"Tumuli Park" Kyongju Things to Do Tip by Tom_Fields

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  Burial mounds at Tumuli Park
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  • Burial mounds at Tumuli Park - Kyongju
      Burial mounds at Tumuli Park
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  • General Kim's Tomb - Kyongju
      General Kim's Tomb
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  • Entrance to Cheonmachong - Kyongju
      Entrance to Cheonmachong
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  • The Emille Bell - Kyongju
      The Emille Bell
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  • Close-up of the Emille Bell - Kyongju
      Close-up of the Emille Bell
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Tumuli Park contains the burial mounds of Korean kings and queens from the Silla dynasty. These are similar to those of other cultures. The artifacts here are replicas; the real ones are inside the National Museum.

One tomb, Cheonmachong, is open to the public. It contains a replica of a Silla tomb, with fascimile artifacts. Another point of interest is the tomb of General Kim Yu-shin, the great Silla general. He played a key role in defeating the Koguryeo and Baekje armies in the 7th century, leading to the unification of Korea.

One other item of interest is the replica of the Emille Bell. Cast in the 8th century, during the Unified Silla period, at first it would not ring. According to legend, the head priest of the temple had a solution to the problem. The bell was recast, and a small child tossed into the molten metal. After that, it would ring, making the sound "emeeleh" (that means "mommy" in Korean), sounding very much like the voice of the child who was sacrificed. No one knows if the legend is true; the bell's metal has never been analyzed. Of course, the real bell is in the museum.

Directions: At Boseongno and Daejongno streets.
Phone: 746-6020
Website: http://www.ancientworlds.net/aw/Places/Place/451336

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  • Written Nov 27, 2006
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