Bukhansan Monument

Bukhansan Monument
Hangul 북한산신라진흥왕순수비
Hanja 北漢山新羅眞興王巡狩碑
Revised Romanization Bukhansan Silla Jinheungwang Sunsubi
McCune-Reischauer Pukhansan Silla Chinhŭnwang Sunsubi



The South Korean Government designated Bukhhansan Monument National Treasure of Korea No. 3 on December 12, 1962. The rectangular monument is built on a two-story pedestal. Because the monument was exposed to the elements for 1400 years it has suffered weathering and erosion damage. It is currently 154 centimeters high and 69 centimeters wide.


The Bukhansan Monument was rediscovered in 1816 during the reign of Emperor Sunjo by Chusa Kim Jeonghui, a famous calligrapher.

Originally erected on Bibong Peak, Bukhan Mountain, the stone monument was later moved to Gyeongbokgung Palace for safekeeping. Bukhansan Monument is currently displayed in the National Museum of Korea.

Cultural Treasure

The monument is valuable for the historical information inscribed on its surface. There are 12 lines with 32 characters per line in the Haeseoche style of Chinese calligraphy. The inscription praises the Silla King Jinheung's (540-575 C.E.) territorial expansion into the Han River valley and commemorates the occasion when the king came and inspected the new borders of his realm. The inscription explains why the monument was built, describes the achievements of King Jinheung, and also describes the royal retinue. While the exact date of when the monument was constructed is unclear because the era name is illegible, it is believed that the monument was constructed in 561 C.E. or 568 C.E. because the Changnyeongbi Monument and Hwangchoryeongbi Monument was built on those dates respectively.

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