'Archaeological Area of Pyoambong in Geumgangsan Mountain, Gyeongju' to be designated as national cultural heritage

연합뉴스 / 2022-06-17 14:10:36
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▲ This photo, provided by the Province of Gyeongsangbuk-do, shows a part of the “Archaeological Area of Pyoambong in Geumgangsan Mountain, Gyeongju” located in Dongcheon-dong, Gyeongju. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)

 

▲ This photo, provided by the Province of Gyeongsangbuk-do, shows the “Stone Buddhas in Four Directions at Gulbulsa Temple Site, Gyeongju.” (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)

 

 

SEOUL, June 17 (Yonhap) -- Gyeongbuk Province announced on Thursday that the “Archaeological Area of Pyoambong in Geumgangsan Mountain, Gyeongju” located in Dongcheon-dong, Gyeongju, which has a lot of Silla cultural heritage, will be designated as a national cultural heritage (historic site) as of June 17.


This decision of designating the Archaeological Area of Pyoambong in Guemgangsan Mountain, Gyeongju, was made after a 30-day notice period of deliberation by the Cultural Heritage Committee of the Cultural Heritage Administration in April and the final deliberation process that was held recently.

Geumgangsan Mountain in Gyeongju, the Northern mountain of the Five Sacred Mountains by direction in the Silla Capital and a saryeongji (4 sacred places) where it discussed important events is a sacred space of Silla and a place where important relics related to historical events of Silla are gathered.

It is also an important space for the founding and the formation of Silla, as well as it being a sacred space for Buddhism during Silla.

“Pyoam” is the birthplace of the Silla Kingdom, where all the 6 village chiefs crowned Pak Hyeokgeose as the King of Silla unanimously, and it is also the place where the “Baengnyulsa Temple” and “Martyr monument of Ichadon” are located.

There are also numerous cultural assets important to understand the history and culture of Silla, including the “Stone Buddhas in Four Directions at Gulbulsa Temple Site, Gyeongju,” and “rock-carved triad buddha at Dongcheondong.”

The Archaeological Area of Pyoambong in Guemgangsan Mountain, Gyeongju, was used as a resting place for people who lived in the Silla capital after death and as a space for ceremonies.

The “Tomb of King Talhae” and “Dongcheongdong Tombs” are representative cultural heritages that show the change in burial space from the center of the city to the surrounding hills.

Along with the Cultural Heritage Administration and Gyeongju city, the provincial government plans to re-examine the historical value of the site and come up with a systematic preservation, management, and utilization plan.

“As the Archaeological Area of Pyoambong in Geumgangsan Mountain has been inscribed as the nationally designated cultural property, we are hoping that the understanding and interest of the Silla culture will increase as well,” said Kim Sang-cheol, director of the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism of Gyeongju. “We will also lead the digital transformation by restoring the entire royal palace of Silla using digital technology.”

 

(This article is translated from Korean to English by Haemin Kim.)

 

 

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