A digital reproduction of a 6.4-meter-tall stela of King Gwanggaeto the Great of Goguryeo stands at the National Museum of Korea in central Seoul, Wednesday. Courtesy of NMK

The mammoth gravestone of King Gwanggaeto the Great, one of the best known monarchs of the ancient Goguryeo Kingdom (37 BCE-668 CE), has been digitally resurrected at the heart of the National Museum of Korea (NMK) in central Seoul. The digital reproduction of the 6.4-meter-tall stela, accompanied by original stone rubbings of its inscriptions, has been unveiled over 1,600 years after its initial erection in Ji’an, located SPORTSTOTOZONECOM in present-day northeastern China.“ When speaking of the ancient history of the Three Kingdoms of Korea — Goguryeo, Baekje and Silla — it is impossible for us to leave out this imposing monument,” Yoon Sung-yong, director-general of the NMK, said during a press conference held to announce the museum’s 2024 agenda, Wednesday.

Goguryeo once held sway over the entire northern half of the Korean Peninsula and parts of northeastern China before its eventual fall in the late seventh century .The stela of King Gwanggaeto the Great, recognized as the ruler who led the kingdom during its golden age, was established in 414 by his son, King Jangsu .A total of 1,775 characters were inscribed onto the column’s four sides, recounting the founding myth of Goguryeo and the late monarch’s ascent to the throne, along with his political achievements .The colossal digital pillar at the NMK was created primarily based on the rare 1889 edition of the stone rubbings that the museum acquired last year. Starting with the display of the stela’s LED replica and the original rubbings, the institution is gearing up to renovate by the end of this year its permanent hall dedicated to Goguryeo-era artifacts.

Another major project in the museum’s agenda for 2024 involves organizing a series of mini-exhibitions of its centuries-old collection for people residing in remote regions. This initiative aims to address the pronounced regional disparity between Seoul and the rest of Korea in terms of the accessibility of the country’s historic artifacts, Yoon said. Currently, out of 2,724 relics designated as national treasures or treasures by the state, a substantial 1,165 — nearly 43 percent of the total — are concentrated in the Seoul metropolitan area .“Residents 스포츠토토존 in small towns are often left culturally marginalized, especially students who are unable to see Korea’s important cultural heritage in person that appears in their textbooks,” the director-general added. To bridge this gap, six small-scale shows filled with treasured relics — including a fifth-century golden crown from a Silla-era tomb and a Joseon-era white-glazed moon jar — will travel to 12 cities currently experiencing a sharp population decline.

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