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Complex of Koguryo Tombs are some thirty individual tombs from the ancient Koguryo Kingdom from in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, better known as North Korea. These are the tombs from the later period of the Koguryo Kingdom between the 3rd century BC to the 7th century AD.

The complex of tombs is the burial place of Koguryo kings and members of the ruling family and the aristocracy. They are the few Koguryo tombs with wall murals. These murals are the only few that remains on Koguryo tombs. They depict the daily life as well as mythologies of the time.

Complex of Koguryo Tombs in North Korea was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site during the 28th session of the World Heritage Committee in Suzhou, China, from 28 June to 7 July, 2004.

The Complex of Koguryo Tombs in North Korea is related to a similar inscription in China, Capital Cities and Tombs of the Ancient Koguryo Kingdom.

Photos of Complex of Koguryo Tombs

Wall paintings in a Koguryo tomb of North Korea
Wall paintings in a Koguryo tomb of North Korea
Author: Hairwizard91 (public domain)

World Heritage Site Inscription Details

Location: N 38 51 47.0 E 125 24 54.0
Inscription Year: 2004
Type of Site: Cultural
Inscription Criteria: I, II, III, IV

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