May 18, 2021
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Monument to the Mausoleum of King Kwanggaetho

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The Monument to the Mausoleum of King Kwanggaetho was built in 414 in

praise of the exploits of King Kwanggaetho, the 24th King of Koguryo.

It is a monolith which looks like a square

pillar. It is 6.34 metres high. About 1,800

letters were inscribed on four sides of the monument.

Here is Doctor and Associate Professor Kang Se Gwon, Section Chief of the History Institute under the Academy of Social Sciences.

"The Monument to the Mausoleum of King Kwanggaetho tells a lot of

valuable information of the

then political and socio-economic situation and class relations of

Koguryo and its relations with Silla, Paekje and Japan, which cannot be found in documentary records. It is one of

the oldest heritages of inscriptions on monuments written by ancient

Koreans. It is considered to be one of the world cultural heritages which is

valuable worldwide as well as at home for the precious

historical materials in the inscriptions, their rich contents and the virile and bold sentences and strokes."

The inscriptions deal with the story about the founding of the

country by the founder-king of Koguryo, ensuing succession to the thrones,

feats of King Kwanggaetho and the

purpose of the erection of the monument.

They also describe

the feats of King Kwanggaetho according to the facts in a chronological

order, and provisions of the ordinance on managing and keeping the Mausoleum of the King.

They serve as valuable

materials in studying the

history of the Koguryo Dynasty and the history of the East in those days.

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