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Gyeongsangbuk-do » Gyeongju-si » Gyeongju Gwaereung Tomb (경주 원성왕릉)

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Address
139, Singyeipsil-gil, Oedong-eup, Gyeongju-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do
경상북도 경주시 외동읍 신계입실길 139
Type
Monuments
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Introduction

The tomb of the King Wonseong, 38th king of the Silla Kingdom (785-798) in Oedong-eup, Wolseong-gun, Gyeongju is Historic Site No. 26. The tomb is 21.9m in diameter and 7.7m high and is encircled by a stone fence decorated with twelve oriental zodiac images. The area is also home to a number of stone monuments that stand facing each other: Hwapyoseok (marking the border of the tomb), Muninseok (civil servant statue), Muinseok (military officer image statue) and Dolsaja (a stone lion that protects the tomb). Muinseok in particular is a favorite among visitors because of its exotic appearance. The statue is sometimes compared to a strong and charismatic person of Arabic or Persian descendant, much like the merchants who came to Silla in ancient times.

Gwaereung is styled after tombs of the Tang dynasty, but still retains all the characteristics typical of Silla tombs; namely, the stones around the tomb, the 12 oriental zodiac figures, the protective walls, and the decorative stonework.
 
Current Status
Historic Site No. 26
Admission Fees
Free
Directions
* Take the bus towards Gyeongju from Dong Seoul Terminal (7:00-24:00, departs every 20min - 1hr/ est. travel time 4hr)

* From Gyeongju Express Bus Terminal, take the city bus #600, 605, 606, 607, 608, 609 and get off at the enterance of Gwaereung

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