Heijo Palace and Kofun Grave

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Heijo Palace

Heijō Palace (平城宮, Heijō-kyū?) in Nara, was the Imperial Palace of Japan (710-784 AD), during most of the Nara period. The Palace was located in the north end of the capital city, Heijō-kyō. The remains of the palace, and the surrounding area, was established as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1998 along with a number of other buildings and area, as the “Historic Monuments of Ancient Nara.”

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Kofun Grave near Heijo Palace

Kofun (古墳, from Sino-Japanese “ancient grave”) are megalithic tombs or tumuli in Japan, constructed between the early 3rd century and the early 7th century AD. They gave their name to the Kofun period (middle 3rd century to early-middle 6th century). Many of the Kofun have distinctive keyhole-shaped mounds (zenpo-koenfun (前方後円墳?)), which are unique to ancient Japan. The MozuFuruichi kofungun or tumulus clusters have been proposed for inscription on the UNESCO World Heritage List, while Ishibutai Kofun is one of a number in Asuka-Fujiwara similarly residing on the Tentative List.[1][2]

(To the left is the Kofun grave surrounded by water)

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(Kofun graves from Google Maps)

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© Bradley Cram

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