Monday, May 6, 2013

Gyeongju, South Korea - A Walk in Tumuli Park

This area is a UNESCO World Heritage site.  From
The Gyeongju Historic Areas contain a remarkable concentration of outstanding examples of Korean Buddhist art, in the form of sculptures, reliefs, pagodas, and the remains of temples and palaces from the flowering, in particular between the 7th and 10th centuries, of this form of unique artistic expression.
This is the Tumuli Park, in the Tululi Park Belt.  It consists of three groups of Royal Tombs.  Most of the mounds are domed, but some are half-moon or gourd.  These contain double wooden coffins, covered with gravel.  Excavations have found rich graves of goods of gold, glass, and fine ceramics.

Most of the walkways are in shady areas, so it makes this park a very pleasant walk.

 The gates to the park are ornate.

 Benches are located throughout.

Behind this gate is the "Royal Tomb of King Michu of Silla", Historic Site No. 175. He was the 13th king of Silla (~262-284).
 A closer view of one of the mounds.

 Signs were throughout the park.  Looks like Korean, Chinese, and English.

 This interesting looking tree is beginning to leaf.
 There weren't any signs that I could read that said "Keep off the grass" but everyone behaved with the greatest respect.

Next, we enter one of the tombs (suspenseful music begins)...

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