[KS] UNESCO will add Historic Monuments and Sites in Kaesong to the World Heritage List. Monuments and Sites in Kaesong

Yoo Kwang-On almakoreana at gmail.com
Sun Jun 23 20:07:41 EDT 2013

Brief Description

Situated in Kaesong city, in the south of the country, the site consists of
12 separate components, which together testify to the history and culture
of the Koryo Dynasty from the 10th to 14th centuries. The geomantic layout
of the former capital city of Kaesong, its palaces, institutions and tomb
complex, defensive walls and gates embody the political, cultural,
philosophical and spiritual values of a crucial era in the region’s
history.  The monuments inscribed also include an astronomical and
meteorological observatory, two schools (including one dedicated to
educating national officials) and commemorative steles. The site testifies
to the transition from Buddhism to neo-Confucianism in East Asia and to the
assimilation of the cultural spiritual and political values of the states
that existed prior to Korea’s unification under the Koryo Dynasty. The
integration of Buddhist, Confucian, Taoist and geomantic concepts is
manifest in the planning of the site and the architecture of its monuments.
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<http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1278/gallery/>*Historic Monuments and Sites
in Kaesong © KCPC*
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