• Koguryo and Balhae
  • Tokhung-ri Tomb
Corner Columns
TitleCorner Columns
Corner columns on the southern wall of the antechamber 01
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Corner columns on the southern wall of the antechamber 02
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These are detailed views of the wooden columns and joists in the corners of the southern wall of the antechamber in Tokhung-ri Tomb. The four corners of the antechamber in Tokhung-ri Tomb were painted with columns and beams to create an atmosphere of being inside a house. This is representative of the ancient people’s perception of immortality. People of the Koguryo era believed that although the body may die, the soul would live forever. This belief leads to the practice of constructing tombs to resemble houses. The tomb, in which the soul inhabits, would often contain depictions of columns, beams, supports, and other architectural elements mimicking real-life houses.
The columns seen in the images feature cloud-pattern decorations in black ink lines, implying that the tomb belongs to the world of the afterlife.