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Time capsule containing the history of Aragaya - Haman-gun, Gyeongnam, South Korea

A horse mound that is a combination of the present and the past.

Time capsule containing the history of Aragaya

Haman-gun, Gyeongnam, South Korea

In August 2013, Gyeongsangnam-do submitted a “Application for List of UNESCO World Heritage Temporary Lists” under the heading “Gimhae, Gaya Tumulus in Haman”. The Gaya Tumulus Cluster in Haman, which is trying to be registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, was very unfamiliar. Although the area called Haman is an unfamiliar place as a travel destination, the Hagan Gaya Tumulus Cluster is unfamiliar. The term Haman Gaya Tumulus Cluster refers to the mountain tomb cluster. In addition to Geumgwan Gaya, it is the remains of Aragaya, which represents Gaya culture. When it comes to Gaya culture, Gimhae and Goryeong are first thought of, but the Haman Malisan Tumulus Cluster is an open-air museum comparable to the tombs of Gyeongju.

Learn the Mt. Malisan Tumulus at the Haman Museum
The easiest way to access the Malisan Tumulus Cluster (Historic Site No. 515), which was built at the hillside of Mt. It is close to Gaya-eup and has good accessibility. I thought about where to climb, so I stopped by the Haman Museum and chose the way to go to Mt. It is from the thought that the first thing to solve is the question of the history of Aragaya and the reality of the horse mound.
Dolmen and dolmens and cartwheels that are larger than the actual size are displayed outside the Haman Museum. They are all artifacts from the Haman region. Some have reproduced the inside of the tomb. Restoring the tomb and tomb of the Malisan Tumulus Cluster, which was excavated and researched by the National Gaya Cultural Research Institute, made it easier for visitors to understand the structure of the tomb.
Haman Museum
The exhibition room is surprisingly small. In the exhibition hall on the 1st floor, a special exhibition of “Malyisan” artifacts is held until the 31st of December, celebrating the 10th anniversary of the opening of the Haman Museum. This is a valuable opportunity to learn more about the history and culture of Mt. Isan, including 100 relics excavated from Mt. What catches the eye is the unique patterns and shapes of pottery and various ornaments. The various shapes of plate legs show the characteristics of the Gaya pottery.
Round-ringed large knife excavated from the horse mountain 6
The permanent exhibition hall on the 2nd floor exhibits various artifacts from the prehistoric times of the Haman region. In particular, artifacts related to the ancient Aragaya form the center. Exhibition Hall 3 is a place where you can increase your understanding of the Malisan Tumulus Cluster. It is a great harvest to learn about Aragaya, whose name is unfamiliar through the remains of Aragaya, who worked in the Haman area, and horse armor, round-ringed knives, fireballs, flame-patterned earthenware, and cartwheels excavated from Horse Mountain. . Flame-patterned earthenware is the representative earthenware of Aragaya and is also called flame-type earthenware. The flame pattern represents the symbolic nature of fire, meaning life, divinity, and purification.
Wagon wheel earthenware showing the level of Kayato earthenware
Horse armor, unearthed in the 1992 armor, is a relic of Aragaya's excellent iron skills. It is the first horse armor unearthed in a complete form in Korea. It is estimated that 440 ~ 453 pieces of different shapes were connected to make them 226-230 cm long and 43-48 cm wide. The size of the piece varies depending on the area to be protected, and the hole through which the string is sewn to connect the armor is also very fine, so you can get a glimpse of Aragaya's excellent technique.
Gayato earthenware of various shapes
A mound that runs like a wave along the mountain ridge
Aragaya was a country in the ancient Haman region. Due to its geopolitical location facing the sea to the south, it had frequent traffic to and from Japan with Geumguan Gaya from an early age. The Malisan Tumulus Cluster is a valuable relic telling how powerful the national tax of Aragaya was.
A mountain tomb from the bottom of the mountain
As you go up the road leading to the back of the Haman Museum, you can see the large and small mounds. It is lined up at the top of the mountain and the ridgeline, making it stand out.
Tumulus behind the Haman Museum
In 1940, during the Japanese colonial period, it was divided into Dohang-ri and Malsan-ri subdivisions by dividing them into Dohang-ri and Malsan-ri, which span the same mountainous border. In 1963, the Korean government switched privately, but following the concept of Japanese imperialism, in 2011, the two tombs were united into one, taking into account the history and characteristics, and renamed it as 'Maisan Tombs'.
A tumulus that rises sharply
The road to the tomb is well laid out. It's like a well-maintained trail in the back garden. As you walk slowly, you can see the burial mounds along the road. There are very few cases where only one deceptively lies.
Travelers looking around the Mt.
There are very few cases where only one deceptively lies. 3-4 units or more gather and hold the foot. If only one was laid out, it would be boring and unsightly, but several flags gathered to overlap the round rods, so the more you see the scenery, the more interesting it is.
There is a path for walking along the tomb.
When you pass a bamboo-lined path or climb a lush staircase, you seem to enter space and time a thousand years ago. There are 187 tombs in Mt. However, considering that it has not been excavated, it is estimated that there are about 1,000 tombs.
The size of the tomb is different, but the size is quite large. Large mounds of over 25m in diameter stand out everywhere. The mounds continue to the foot of the horse like waves. Looking from the top of the mountain, you can see modern buildings such as schools and apartments over a large mound. It creates a landscape where the past and present coexist exquisitely.
History is a past, but it does not end with the facts of the past, but it is connected with the present and has an organic relationship. Perhaps it is in this context that British historian E. H Ka said, “History is a constant conversation between the past and the present.”
A tourist who climbs the tomb and looks out over Mt.
Travel information

