Saturday, August 20, 2011


scattered all over gyeongju are little green mounds as if there were giant moles at work in the region. really, these little mounds are tombs from the korean shilla dynasty where kings, queens and royal officials lay in peace within. parks and cycling routes have been built around these tombs, offering visitors the chance to visit the tombs of historical figures that they read in history books or historical dramas that they watch on television. in the tombs park, there is one tomb, cheonmachong, that is open and available for the public to walk in and visit, sort of like how pyramids in egypt have also been opened to the public. instead of being eerie, the chamber have actually been converted into a mini-museum, showcasing some of the glorious items that was buried with the king who once lay there.

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