Leaving a mark
The 38-character epigraph was found on Dec. 6 by Park Hong-guk, an archaeology professor at Uiduk University and the director of the university’s museum. Some of the characters are hard to decipher, but experts say it says in part that a middle-ranking Shilla nobleman visited the cave and left the writing in either 663 or 543. Park and other researchers say the finding indicates the cave was a popular tourist site during the Three Kingdoms period (57 B.C. to 668 A.D.).
By Kim Hyung-eun