|The Tomb of King Dan-gun
(Korea's Ancestral San-shin),
Near Pyeongyang in North Korea
-- from official postcards purchased there --
This is supposedly a copy of the original stone
monument telling the history of the 'Tomb of
King Dan-gun', found at its site with the buried
ruins of the original tomb. Two large skeletons
are now enshrined inside the reconstruction;
they are said to be King Dan-gun and his wife.
Pyeongyang authorities have not yet allowed
archaeologists from South Korea or any other
nation to inspect this site, so nothing claimed
about it can be considered verified. But it's
very interesting how NK's "communist" regime
is using this ancient myth to bolster it's own
legitimacy, and promote re-unification...
An officially-approved 126-member South
Korean delegation visited sites of the
Pyeongyang area for 5 days to celebrate the
4335th annual Gae-cheon-jeol [Heaven-Opening
Day] (Korea's National Foundation Day; see
pages 132-134 of my book) which fell on October
3rd in 2002. This is another positive step
towards cultural re-unification.
They co-hosted a ceremonial festival at the
reconstructed 'Tomb of King Dan-gun' (see page
208). They toured the shrines of several famous
mountains, and held a symposium on the
legends of and evidence for Dan-gun.
He is known as the grandson of the Lord of
Heaven, founder of Korea's first Kingdom, a
wise Shamanic ruler; he is said to have "retired
as a Mountain-spirit", probably of Guwol-san
[Nine-Moons Mountain] SW of Pyeongyang,
when Iron-Age Chinese culture conquered his
kingdom around 1100 BCE. He is thus sort of
the "Father of all San-shin".