The Taedong River, flowing through the heart of the capital Pyongyang in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), spans 450.3 kilometers, ranking as the fifth longest river in Korea. The Taedong basin holds numerous historic relics, showcasing the wisdom and talents of Korean ancestors.

One such treasure is the ancient wooden bridge of the Taedong River, constructed in the early 5th century during the period when Koguryo moved its capital to the Walled City of Pyongyang. Koguryo, the first feudal state of Korea, existed between 277 B.C. and A.D. 668.

Researcher Kim Song Chol from the Archaeological Institute under the Academy of Social Sciences shares insights, stating, “The restored bridge measured approximately 375 meters in length and about 9 meters in width. It comprised a main frame, auxiliary frame, and planks with rabbets.”

Built with careful consideration of the physiographical conditions of the Taedong River, this ancient wooden bridge stands as a valuable national heritage, exemplifying the exceptional architecture of the Koguryo people. The bridge serves as a testament to the rich cultural legacy and enduring craftsmanship of Korea’s ancestors.

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