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.

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tian

China - 02-Jan-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
Country
China
Inscribed
2004
Type
Cultural
Criteria
1 2 3 4 5
Categories
Archaeological site - Far Eastern
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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

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