Tumuli is derived from the Latin word tumulus which means ‘mound’ or ‘small hill’. The royal tumuli park is located in the Gyeongju of South Korea. Most of the tumuli are shaped like domes, you will be surprised to know that these domes are actual tombs of royal emperors from the 6th and 7th century of the Silla dynasty. Silla dynasty is one of the longest in history. During that time people revered their death by building tumuli. In Daereungwon's tomb complex you can easily walk around and admire its incredible structure.
There are a total of 23 tombs here, out of which only one is open for the public- called the Heavenly Horse Tomb, named after a painting of galloping horse. This one is assumed to be from the 5th century. You can go inside it and admire its construction and see how beautifully the artifacts have been arranged. The largest tomb is called the Hwangnamdaechong, it is believed to be a tomb of a king and queen. The queen's tomb is smaller than that of the king. Some of the tombs have been excavated. The excavated tombs contained wooden coffins with rich grave goods of gold around it. These enormous grass-covered mounds look nothings but surreal
Getting here is easy. Its located on the southern side of the central Gyeongju. From the central, the park is a 20-30 minutes walk. You can even rent yourself a bike. You will need around 1 hour to explore the park. You can take less or more time depending on how much time you wish to spend in here.
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