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Gongju Nat'l Museum presents 5,232 artifacts unearthed from King Muryeong's tomb Updated: 2021-09-24 17:04:46 KST

It's Friday, and that means our culture correspondent Kim Bo-kyoung is here in the studio to let us know what's happening in culture and the arts. I heard you have been to Chungcheongbuk-do Province to take a look at some valuable heritage from the Three Kingdoms Period?

That's right, I have been to Gongju this week as it has been half the century since the excavation of King Muryeong's tomb from the Baekje Kingdom. The tomb is considered to have high value because it is the only one out of all tombs from the Three Kingdoms Period that clearly showed the names of the buried and the date of construction. Commemorating the 50th anniversary, the museum displayed more than 5-thousand relics all at once for the first time. Let's take a look.

In 1971, while workers were making a waterway, a shovel hit a hard object.
They found a brick chamber tomb dating back around 15 hundred years.

"At the middle of the tomb's passageway stood the stone guardian animal. It was a Chinese custom to have animal-based guardian statues such as a pig or even an alligator. This guardian animal was the Baekje kingdom’s own version and has a blunt muzzle, wings, and a horn."

After passing by the guardian statue with lips and body parts painted red to ward off the evil spirits, the stone plaques revealed who the tomb held King Muryeong the 25th ruler of the Baekje Kingdom and his queen consort.

"This tomb is the only one among all the mounds of the Three Kingdoms Period that clearly lets us know the identification of the buried and the time period. Around 5-thousand artifacts broaden the boundary of Baekje history, moreover that of East Asia."

Celebrating half a century since the tomb's excavation, the Gongju National Museum has prepared a special exhibition presenting the 5,232 artifacts unearthed from the tomb all in one place for the first time .
Among the artifacts that were found alongside the king and queen's wooden coffins are gold crowns.
Flame and honeysuckle designs decorate the thin gold plate
Gold earrings weighing around 55-grams each and gold necklaces also show extricate beauty.
Other artifacts include a lidded silver cup on a bronze saucer.

"The silver cup, a bronze saucer and a lid that were unearthed at the queen's head have diverse patterns related to Baekje. It is a valuable artifact that shows the kingdom's philosophy."

Displayed for a limited time to keep them well preserved are the king and queen's wooden headrest and footrest.
The artifacts are on display until March.
History lovers especially those interested in Baekje's history should definitely visit the museum. Now, what's happening in music this week? Anything for K-pop fans?

Indeed there is, especially for ARMY, as BTS and British band Coldplay released their collaboration a single titled "My Universe", which went on sale worldwide at 1 PM on Friday.
The single has lyrics both in English and Korean, and the official video with lyrics written in the members' handwriting has been uploaded on Coldplay's YouTube channel.
It will be included on Coldplay's ninth album scheduled to be released on October 15th.
While staying in New York after giving a speech ahead of the UN General Assembly, BTS met up with Coldplay and uploaded a picture on social media on Thursday.
Four members of Coldplay were wearing modern versions of traditional Korean attire - hanbok, which is said to be a gift by BTS.
On Sunday, BTS and Coldplay are scheduled to release a documentary, titled "Inside My Universe".
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