Kaesong city walls

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Kaesong city walls
Chosŏn'gŭl
개성옛성
Hancha
開城古城
Revised RomanizationGaeseong-yetseong
McCune–ReischauerKaesŏng-yetsŏng

The Walled City of Kaesong surround the royal castle, Manwoldae. The walls have a total length of 23 km and are partially preserved.[1]

The walls were built using the surrounding landscape as a defensive structure (Korean city walls were generally constructed on the crests of hills), following the principles of geomancy. Small walls have likely been present on the site since the Silla period; the walls were made from beaten earth during the Koryo dynasty. Many portions were rebuilt with stone during the 14th Century. A large portion of the stone walls still exist into modern times, and parts of the earthen walls are still visible. The exterior wall date from the 11th Century and the interior wall from the 14th Century.[2]

The walls had around twenty gates, many of which survive today.[2]

It is listed as a National Treasures of North Korea.

Four walls[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ KCNA (2003–2014). World Cultural Heritage-Historical Relics in Kaesong. Korea Computer Center in DPRKorea & Foreign Languages Publishing House. Event occurs at 04:39. Retrieved July 12, 2014.
  2. ^ a b CHABANOL, ELISABETH (2005). "Study of the Archaeological and Historical Sites of Kaesong". Transactions of the Royal Asiatic Society Korea Branch. Royal Asiatic Society Korea Branch. 80: 35–58. Retrieved 13 July 2014.

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Coordinates: 37°59′19″N 126°34′22″E / 37.9886°N 126.5728°E / 37.9886; 126.5728