Daereungwon Tomb Complex 대릉원

All throughout Gyeongju are tombs that look a bit like giant hills or mounds. Accross from Nordic is the Daereungwon Tomb complex famous for Cheonmachong and Hwangnamdaechong Tomb. Hwangnamdaechong Tomb is the biggest, with two tombs of a royal husband and wife and a remarkable amount of gold and relics buried with them.  However you can’t see in it and only know what it is by a little plaque nearby.

Cheonmachong is actually open.

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Cheonmachong is known as the Heavenly Horse Tomb which is where the flying horse painting was found. It’s believed to be the tomb of a Shilla King. Most of the artifacts found in the tomb are on display at a museum, so in their place are replicas.

All of the other mounds outside of Cheonmachong are not open. Walking around was really peaceful and beautiful, but it was a bit disapointing that we couldn’t see more of what had been found at the complex. I would have been happy even if they were just replicas like Cheonmachong.

It’s 2,000 won to visit.

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