Kaesong ( MoLAS)

Clients: Euro-Asian Heritage Development Corporation

Author: Dave Lakin

MoLAS is advising on the archaeological aspects of a joint project undertaken with the National Bureau for Cultural Property Conservation of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea and the Kaesong Peoples' Committee. The project aims to promote heritage tourism to Kaesong, the capital of Korea in the Koryo period (AD9181392).

At present a few of the major monuments of the city such as the royal palace and some of the royal tombs may be visited but many aspects of even these major sites are not well understood. The Kaesong project aims to enhance the understanding of these and other monuments as part of a cultural heritage management plan for the city.

Approximately 1,800 vernacular buildings , ie ones thought to pre-date the 20th century, survive in the city, a small fraction of the 200,000 which may have existed in its heyday. The investigation and preservation of these buildings will form part of the project.

Field trips to Kaesong were made in January and August 2003, which enabled an outline programme of investigation to be established following discussions with NBCPC. Fieldwork is likely to commence in the spring of 2004 and will be a co-operative multi-disciplinary effort, involving western and North Korean archaeologists.

This site report is extracted from MoLAS 2003: annual review

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