A rare musical instrument of Goguryeo Kingdom found





A rare drum from the Goguryeo Kingdom has been excavated at an ancient fortress site in Yeoncheon-gun, Gyeonggi Province, the Land Museum of Korea said yesterday.

The drum bears Chinese characters, "sang-go," which roughly translates into "drum" in Korean, adding to its historical value. The artifact is depicted in several ancient mural paintings, but it is the first time Korean researchers have discovered an actual drum.

The ancient earthenware drum was found in 13 pieces, one of which bears the Chinese characters referring to its function. If restored, the diameter would be about 55 centimeters, the museum said.


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