UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Korea: Gochang, Hwasun, and Ganghwa Dolmen sites

UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Korea: Gochang, Hwasun, and Ganghwa Dolmen sites

Dolmens….are prehistoric stone graves built
thousands of years ago during the Neolithic and Bronze Ages. More than half of the Dolmens remaining in
the world are found on the Korean Peninsula. And that’s what Gochang, Hwasun and Ganghwa
Dolmen sites represent. Our Lee Minyoung shows us the prehistoric
dolmens – Korea’s UNESCO World Heritage. These monumental rocks are here not by accident
nor by coincidence. They date back to the Neolithic or New Stone
Age and the Bronze Age,… and they are prehistoric tombs called dolmens, built with large stones
known as megaliths. Dolmen in Korean is known as ‘goin-dol’ which
means ‘supported stone’. And more than half of remaining dolmens around
the world are densely concentrated in the Korean peninsula. For that reason and for the value they hold,
three major dolmen grounds in Korea have been designated as UNESCO World Heritage Sites
in 2000, namely the Gochang, Hwasun, and Ganghwa dolmen sites. “The three dolmen sites in Korea have an outstanding
archeological value. They have been drawing a lot of attention
from archaeologists worldwide because nowhere in the world dolmens can be found in such
great density and variety.” Among the three, Gochan is home to about 4-hundred-50
dolmens, concentrated within a 1-point-8 kilometer radius. Besides the sheer number of dolmens clustered
in Gochan, the area is also characterized by uniquely-shaped dolmens, which have been
classified as ‘hybrid’ types. “Dolmens in Korea can be categorized broadly
into three different types — the table type, the go-table type and the stone-covered type. Here in Gochang, you can take a look at all
three of them,…in addition to some dolmens that feature mixed elements of the three.” This dolmen is named after its table-like
shape. The grave is built with 4 to 6 stone stabs
standing straight on the ground forming a stone chamber, and usually topped with a large
capstone. These dolmens, on the other hand, are shaped
like a go-table or checkerboard type,…featuring a large covering stone on top of several footstones. The main characteristic of this type of dolmen
is that the body is buried underground. The most common type of dolmen, however, is
the stone-covered type, which as the name depicts, is a grave covered with a capstone. But besides these three, other forms of dolmen
have been found in Gochang, which reflect the interaction and coexistence among various
cultures. “As you can see, a table-type dolmen is supposed
to have a flat flagstone on top,…but instead, this hybrid dolmen features a large covering
stone instead. This clearly shows that tribes with different
funerary cultures coexisted together.” The dolmens in Gochang also vary in size. “This is the largest Dolmen in the world. This enormous prehistoric tomb weighs nearly
3-hundred tons and stands five meters high. It remains a mystery how people were able
to build a tomb of this size over 3 thousand years ago.” Experts assume that people of that time cut
stones by making a hole on a large rock and placing a wooden stick in the crevice. Continuously pouring water on the hole would
have swollen up the wooden stick, eventually splitting up the rock. “More than 3-thousand years have passed, but
these dolmens are still standing to this day. The only way to explain this is that our ancestors
had surprisingly advanced construction skills.” These monumental prehistoric relics contain
the key to understanding how life was during the Bronze Age. Dolmens are a world cultural heritage and
hold a universal value that needs to be protected for not only all mankind,…but also for the
future generations to come. Lee Minyoung, Arirang News, Gochang.

Author: Kevin Mason

7 thoughts on “UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Korea: Gochang, Hwasun, and Ganghwa Dolmen sites

  1. These are all made by Giants and Yes they are buried under them. Man could never have carried or lifted these rocks and whatever they say on this site is so much of a lie. Look up the Book of Enoch and the Book of Giants to see who really created these and they are all over this Earth.

  2. Theese seem more like art than religious or symbolic. Like little displays of each persons ability in creating theese art peices with whatever the ancient method was. It seems to be centered on conveying how easily maneuvered theese large stones were to them. It's not like they are super elaborate in any way, just raw displays of intense ingenuity or power or idk man

