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Mausoleum of King Tongmyong

Mausoleum of King Tongmyong in Pyongyang

This is seated in Ryongsan-ri, Ryokpho district 25km east of the city centre.
The mausoleum was built in the early 5th century and was moved here when Koguryo transferred its capital to Pyongyang.
On May 14, Juche 82(1993), it was renovatted on the occasion of the 2,291st birthday of Ko Ju Mong(the original name of King Tongmyong).
It covers an area of 220 hectares. It comprises the mausoleum, Jongnung Temple and other tombs of loyal servants. The mausoleum includes the monument to the rennovated mausoleum, mausoleum, stone statues of civil and military servants and a temple for memorial services.
The bottom of the mausoleum is square. The pedestal is piled up with blocks of stone. A heap of earth is covered on the pedestal. One side of the pedestal is 32m long and the mausoleum is 11.5m high.
Murals depicting 22 themes were drawn on 9 walls in the temple for memorial services.
The Jongnung Temple is composed of the octagonal 7-storey pagoda, Pogwang Temple, Ryonghwa Temple and Kungnak Temple. Fifteen tombs of loyal servants are in the other tombs district.


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