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  Mausoleum of King Tongmyong

  •   The Mausoleum of King Tongmyong is one of the historical relics, showing the history and cultural tradition of the Korean nation as the tomb of the founder king of Koguryo dynasty.
      It is in Ryongsan-ri, Ryokpho District, Pyongyang.
      Tongmyong (298 BC -259 BC) founded Koguryo, which was the most powerful state in the history of Korea.
      The people of Koguryo worshipped him, who built the first feudal state and laid down its foundations as a powerful state, and regarded him as a mythical being and built his tomb with special care.
      Under the concern of the Workers’ Party of Korea and the government, the tomb was reconstructed and expanded as befitted the mausoleum of the founder-king of Koguryo, which can give a vivid description of the excellent architectural skills and time-honoured cultural traditions of the Korean nation.
      The mausoleum consists of a majestic tomb standing on over 160 base stones, 30 stone sculptures, dozens of fine art works including portrait of King Tongmyong and other pictures showing the strength of Koguryo and the living costumes of its people, and the Jongnung Temple and other peculiar national architecture.
      A pond, a wide open space, armful-thick pine trees and various flowers can be found in front of the mausoleum.
      The mausoleum will be handed down for ages to come as a source pride of the Korean nation with the history of Koguryo which demonstrated as great power.