Goguryeo (sometimes spelled Koguryo) was one of the ancient kingdoms of Korea. The name of the modern state of Korea comes from this powerful and influential kingdom. It ruled northern Korea during the Three Kingdoms period from the 1st century BCE to 7th century CE. Goguryeo tomb murals, now registered with UNESCO World Heritage, are an important part of Korea’s rich cultural heritage. They are a historic record of the kingdom, one of the most powerful states in Northeast Asia 2000 years ago. The murals, excavated from the late third to seventh centuries in areas of Pyongyang and Anak in North Korea and Ji’an in China, reflect the Goguryeo people’s view on the world, the universe, and afterlife. In addition, these murals provide important insights into their daily life.
Through this book, readers can understand characteristics of Goguryeo life and culture depicted in the Goguryeo tomb murals: individuality based on diversity, universality with originality, and openness with selectivity.
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