Special exhbition in Gongju commemorates 50th anniv. of excavation of King Muryeong's tomb

연합뉴스 / 2021-09-13 18:57:48
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GONGJU, Sept. 13 (Yonhap) -- To mark the 50th anniversary of the excavation of the tomb of King Muryeong, the 25th king of the Baekje Kingdom (18 B.C.-A.D. 660), which is one of the major archaeological discoveries in the country, an exhibition which showcases the entire relics found in the excavation during the summer of 1971 will be held.

 

 

▲ Visitors look at the wooden coffin (L) for King Muryeong, the 25th king of the Baekje Kingdom (BC 18-AD 660), and one for his queen at Gongju National Museum in the city of Gongju, 161 km south of Seoul, on Sept. 13, 2021, one day ahead of the opening of an exhibition marking the 50th anniversary of the tomb's excavation, one of the major archaeological discoveries in the country and a crucial source for understanding Baekje. (Yonhap)


This is a rare opportunity for people to meet valuable cultural assets, including 17 national treasures, which are a crucial source for understanding Baekje. The tomb of King Muryeong is the only ancient royal tomb that clearly shows the owner of the tomb and the timing of its establishment, therefore has become a reference point for historical and archaeological research.

The Gongju National Museum will open on a special exhibition on Sept. 14 titled 50 Years of Excavation, Preparing for a New Half Century of the Tomb of King Muryeong, which will showcase 136, 5,283 materials, including 124, 5,232 excavated items from the tomb of King Muryeong.

The tomb of King Muryeong, who ruled Baekje from 501 A.D. to 523 A.D. and was buried together with his queen, was accidentally discovered on July 1971 and a large number of groundbreaking relics poured out to help study Baekje as well as East Asian history.

At the time, 4,600 pieces of artifacts were excavated, but 600 additional pieces were discovered as well, totaling up to 5,232 artifacts.
 

▲ This photo shows an imaginary guardian animal, "jinmyosu," excavated in the tomb of King Muryeong, the 25th king of the Baekje Kingdom (18 B.C.-A.D. 660), displayed at Gongju National Museum in Gongju, 161 kilometers south of Seoul, on Sept. 13, 2021, one day ahead of the opening of an exhibition marking the 50th anniversary of the excavation of the king's tomb, one of the major archaeological discoveries in the country and a crucial source for understanding Baekje. (Yonhap)

During the press conference on Monday, the head of the Gongju National Museum Han Soo, said "If the exhibition of King Muryeong's tomb has been a solo concert so far, this exhibition will be like a symphony," adding, "There will be no other day in at least a generation where people are able to see all relics found in King Muryeong's tomb."

The exhibition, designed to introduce the research results of King Muryeong's tomb along with future research goals for the museum, will be held in the Ungjin Baekje Hall and the Special Exhibition Hall.

The Ungjin Baekje Hall was newly constructed and will display items worn by King Muryeong and his queen.

The 50th anniversary exhibition starts with a silver cup with a bronze stand, which was found on the queen's head. The cup holds a number of meanings and reflects the people of Baekje's thoughts and views on the world. The beautiful patterns on the cup are enlarged to help people appreciate the artifact.

 

▲ This photo shows gold ornaments used in decorating the coffin of King Muryeong, the 25th king of the Baekje Kingdom (18 B.C.-A.D. 660), displayed at Gongju National Museum in Gongju, 161 kilometers south of Seoul, on Sept. 13, 2021, one day ahead of the opening of an exhibition marking the 50th anniversary of the excavation of the king's tomb, one of the major archaeological discoveries in the country and a crucial source for understanding Baekje. (Yonhap)

 

 

▲ A visitor looks at gold earrings of King Muryeong, the 25th king of the Baekje Kingdom (18 B.C.-A.D. 660), at Gongju National Museum in Gongju, 161 kilometers south of Seoul, on Sept. 13, 2021, one day ahead of the opening of an exhibition marking the 50th anniversary of the excavation of the king's tomb, one of the major archaeological discoveries in the country and a crucial source for understanding Baekje. (Yonhap)


In addition, various artifacts such as gold ornaments used in decorating the crowns of the king and queen, the actual wooden coffins, gold earrings of King Muryeong, and a bronze mirror.

The first part of the special exhibition hall introduces the visitors of how the tombs were found, the actual drawings and tables of the excavation survey, as well as news articles published after the discovery.

In the last space of the exhibition, research to be studied in the future such as the funeral process of King Muryeong and Queen, which are not yet clearly identified, as well as items that have yet to be identified for their usage will be presented.

 

 

▲ This photo shows a wooden pillow of the queen of King Muryeong, the 25th king of the Baekje Kingdom (18 B.C.-A.D. 660), displayed at Gongju National Museum in Gongju, 161 kilometers south of Seoul, on Sept. 13, 2021, one day ahead of the opening of an exhibition marking the 50th anniversary of the excavation of the king's tomb, one of the major archaeological discoveries in the country and a crucial source for understanding Baekje. (Yonhap) 


Among the relics, pillows and footrests of the king and queen will only be released until Sept. 26 as they are made of wood.

The exhibition will be held until Mar. 6 next year.

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