Korea's own Valley of the Kings, Daerungwon, located in Gyeongju, the ancient capital of Korea during the Silla Kingdom. The site has 23, wooden chambers, tombs for kings, queens and nobleman from the Silla dynasty inside large stone and earth mounds. The oldest tombs most likely date back to the 5th and 6th century.
In the 1970's excavations took place at the Cheonmachong tomb. More than 11,000 objects and the only remaining painting from the Silla culture were discovered inside, shedding light on life during the Silla rule in Korea. The Cheonmachong tomb can be visited inside.
The largest mound at Daerungwon, Hwangnam Daechong, has two tombs inside for a king and queen. They were buried with all the things needed for the afterlife including gold crowns and jewelry. The Hwangnam Daechong tomb is also open for the public.
The Daerungwon Royal Tombs can be visited all year round. Opening hours are from 9:00-22:00.
Admission Fees Adults 2,000 won Teenagers 1,200 won Children 600 won Or buy a combination ticket for other sights in Gyeongju.
Parking facilities are available at the premises with fees starting at 2,000 Won for small cars.