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Commemorative stele of Silla King Jinheung

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Name: Commemorative Stele of Silla King Jinheung, Period: Silla Period,Location: Changnyeong County, South Gyeongsang, Status: National Treasure No. 33

King Jinheung of the Silla Dynasty built the monument after he made a royal tour of Bitbeolgaya (now Changnyeong) that he had incorporated into the Silla territory.

At that time, Bitbeolgaya was an important territory for Silla to progress toward the West, with historians describing it as “the pivot of a fan.” Accordingly, it was incorporated into Silla territory in the 16th year (555) of King Jinheung.

In 561, King Jinheung made a royal tour of the area. Four years later, it was incorporated with Daeyaju (today’s Hapcheon) and called either Bisabeol-gun or Bijahwa-gun.

The monument was at the foot of the hill of Mokmasanseong Fortress at first, but in 1924 it was moved to the present site and placed inside a pavilion. It has the common form of those in the Silla Era among the Three Dynasties - namely Goguryeo, Silla and Baekje.

The frontal surface of a natural stone was trimmed to be even and carved with an epitaph. The outline was marked with a line around the monument.

The construction date of the monument was in the 22nd year (561) of King Jinheung, which was one year before Daegaya was destroyed.

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