At long last I have edited the photos from my outing to King Myeongju’s Tomb up in the mountains. Soon I’ll print them on 4×6 paper so I have a better idea of what I might want to print on 8×10 paper later.

I think I mentioned in an earlier post that I don’t know if these white stones were taken out of the ground to make room for a new path, or if they were brought to the park to be used in landscaping. Maybe I’ll find out the next time I visit.

I almost said that this is a new path and manhole, but a man wouldn’t fit down this. The building in the background is a public toilet, so there might be some connection with that. The bathroom looks great from the outside, but I wouldn’t use it. I don’t think it’s been cleaned or renovated for years. Maybe that’s next on the list of things to fix.

This building is used for ancestral rites to honour the king. Probably once a year. I thought it curious that someone used a lot of concrete to make a bridge between the hill and the back entrance instead of two smaller sets of stairs. But probably a procession goes from the building up to the tomb and this is safer and more convenient.

It’s possible that the owner of this private house might have some duties as a caretaker. A farmer living next to the Obong Confucian School had a similar role. I wish there was more light on the stele, but perhaps it’s fitting that there is light on the living home and shadow on the marker of a tomb.

Into the afterworld . . . . .

I like the harmony of the curved lines in the tomb and the hill. And the repetition of the vertical lines of the trees and the stele.

A close-up of one of the stelae around the tombs. It’s written in Classical Chinese, so I only understand a few words like the name of this province and ‘C.E.”, as in the date marker.

More tall trees and a stele in front of a tomb. I can read the Chinese on this one. It says, “The tomb of Kim Juwon, King Myeongju”. Myeongju is Kim Juwon’s royal name. He wasn’t the king of the whole nation, but more of a lord.

I don’t know who this warrior statue is meant to represent. King Myeongju’s retinue, perhaps? There are several of these warriors as well as scholars down by the ritual building. The style looks modern compared to the stone work at the tomb, but I’m no expert.

I hope you enjoyed the photos. I’d like to go back again when the weather is decent. I.e., when the wind is calm and light is nice.

2 thoughts on “Tomb of King Myeongju

  1. Another nice set of shots, Marcus. Thanks for posting.

    The caretaker’s house looks very nice. Job for life? I’d imagine you’d soon get fed up of the constant stream of tourists, although you’d have to remind yourself ‘No tourists, no job’.

    The Warrior Statue photo looks great.

    I like the way the tombs are very much integrated with their surroundings & nature. And they’re very modestly marked compared to some of the monstrous, ornate marble & stone memorials we have in our cemeteries.


    1. I doubt the caretaker is much bothered by tourists. Busy historical sites have a full staff. Out of the way places like this just have ‘a guy’ who looks in now and then. There’s almost never anyone around.
      I think the prestige of a Korean tomb is measured in how much land you use up. In a country where land is at a premium. But you’re right; it is nice how the tombs are covered in grass and match the surrounding hills.


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