Ancient Tombs Listed as UNESCO World Heritage Site

  • By Heo Yun-hee

    September 18, 2023 12:40

    The seven Gaya Tumuli or tomb clusters dating back to Korea's ancient Gaya confederacy have been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site.
    The World Heritage Committee made the decision in a meeting in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on Sunday. 
    A cluster of tombs from the Gaya period in Changnyeong, South Gyeongsang Province /Courtesy of Cultural Heritage Administration
    "The introduction of new forms of tombs and the intensification of the spatial hierarchy in the tumuli sites reflect the structural changes experienced by Gaya society during its history," UNESCO said, ensuring their "outstanding universal value." 
    Built in the first to sixth centuries, the circular burial mounds are scattered around southern Korea.  
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