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Mural Tomb of Koguryo Kingdom Newly Unearthed in DPRK

Pyongyang, April 25 (KCNA) — Researchers of the Korean Central History Museum have recently unearthed a new mural tomb dating back to Koguryo Kingdom (B.C. 277-A.D. 668) at around Jangsuwon-dong area, Samsok District, Pyongyang, the DPRK.

The mural tomb was unearthed on the eastern incline of a mountain 2 kilometers away from northeast from the seat of Jangsuwon-dong.
The oval tomb is 9.2 meters from the north to south, 11 meters from the east to west and 0.6 meters high in the western part and 1.5 meters high in the eastern part.
Chamber of the tomb is 2.7 meters long from the north to south, 3.2 meters wide from the east to west and 1.4 meters high.
The height from the bottom of the chamber to the top of the ceiling stone is 2.6 meters.
Remains of murals were found on four walls of the chamber and pieces of murals at the bottom.
Remains and pieces of the murals show that they are pictures of four guardians drawn with black, red brown and yellow colors.
Snake and tortoise were drawn on the northern wall with black and red brown colors. The body and tail of tortoise and the head of snake are still remained in the picture.
Red phoenix was drawn on the southern wall with red brown and yellow colors, but only wings and legs are seen dimly.
The structure of the mural tomb and murals drawn on the walls of the chamber tell that Koguryo mural tombs are spread over the vast areas of Jangsuwon-dong.
Honam-ri tomb, Nae-ri tomb No. 1 and other tombs dating back to the Koguryo Kingdom have been unearthed in this area.

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