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When you see Gyeongju for the first time, the first things that you'll see are the giant burial mounds. Shaped like hills, they dot the landscape, making it look as though a giant mole had a field day here. Well, far from containing moles, these mounds contain exciting treasures and clues of a glorious past.
Yes, those happy golden days where Korea was one and ruled by Shilla kings. Many important inventions were made at that time and cultural exchanges between them and Japan were not unusual.
Clues of the past are left in these mounds and the most famous of these graves is the "tomb of the heavenly horse" or Cheongmachong.
While you might think that the Korean Indiana Jones discovered the remnants of a horse, he didn't. Cheonmachong was discovered with a painting of mounted horse in the 1970's and this artwork is the only piece recovered from the Silla Era!
You can view this rare artwork inside of....gasp! ...the burial mound.
Well, in case you're scared, let me assure you that there is nothing spooky inside of the mound.
All you'll see is the artwork, replica of a skeletal king and his elaborate, lavish crown, necklace, cap and other golden accessories.
Don't forget to gaze at the wooden ceiling while you're at it . The tomb's wooden structure originally had stones and other dangerous stuff piled on top so that it would collapse on would-be robbers trying to dig in from the side! Pity the Korean Indiana Jones.
In any case, here's the odd ticket pricing system for your convenience:
Adult (19-64 years old) : 1,500 won
Teens (13-19 years old) : 700 won
Children (7-12 years old): 600 won
After this, troop down to Tumuli Park
Directions: At Gyeongju Bus Terminal, take City Bus No. 70, and get off at the entrance of Daeleungwon.
Or take City Bus No.42, get off at the rear entrance of Daeleungwon.
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