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[an error occurred while processing this directive]Gochang, Hwasun and Ganghwa Dolmen Sites, South Korea

[an error occurred while processing this directive][an error occurred while processing this directive] Gochang, Hwasun and Ganghwa Dolmen Sites is a World Heritage Site in South Korea. These sites preserve hundreds of stone dolmen, which were grave markers dating back to the first millennium BC. They were erected by the megalithic cultures that flourished in the Korean peninsula during that period. The sites of Gochang, Hwasun and Ganghwa together holds the majority of the dolmen in Korea, which has 40% of these grave markers in the world.


Gochang dolmen
Gochang dolmen
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There are two types of dolmen in Korea. The northern type, also called the table type, has four stones positioned to form the walls of a box, capped by a stone which is placed on top. The southern type, also called the go-board, has an underground burial chamber with stones supported by the capstone. Dolmen are often found at the foot of a series of hillocks. The capstones are between 1 to 5.8 meters in length, and may weigh up to 225 tons.

Gochang, Hwasun and Ganghwa Dolmen Sites was inscribed as a World Heritage Site during the 24th session of the World Heritage Committee in Cairns, Australia, 27 November - 2 December, 2000.


Ganghwa dolmen
Ganghwa dolmen
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World Heritage Site Inscription Details

Location: N34 58 0.012 E126 55 45.012
Inscription Year: 2000
Type of Site: Cultural
Inscription Criteria: III


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