  3. Thanks to Google, Youtube and the internet, we are
    deep in stunning research on the unbelievable ancient prehistory of the Khasis
    and Jaintias, the parent stock of most people of the world and the ancient
    builders of Stonehenge, Avebury, Castlerigg and other stone circles around the
    world. Simultaneously and urgently we are examining the state of our planet with
    global warming and an Ice Age colliding in a catastrophic mix for human kind. All
    this based in the mystical land of the Khasi people, who believed that in the
    beginning there was Nothingness and Emptiness. From this nation of Divine
    Origins and the Golden Bridge which linked heaven and earth, from the land of
    the magical voices of the Shillong Chamber Choir, winner of multiple gold
    medals at the World Choir Games, from the land of around 100 Sacred Groves / Forests,
    from the three tribes of Matrilineal Customs, Khasi, Garo and Jaintia, where
    the surname is taken from the Mother and where the property is passed down to
    the youngest daughter, from the land of the 92 living Khasis with DNA of at
    least 57000 years ago (National Geographic's Genographic Project led by the
    renowned geneticist, Dr. Spencer Wells), though Khasis believe that they
    arrived in waves much earlier, many thousands of years back from Africa where
    they lived where the Cassia tree exists (Khasis were earlier known as Khasia or
    Cassia), from the land of the builders of Megaliths, Monoliths, burial stones, cromlechs,
    dolmen and menhirs all over the world from Ancient times, stretching from the
    Khasi hills, through South East Asia, Central India, South India, Siberia,
    Sweden, Denmark, Scandinavia, France, Belgium, Great Britain (England, Scotland
    and Wales), Ireland, Portugal, Spain, Peru, Egypt, Lebanon, Armenia, Tur-key
    (‘Tur’ means ‘forge ahead’ in Khasi), Africa, Japan, South Korea etc and where
    amazingly Monoliths will be erected from 19th to 21st April 2019 at Mawngap in
    the Khasi Hills, from the Ancestors and Forefathers of the Sumerians (the
    Khasis are the only people to have named three villages as Sumer and named a
    clan surname as Sumer. Kur, Ur city, Innanah temple, U-ruk, Ar-atta and Dur are
    all Khasi words), Phoenicians, Anunnaki, Akkadia, Anatolia, Thracians,
    Caucasians from whom Europeans claim to descend (ancient Greeks and Scythians
    called the Caucasus Mountains – Kau Khasis and Kroy Khasis), ancient Egyptians
    (Kassi was used as a common name in ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphics), Jews (like
    the Khasis, the Jews are matrilineal), Arabs (read Bahrain and the Gulf: Past
    Perspectives and Alternative Futures, Jeffrey J. Nugent, Theodore Thomas),
    Kelts, Celts, Goths, Khymru, Gauls, Britons, Brigantia tribe of ancient Britain
    (Bri Jaintia), Silures, Hittites, Cushies, Kassites of Babylon,, Cir cassians,
    Kassi tribe of Iran, Kashi Kingdom of India, Nepal (till the 19th
    century, Nepal was known as Khasi Desh or Khas Desh), Kashmir or Khasimir
    (Casimir were Kings of Poland and Hungary), Etruscans, Cassi tribe of England
    (named by Emperor Julius Caesar), Catti of Germany, Chauci of Germany and
    Netherlands, Cauci of Ireland (pronounced Kahassy), Gesse, ancient Japanese
    (you can't argue with DNA. Haplogroup C-M217 with 12.5% – 25% among Japanese
    Ainus and 7.5% – 7.7 % among Japanese from Kyushu and 33% from Nongtrai in
    Khasi Hills), Apache, Cheyennes, Sioux, Mongols, Vietnamese, Han Chinese,
    Indonesians, Thais, Khmers of Cambodia, Philippines, Laos, Myanmar, Russian Far
    East, Germans, Dutch, Northwest Europe, Turkic people of Central Asia etc etc, from
    the land of the Living Root Tree Bridges where bridges are built for thousands
    of years using just natural living roots of trees, from the land of many caves
    like the longest sandstone cave in the world – Krem Puri which were slowly dug
    after the near extinction event of the Mount Toba super volcano 75000 years
    ago, from the land of the Meghalayan Age, the latest Holocene Epoch, starting
    4200 years ago, declared by the International Commission on Stratigraphy (ICS),
    a subcommittee of the International Union of Geographic Sciences that focuses
    on defining the geologic time scale, from the world of Ka Niam Khasi and Ka
    Niam Tre, the world's oldest living religion, from the Land of the Druids /
    Lyngdohs and ancient Priestesses, from the land of legends, myths, oral
    traditions, folk tales, and from the nation which first weaved the tartan shawl
    (tapmohkhlieh) and spread it across Europe in prehistoric times, we greet all

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