The stimulus of tumuli

If I take just one thing from our visit to Gyeonju, it’ll be this.

The busy town is broken up by expanses of parkland. In these parks are tumuli – large grassy mounds. Some are fairly small, some are enormous. Each one is the burial place of a monarch from the long-enduring Shilla dynasty, which lasted from 57 BC to 935 AD, or one of their family. Like the Egyptian pyramids, these mounds contained fabulous treasures: we’ll go and see some tomorrow.

For us, these mounds are striking enough, even without sight of their treasures. I wonder why they’re so little known outside Korea?

13 thoughts on “The stimulus of tumuli”

  1. Margaret – I had never heard of them either. Part of the explanation lies in there is so much to know and the other lies in our Euro-centrist education, more so for me – American education is notoriously western centered – than you. I always fall back on the idea that I can learn something new every day. Thanks. I am sure the tour was amazing.


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