if they are stupid or unable to make proper decisions, this leadership position is thrusted into their laps.

    No wonder they sometimes turn out to be unfit and inefficient leaders.

    Good research. Thanks for sharing.

  19. Moses Ingram

    On January 26, 2009 at 4:02 pm

    I enjoy reading history and this sort of information is great. Thanks.

  20. valli

    On January 26, 2009 at 7:11 pm


  21. las

    On January 26, 2009 at 11:55 pm

    Tried to find a diffrent way to say what others before me said but found that their words fit best. “Very well written, intresting, and informative.” Thank you and please share any other top 10 history facts.

  22. Joie Schmidt

    On January 27, 2009 at 12:52 am

    Very unique article! Lots of great information!



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    On January 27, 2009 at 2:46 am

    Is English kingdom also including dynasty?

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  24. R.B. Parsley

    On January 27, 2009 at 11:47 pm

    This is a excellent article. I hadn’t heard about any of these dynasties. Now that I have, I’ll do some deep research on them. I like learning about this kind of stuff. Its very interesting. Keep up the good work! The past is a very good place to find good writing Ideas.

  25. eddiego65

    On January 28, 2009 at 7:39 am

    Excellent article!

  26. cristine short for (julpia)

    On February 2, 2009 at 3:26 am

    it’s nice to have a new technology to search anything in the world,,yah..nice to much..

  27. Unofre Pili

    On February 11, 2009 at 5:36 am

    I was once in very fond at memorizing these. Nice piece.

  28. Yovita Siswati

    On February 19, 2009 at 5:25 am

    I learn something about history today. Thanks

  29. Gary Wallace

    On May 20, 2009 at 10:47 am

    A fascinating read. Thanks.

    I agree with Anne’s comment. There have been many rulers who were unfit to lead.

  30. Ash

    On August 13, 2011 at 3:40 am

    The KATOCH Dynasty of Kangra, India is the oldest surviving dynasty in the world.
    This clan finds its fist written recorded mention in the war records of Alexander the Great, making them 2400 years old and still surviving though the princely order has been abolished in India and the family is now an erst-while Royal Family. The are still the oldest, mythological records takes them back to 6400 years.

  31. kristian

    On May 19, 2012 at 3:31 pm

    sorry, but how far out is this article? most of the dynasties you claim existed thousands of years BC – how do you know that? whoever knows where the bulgars were around 0 ad, let alone 2000 bc? You’re quoting myths and then it doesn’t matter. The high elves of Rivendell ruled for even longer and they’re just as historical as bulgar kings in 2000 bc!

  32. S.Mitra

    On September 5, 2012 at 12:13 pm

    Not only informative but a proof of peaceful harmonious existence of a great culture also, this is a lesson of modern day autocrats and uncivilized governments of the world.

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