Tomb of King Munmu


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Tomb of King Munmu

 

Daejong-cheon is the stream flowing from behind Mt. Tohamsan toward the Eastern Sea. A rocky islet 200 meter off of Bonggil bathing beach adds to the beauty of the beach. The islet, "Daewang-am," is considered to be either the underwater tomb of king Munmu or the ash-scattering place after the cremation of the royal body. From a distance, Daewang-am appears to be a common rocky islet. A closer look reveals a gap where there is a pool of sea water surrounded by natural stones. The burial site is marked by a large rock in the center of the pool, approximately 50 tons in weight, 3.6m in length, 2.85m in width, and 0.9m in thickness. The rock has partially sunk under the water. The water in the pool always appears calm regardless of the weather or of the height of waves outside the islet. The cross-shaped water way open in each direction allows the inflow from the east to flow over and through to the west, some people speculate that there is some kind of device or container of king munmu's royal ashes underneath the stone in the islet but this has not been proven by field study. It is a speculation drawn from the presence of cut marks on the surrounding rocks which seem artificial. Daewang-am has long been regarded as the place were his royal ashes were scattered. The fishermen in this area rarely go near the sacred islet.

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