Large ancient tombs of kings and nobles of the Silla Kingdom can be seen around Gyeongju at the Daereungwon Tomb Complex (Cheonmachong Tomb). There are twenty-three large tombs located here; the most famous being Cheonmachong and Hwangnamdaechong.
In an excavation of the area in the 1970s, Cheonmachong was discovered with a painting of a mounted horse. This painting is the only discovered painting from the Silla era. You can also view the inside of Cheonmachong. There are 11,526 remains and royal crowns inside the tomb, demonstrating the lavish lifestyle of the king. Another tourist attraction is Hwangnamdaechong, the largest ancient tomb. It houses the bodies of both the king and queen and has over 30 thousand relics and gold accessories.
The unique thing about Hwangnamdaechong is that the queen’s tomb has more luxurious accessories. Researchers have concluded that even the queen can have a high social position before marriage. You can feel the ancient culture of Korea 1,500 years ago when visiting these tombs.
Popular nearby, compatible sites for a private tour in Gyeongsangbukdo:
Gyeongju Historic Area
Silla Culture Experience Center
9, Gyerim-ro, Gyeongju-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do
경상북도 경주시 계림로 9 (황남동)
Adults: 2,000 won
Teenagers: 1,200 won
Children: 600 won
Adults: 1,600 won
Teenagers: 1,000 won
Children: 500 won
* Adults (ages 19-64) / Teenagers (ages 18 or younger) / Children (ages 7-12)
* Groups of 30 people or more