I’m back in Goryeong! The last time I came here was to visit a zoo but there are more exciting things at Goryeong than rare animals … like history for instance!
Goryeong was once the capital of Daegaya, one of the more powerful confederacies that rivaled that of Silla and Baekje (they happen to lie between them).
As this was the capital, their royal tombs are also located here. The first king to buried in a hill-like tombs built it smaller and lower down the hills than that of his successors who became more powerful, they got bigger and higher.
Before visiting the tombs, we paid a visit to the museum. It costs 2000 won but there are two floors and the permanent exhibition has English explanations.
We couldn’t take photos inside the museum, but it consists of information about the rise and fall of Daegaya as well as the items they found in the tombs. The confederacy composed of a lot of smaller kingdoms, and lasted a little over 500 years before getting weakened and finally annexed by neighbouring Silla.
The parks where the royal tombs are all free. However, there is a tomb that was excavated that is included in the admission fee to the museum.
There is a guide as well as explanations on what they found in the grave. The one here might be smaller and so they didn’t have that many human sacrifices as other ones.
I think some of the items are replicas while others might be real…
Afterwards, we walked around the tombs but there were so many that we only covered a little. I would imagine that it would look much nicer when the grass was green.
There were also some exhibition items 🙂
We walked back down to find lunch and we stopped at the first restaurant we saw – a Chinese-Korean fusion restaurant. We ordered a set for three people and an extra Jjajiangmyeon.
Since we were already half way to the bus terminal, we just walked the remainder of the street – our little visit to downtown Goryeong.
Transportation: We had to take a subway to Daegu Seobu Intercity Terminal and then take a bus to Goryeong .. then taxi.
February 18, 2017