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Tomb of king Muryeong-wang

  • Tomb of king Muryeong-wang
  • Tomb of king Muryeong-wang
  • Tomb of king Muryeong-wang

Tomb of king Muryeong-wang

Group of Ancient in Tombs Songsan-ri (Tomb of king Muryeong-wang)

(Historical Relic No. 12) : Location : San 5, Geumsong-dong, Gongju city. It was found when drainage work was conducted to prevent water penetration into the Songsanri old tombs No. 5 and 6 in 1971 and excavated for the first time about 1,500 years after it was made. In particular, people were so excited because the tomb clearly recorded that the tomb was for King Muryeong and his wife. According to excavation, the tomb of King Muryong looked like a small hill . Its diameter was about 20m and its height was 7.7m from the bottom. However, as times went by, it was seriously damaged.

Then, it is estimated that the tomb was much bigger than it is now.

The front side consists of a single room and the section is a long rectangular shape from south to north. There is a passage into a tomb in the middle. The wall is vertical from the top to the bottom, that is, south to north. The east and west side is formed with arch ceiling with gradual curve. The inner side of the tomb is 4.2m from south to north and 2.72m from east to west. The height from the top to the bottom in the middle is 3.14m. The tomb burying King and his wife is built in the basic dimension without waste of space. On the walls, long bricks and small bricks are piled up in turn. Four long bricks are horizontally piled up and 11 small bricks are vertically piled up in four horizontal piling and one vertical piling method.

Golden Decoration of the King's Crown

Golden Decoration of the King's Crown

[National Treasure No. 154]
A pair decorations made by cutting out a thin gold plate with a sharp knife along the line of the pattern engraved on it. It has 127 bangles over its surface tied with gold threads.

Decoration of the Queen's Crown

Decoration of the Queen's Crown

[National Treasure No. 155]
Nearly identical to the king's, it was also made by cutting out symmetrical honeysuckle patterns from a thin gold plate. It has no bangles, giving it a simple beauty..

Gold Earring

Gold Earring

[Queen's: National Treasure No. 157]

Gold Ornamental Hair Pin

Gold Ornamental Hair Pin

[King : National Treasure No. 159]

Silver Bracelets

Silver Bracelets

[National Treasure No. 160]
The event which the bracelets commemorate is inscribed within.

Bronze Mirror

Bronze Mirror

[National Treasure No. 161]
It is believed to be a symbol of authority rather than a regular household object.

Animal-shaped Stone

Animal-shaped Stone

[National Treasure No. 162]
Of the tomb artifacts excavated from King Muryeong's timb, many are unique to Korea. This animal-shaped stone was thought to protect the king's tomb.

King's tombstone

King's tombstone

[National Treasure No. 163]
The King's tombstone stands side by side with queen's in the center of the entrance way to the tomb. It is the first inscription of monument of the Three Kingdoms period found in king's tomb.

Pillow

Pillow

[Queen's: National Treasure No. 164]
A wooden pillow. The center is cut out in the shape of the letter 'U'to conform to the queen's head.

Footstool

Footstool

[king's: National Treasure No. 165]
The center is carved out in the shape of the letter "W" to conform to the king's feet.

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