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Tamaudun, Naha

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Tamaudun is a mausoleum in Shuri, Okinawa, built for Ryūkyūan royalty in 1501 by King Shō Shin, the third king of the Second Shō Dynasty a short distance from Shuri Castle.The site, covering an area of 2,442m², consists of two stone-walled enclosures, the three compartments of the mausoleum itself facing north and backed by a natural cliff to the south. A stone stele in the outer enclosure memorializes the construction of the mausoleum, and lists the name of Shō Shin along with those of eight others involved in the construction. The three compartments of the mausoleum are laid out from east to west, with kings and queens in the eastern compartment and the princes and rest of the royal family in the western compartment, the central compartment used for the Ryukyuan tradition of senkotsu; remains would only be kept here for a limited time, after which the bones were washed and entombed. The shisa (stone lions) guarding the tomb are examples of traditional Ryūkyūan stone sculpture. The architectural style of the mausoleum represents that of the royal palace at the time, which was a stone structure with a wooden roof.Eighteen kings are entombed at Tamaudun, along with their queens and royal children. The first to be buried there was King Shō En, for whom the mausoleum was constructed upon the orders of his son and successor, Shō Shin. The last was former Crown Prince Shō Ten, son of the Ryūkyū Kingdom's last king, Shō Tai, who was entombed there on September 26, 1920. The structure suffered extensive damage in the 1945 battle of Okinawa, and was subsequently looted, but the tombs and royal remains themselves remain intact, and much of the structure has been restored in the years since the end of the war. It was designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO on December 2, 2000, as a part of the site group Gusuku Sites and Related Properties of the Kingdom of Ryukyu.
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  • Tomb of former King is buried at the world heritage site. While modest underground Museum is easy to understand how buried King or, are described.
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  • Is the main island of Okinawa for the first time, went here for the first time. That and a world heritage site. Very few tourists, I was at (daytime) between the two or so. On-site could spend the time quiet and very luxurious. YUI rail 1, show tickets and discount us.
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  • There is really nothing much to see here. We visited this place as it is within walking distance from the castle but we were pretty disappointed. We even paid a fee to visit the museum which is so sma...  more »
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  • An important historical and cultural site in Okinawa, this is a World Heritage, UNESCO property. It's worth visiting and, a good little walk from any major parking areas. Once purchasing a ticket, to enter, forget about smoking cigarettes, until you depart the grounds.
  • Unique grave site for the royals. Interesting to learn about the history of ryukyu kingdom
  • Interesting design for the final resting place of the Ryukyu royal family.
  • NOT MANY PEOPLE, QUIET AND PEACEFUL PLACE.
  • Attractions mausoleum on Okinawa. One of the few testimonies of time, that were not destroyed in World War 2.
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