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Koguryo Kingdom

Koguryo Kingdom
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The "Capital Cities and Tombs of the Ancient Koguryo Kingdom" consists of three former capitals and 40 tombs.

These archaeological sites represent the extinct Koguryu civilization that existed from the 1st century BC until the 7th century AD in what is now Northeast China and North Korea.

The cities are the first capitals of the Koguryo Kingdom, Wunu Mountain City and Guonei City, and Wandu Mountain City. Of the thousands known Koguryo tombs, the designated area includes 14 Imperial Tombs and 26 tombs of Nobles. The latter are decorated with wall paintings, describing daily life scenes.

This WHS is closely related to Koguryu Tombs in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea. The tombs there belong to a later period of the Koguryu Kingdom. Both China and North Korea have been asked to join their Koguryan sites, but haven't taken action to accomplish this so far.

Map of Koguryo Kingdom

Legend

  • Cultural

Community Reviews


tian, China 02.01.14

I have been to this WHS in 2008. Koguryo kindom was not an empire since its kings were always authorised by Chinese emperors. The most visitable place is Ji'an, Jilin province. Besides of some ancient ruins, you can see a big stele "Haotaiwangbei", which is famous for its Chinese calligraphy. Wukuifen is an ancient tomb with many mural showing how ancient Chinese understand the universe, the Chinese legendary emperor Fuxi and Shennong was pictured on the wall.


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Site Info

Full name: Capital Cities and Tombs of the Ancient Koguryo Kingdom

Unesco ID: 1135

Inscribed: 2004

Type: Cultural

Criteria: 1   2   3   4   5  

Link: By Name By ID

Site History

  • 2004 - Inscribed 

Locations

The site has 5 locations.

  • Koguryo Kingdom: Changchuan Tomb No. 1, 2, 4 Ji'an City, Jilin Province, China
  • Koguryo Kingdom: Guonei City Ji'an City, Jilin Province, China
  • Koguryo Kingdom: Ranmou Tomb and Huanwen Tomb Ji'an City, Jilin Province, China
  • Koguryo Kingdom: Wandu Mountain City Ji'an City, Jilin Province, China
  • Koguryo Kingdom: Wunu Mountain City Huanren County, Liaoning Prov., China