|Tomb of General Kim Yushin (경주 김유신묘)|
The tomb of General Kim Yusin (595-673) is Historic Site No. 21. It is located in a scenic area thick with pine trees, on the eastern hill of Mt. Songha.
Known as the ‘Hero of Silla Kingdom,’ General Kim Yusin was the great grandson of King Guhae, the last king of the Geumgwan Gaya Dynasty, and the son of Seo Hyeon, the great general of the Silla Kingdom. Yusin joined the Hwarang (aristocratic youth military corps) at 15 and began dreaming of ways to unify the peninsula’s three kingdoms. Kim Yusin gained his political foothold by establishing a strong relationship with nobleman Kim Chunchu and made a name for himself through his valor on the battlefield.
When Kim Chunchu eventually succeeded to the throne as the 29th king of the Silla Kingdom (changing his name to King Muyeol), Kim Yusin rose through the ranks and was eventually promoted to the extraordinarily high-ranking position of Sangdaedeung (in the year 660, 7th year of King Muyeol’s reign). Kim Yusin then went on to defeat the Baekje in cooperation with the Tang Dynasty, also later conquering the Goguryeo (in the year 668). The Tang Dynasty, turned against the Silla after the collapse of Goguryeo, but was defeated by Kim Yusin’s army in cooperation with the armies of Goguryeo and Baekje. With the fall of the Tang, Kim Yusin finally realized his dream of unifying the three kingdoms and was appointed the highest government post in Silla in honor of his heroic achievement.
The tomb of General Kim Yusin is a large tomb measuring roughly 30m in diameter. The relief carvings of 12 Oriental zodiac gods (half man, half animal) stand guard around the tomb, brandishing weapons. The elaborately decorated tomb is second in grandeur only to those of royalty, further underscoring Yusin’s major contribution in unifying the three kingdoms.
The path to this tomb is also a sight not to be missed. The street leading up to the tomb is called Heungmuro, and has been selected as one of the 100 Most Beautiful Streets in Korea. The street is full of cherry blossoms in spring and is famous for being a great place to take a walk or go for a drive.
|Historic Site No. 21|
|Open all year round|
|* Summer Time: 09:00-18:00
* Winter Time: 09:00-17:00
|Facilities for the Handicapped|
|* Restroom for the disabled (for men and women respectively; located next to the ticket office)
* Wheelchair accessible ramp.
|* Adult - 500 won (Group 400 won)
* Teenager - 300 won (Group 200 won)
* Children - 200 won (Group 150 won)
|Small pets allowed if carried|
|* Take the
bus towards Gyeongju from Dong Seoul Terminal (7:00-24:00, departs every
20min - 1hr/ est. travel time 4hr)
* From the Gyeongju Express Bus Terminal, it takes 5 minutes by taxi.