Wednesday, July 15, 2015

New UNESCO World Heritage Inscription -Beakje Historic Areas in the Republic of Korea

Royal tombs at Neungsan-ri, part of the UNESCO World Heritage Baekje Historic Areas Site. Image Courtesy of Seo Heun-kang, the Baekje Historic Sites Nomination Office, and UNESCO World Heritage.
Royal tombs at Neungsan-ri, part of the UNESCO World Heritage Baekje Historic Areas Site.
Image Courtesy of Seo Heun-kang, the Baekje Historic Sites Nomination Office,
and UNESCO World Heritage.
July 4, 2015.
The World Heritage Committee has recently approved the inscription of the Baekje Historic Areas in the Republic of Korea for UNESCO World Heritage status. Part of the inscription includes the Royal tombs at Neungsan-ri, "Six tombs formulate two rows with three mounds per row, while one tomb is situated 50m away, to the north from of the six tombs."*

"Located in the mountainous mid-western region of the Republic of Korea, this property [the Baekje Historic Areas] comprises eight archaeological sites dating from 475 to 660 CE, including the Gongsanseong fortress and royal tombs at Songsan-ri related to the capital, Ungjin (present day Gongju), the Busosanseong Fortress and Gwanbuk-ri administrative buildings, and the Naseong city wall related to the capital, Sabi (now Buyeo), the royal palace at Wanggung-ri and the Mireuksa Temple in Iksan related to the secondary Sabi capital. Together, these sites represent the later period of the Baekje Kingdom – one of the three earliest kingdoms on the Korean peninsula (18 BCE to 660 CE) - during which time they were at the crossroads of considerable technological, religious (Buddhist), cultural and artistic exchanges between the ancient East Asian kingdoms in Korea, China and Japan."



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