Ancient Koguryo Kingdom site
April 15, 2008
In the southwestern reaches of Jilin Province of China lies the small town of Ji an. Here, between the hills, can be found the remnants of the Ancient Koguryo Kingdom, which was thought by Koreans to be one of the origin of modern Korea, but as the Chinese view, it is nothing to do with Korea. Established in 37 BC and destroyed in 668 AD, the Koguryo Kingdom lasted for 705 years and played a big role in the development of Northeast Asia.
Statistics showed murals in the Koguryo Kingdom have been found in 101 ancient tombs, of which 33 are scattered in Jilin Province of China and 68 in the North Korea.
The site of capital cities and tombs of the ancient Koguryo Kingdom has been inscribed into the World Heritage List. The heritage property consisted of Wunu Mountain City, Guonei City, Wandu Mountain City, Haotaiwang Stele and 38 tombs for either Koguryo Kings or noble people.
Chinese said, 'Koguryo was a regime established by ethnic groups in northern China some 2,000 years ago, representing an important part of Chinese culture.'
This is so called the General's Tomb of the ancient Koguryo Kingdom, five kilometers northeast of the city of Ji'an, it is visually very impressive, stands over 13 metres in height and the four sides are each 31 metres in length. It is in fact the Tomb of a Koguryo king. The stone tomb is known as the "Pyramid in the East".
Wandu City, on the mountain top some 2.5 kilometers north of Guonei City, has seven city gates, forming the main defensive system in the region. It was built in 198 and destroyed in 342. The city had served as a garrison city and twice as the provisional capital city.
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