Nestled in Sammyo-ri, Kangso District, Nampho, the Kangso Three Tombs date back to the late sixth and mid-seventh centuries. These three earthen tombs, each with a stone chamber, are arranged in a triangular formation.

The largest tomb is situated to the south, with the medium-sized and small tombs positioned to the west and east, respectively. The grandeur of the big and medium-sized tombs, adorned with luxurious decorations, reflects their status as royal burial sites from the late Koguryo period.

What sets these tombs apart are their stunning murals, renowned among over one hundred Koguryo tomb murals for their depictions of the four guardian-gods: the white tiger, phoenix, mythological turtle, and blue dragon. The painting of the blue dragon in the large tomb and the phoenix in the medium-sized tomb are considered masterpieces of medieval Eastern fine art.

In recognition of their historical and artistic significance, the Kangso Three Tombs were inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage list in 2004.

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