Gochang, Hwasun, and Ganghwa Dolmen Sites (2000)
Republic of Korea

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Republic of Korea 2003. Top part of booklet pane illustrating the megalithic culture.

The prehistoric cemeteries at Gochang, Hwasun, and Ganghwa contain many hundreds of examples of dolmens - tombs from the 1st millennium B.C. constructed of large stone slabs. They form part of the Megalithic culture, found in many parts of the world, but nowhere in such a concentrated form. 
  • Republic of Korea 2003. Top part of pane illustrating the megalithic culture. 

The top part (shown) contains one of each of the two stamps issued, and is separated from the bottom portion of the pane by a row of perforations. 

The lower part of the pane contains 9 stamps of the 1,90-value and 3 stamps of the 2,80-value. 

In the justification for inscription the UNESCO states that the global prehistoric technological and social phenomenon that resulted in the appearance in the 2nd and 3rd millennia BCE of funerary and ritual monuments constructed of large stones (the “Megalithic Culture”) is nowhere more vividly illustrated than in the dolmen cemeteries of Koch’ang, Hwasun, and Kangwha.

Sources and links:

Other World Cultural Heritage Properties in Republic of Korea (on this web site). For more information about the individual properties, please refer to the UNESCO-listing, Republic of Korea-section.

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