Twin Column Tomb

The Twin Column Tomb is a two-chambered burial tomb dating from Koguryo period. It is located in Nampo, North Korea. It is listed as a National Treasure of North Korea for the painting on the north wall of the back chamber.[1] The tomb was discovered by the Japanese during their occupation of the Korean Peninsula.[2]

Twin Column Tomb
Revised RomanizationSsanggidungmudeom
Alternative name
Revised RomanizationSsangyeongchong

At the Korea International War Crimes Tribunal in June 2001, the DPRK alleged that US Forces used the tomb "to lock up and torture our innocent civilians, during which the frescos were ruthlessly destroyed".[3]

The paintingsEdit

The plaster walls of the tomb were richly decorated with people riding chariots and horses, as well as a musical band. They have all now but disappeared. A portion of the wall painting showing a horse rider was affixed to the wall in 1913, when the tomb was investigated by the Japanese; it later came to Joseon Government-General Museum and is now in the collection of the National Museum of Korea.[4]


  1. ^ "Twin Pillars Tomb". University of Pennsylvania. 2014. Retrieved January 2, 2015.
  2. ^ Chua, Pei Jun (Jermaine) (2011). "III. UNESCO: bringing Koguryo heritage to the international stage". The Making of China's Koguryo: Political Motivations and Cultural Strategies in the Borderlands (PDF) (M.A.). National University of Singapore. Retrieved January 2, 2015.
  3. ^ Investigation Committee, National Front for Democratic Unification (June 2001). "2. Report from the Democratic People's Republic of Korea on U.S. War Crimes During the Korean War. IV. Plunder of Cultural Treasures and the People's Property". International Action Center. Retrieved January 2, 2015.
  4. ^ "Collection Highlights-Fragment of a Mural Featuring a Horse Rider". National Museum of Korea. Archived from the original on March 9, 2015. Retrieved March 4, 2015.