North Korea - Historic Monuments and Sites in Kaesong

"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.

1) Manwoldae

2) Kaesong Walls
3) Koryo Songgyungwan
4) Kaesong Namdae Gate

5) Sungyang Sowon
6) Sonjuk Bridge and Phyochung Monuments
7) Mausoleum of King Wang Kon
8) Mausoleum of King Kongmin

" Source: UNESCO World Heritage

Postcard 1A - Kaesong Damdae Gate
Wow, a hologram postcard of Namdaeng Gate of Kaesong. I have heard of these DPRK hologram posctcards but it was surreal to finally receive one. Thanks so much Grete of UK for mailing from North Korea.

Luckily, I bought all these Kaesong postcards from the DPRK Pavilion during the 2010 Shanghai World Expo.

Postcard 1B - Kaesong Damdae Gate

Postcard 2A - Sonjuk Bridge

Postcard 2B - Phyochunbi - Monuments in praise of Jong Mong Ju

Postcard 3 - The Mausoleum of King  Kongmin

Postcard 4A - The Mausoleum of King Wanggon

Postcard 4B - King Wanggon

Postcard 5A - Monwol Pavilion - Four stone stairs

Postcard 5B - Monwol Pavilion -Dragon sculpture

Postcard 6 - Sungyang Private School

Postcard 7 - Songyung Institution (Taesong Shrine)

Postcard 8 - Kaesong Walls
Mt Taehung Fortress North Gate.

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