February 25, 2024

Two Koreas to resume joint excavation of ancient palace

Palace site & Koryo era can be seen as symbolic for Korean unification, cooperation

South Korea’s Ministry of Unification on Monday announced plans to resume the inter-Korean project of conducting an archaeological excavation of Manwoldae Palace in the North Korean border city of Kaesong.

Manwoldae – a Koryo-era royal palace built in the 10th century – is considered one of the most important historical sites in the country, but has been inaccessible to South Korean archaeologists and historians since it is located in Kaesong, north of the demilitarized zone separating North and South Korea.