Capital Cities and Tombs of the Ancient Koguryo Kingdom

Capital Cities And Tombs Of The Ancient Koguryo Kingdom

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Capital Cities and Tombs of the Ancient Koguryo Kingdom

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Capital Cities and Tombs of the Ancient Koguryo Kingdom is a World Heritage Site (identification number 1135) located in the People's Republic of China. The designated area of the site is located in and around Ji'an, Jilin. The site was designated as a cultural World Heritage Site in 2004, qualifying as such under the first five of the six criteria for cultural heritage sites.

The site contains the archaeological remains of three cities (Wunü Mountain City, Guonei City, and Wandu Mountain City), and forty identified tombs of Koguryo imperial and noble families.

Capital Cities

Wunü Mountain City was the first capital of Koguryo Kingdom. Guonei City () and Wandu Mountain City () were also capitals of the Koguryo Kingdom.

Wunü Mountain City is only partly excavated. Guonei City, within the modern city of Ji’an, played the role of a supporting capital after the main Koguryo capital moved to Pyongyang. Wandu Mountain City contains many vestiges including a large palace and many tombs.

The Capital Cities of the Koguryo Kingdom are an early example of mountain cities, later imitated by neighbouring cultures. The system of capital cities represented by Guonei City and Wandu Mountain City also influenced the construction of...
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