Heritage of North Korea

"A civilization is a heritage of beliefs, customs, and knowledge slowly accumulated in the course of centuries, elements difficult at times to justify by logic, but justifying themselves as paths when they lead somewhere, since they open up for man his inner distance." These words by Antoine de Saint-Exupery aptly describe the importance of heritage towards the growth of human civilization over the decades. Like wise, the heritage of North Korea stands testimony to its rich cultural and historic past accumulated through years of hard struggle by the natives of the country. Many historians believe that heritage is part of our daily surrounding and is in fact a recapitulation of the ancient times. The various aspects of North Korean heritage are a true resemblance of festivals and traditions though from time to time efforts are made to redefine them. These heritage sites also inspires the younger generation of the nation and makes them feel proud of the glorious history which has been an inevitable part of its growing national identity.

In the recent years, international governmental bodies like U.N.E.S.C.O have taken great initiatives in restoration and preservation of ancient architectural monuments. The members of this prestigious organization emphasize on international co-operation aided through cultural tourism and bring about a sustainable ecotourism development in all the countries. They also make efforts to promote the heritage site itself; and work towards the betterment of the integrity and values of the site.

Here sharing with you some information on heritage of North Korea

1. Complex of Goguryeo Tombs

Recently awarded as the first U.N.E.S.C.O certified World Heritage Site of North Korea, the 'Complex of Goguryeo Tombs' consists of 63 individual tombs dating back to the Goguryeo kingdom, one of three popular kingdoms of Korea, located through the cities of P'yongyang and Namp'o. Evidences indicate that Goguryeo was one of the most powerful kingdoms in the ancient times and were situated towards the north eastern part of China and also covered parts of the then Korean Peninsula in the 5th and 7th centuries AD. Some of the architectural remains of the kingdom in the present times falls in Northern Korea especially in the capital city of P'yongyang. There are almost 1000 tombs scattered all over the heritage site. Exclusive ancient paintings in the form of murals adorn the walls of these historic tombs depicting the early life of the people through a series of mythological stories woven and crafted with meticulous care. The wall décor paintings widely illustrating the rich culture of the Goguryeo period has received tremendous appreciation world wide and serves as the source of modern painting in North Korea.


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