|Tomb of General Kim Yusin (경주 김유신묘)|
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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|
|N/A (Open all year round)|
|Facilities for the Handicapped|
|* Restroom for the disabled (for men and women respectively; located next to the ticket office)
* Wheelchair accessible ramp.
|Individual: Adults 1,000 won / Students 600 won / Children 400 won
Group: Adults 800 won / Students 500 won / Children 300 won
* Group: 30 people or more
Entry to 6 sites: Daereungwon Ancient Tomb, Donggunggwawolji (Anapji Pond), Poseokjeong Pavilion Site, Five Royal Tombs, Tomb of Kim Yu-sin, Tomb of King Muyeol
Individual: Adults 8,000 won/ Youths 4,800 won/ Children 2,800 won
Group: Adults 6,400 won/ Youths 4,000 won/ Children 2,200 won
- The ticket is available at Donggunggwawolji (Anapji Pond), Poseokjeong Pavilion Site, Five Royal Tombs, Tomb of Kim Yu-sin, Tomb of King Muyeol.
- The ticket remains valid for 3 days.
(* Please be advised that even visiting one place with the ticket will make the ticket non-refundable)
- One ticket can be issued regardless of the number of visitors.
|Small pets allowed if carried|
|Seoul to Gyeongju
From Seoul Station, take a train to Singyeongju station.
(Express KTX Line: operates 20 times a day / Travel Time: 2 hours)
* Operating hours changes on week and weekend.
From Seoul Station, take a train to Gyeongju Station.
(KTX - Mugunghwa Line: operates 18 times a day, stops at Dongdaegu Station / Travel Time: 3 hours)
From Dong Seoul Bus Terminal, take an intercity bus bound for Gyeongju Intercity Bus Terminal. (Operates 25 times a day / Travel Time: 4 hours)
Dong Seoul Bus Terminal: +82-1688-5979
Gyeongju Intercity Bus Terminal Service Center +82-1666-5599 / Office: +82-54-772-2377
Gyeongju Intercity Bus Terminal +82-54-772-2377
Gyeongju Express Bus Terminal +82-54-741-4000
Korail Customer Service: +82-1544-7788 / English service: +82-1599-7777
Gyeongju to Tomb of General Kim Yusin
From Gyeongju Intercity Bus Terminal or Gyeongju Station, take Bus 50.
- Get off at Sorabol College (서라벌대학교) and Silla High School Bus Stop.
From Singyeongju Station or Gyeongju Station, take Bus 51 to Sorabol College and Silla High School Bus Stop.