An ancient underwater tomb

200 metres off South Korea’s eastern shore from Bonggildaewangam Beach lay King Manmu’s tomb. Within a natural cluster of rocks his remains were buried under the tortoise-shaped rock lying underwater in the centre of the rock formation.

Bonggildaewangam Beach, Gyeongju
Bonggildaewangam Beach, Bonggil-ri, Gyeongju

King Manmu’s will requested he be buried in the East Sea so he could transform into a dragon and thereby protect the country against Japanese invasion. His son constructed a waterway under Gameunsa Temple to enable the king-turned-dragon to enter the sea.