Haman Museum
Address: 153-31 Gobun-gil, Gaya-eup, Haman-gun, Gyeongnam
Contact: 055-580-3901, museum.haman.go.kr
Opening Hours: 9 am to 6 pm (until 5 pm in winter), free admission

Address: 484, Dohang-ri, Gaya-eup, Haman-gun, Gyeongnam
Inquiries: 055-580-2321 (Haman County Office Cultural Tourism Division)


* Self-driving

Namhae Expressway Haman IC → Haman Culture & Arts Center → Turn right at Gaya Intersection → Haman Women's Middle School → Haman Museum → Malyisan Tumulus Cluster

* public transport

From Seoul Station to Haman Station, KTX, Saemaeul and Mugunghwa are operated 5 times a day (05:50, 09:40, 10:40, 16:44, 19:13), 3 hours 15 minutes to 5 hours 45 minutes

2. Restaurants around

The old house: Kalguksu / Malsan-ri, Gaya-eup, Haman-gun / 055-583-6336
Hamseong Restaurant: Chueotang / 16, Malsan-ro, Gaya-eup, Haman-gun / 055-583-2865
Akyangru Garden: Megimaeuntang / 331 Daebeop-ro, Daesan-myeon, Haman-gun / 055-584-3479
Snack: Duck / 78, Naegok 3-gil, Yeohang-myeon, Haman-gun / 055-582-8899
Hanseong Restaurant: small...
Daegu Restaurant: Beef Gukbap / 50-29 Bukchon 2-gil, Haman-myeon, Haman-gun / 055-583-4026


Cyclone Motel: 101 Jangteo-gil, Gaya-eup, Haman-gun / 055-583-7784
Imperial Motel: 69, Gaya-ro, Gaya-eup, Haman-gun / 055-585-1515
Walkerhill Motel: 27 Jungangnam 1-gil, Gaya-eup, Haman-gun / 055-583-6368
Gaya Motel: 17 Jungangnam 1-gil, Gaya-eup, Haman-gun / 055-584-1300
Hongsong Motel: 60 Gaya-ro, Gaya-eup, Haman-gun / 055-582-1048

※ The above information was created in November 2013, and may change later, so be sure to check it before you travel.
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