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Ancient royal tomb opens to public in Urasoe

Date Posted: 2005-04-23

The restoration work on a royal tomb originally built by Kin Ei-Sho in 13th century and later reformed by King Sho Tei in 1620, was completed on April 15.

The tomb that is located within Urasoe Castle remnants was completely destroyed during the Battle of Okinawa. The restoration work began in 2000 after the Sho family, the direct descendants of the kings donated the site to Urasoe City in 1995.

Like the original, the restored tomb consists of curved walls made of limestone. At the completion ceremony, Urasoe Mayor Mitsuo Gima said that he hoped that all people of Okinawa would visit the tomb. “This site was designated a National Treasure before the war. Now it can become such a treasure again,” Gima said.

The restoration work was completed with a Culture Ministry subsidy of \800 million.

To reach the tomb located on the north-west side of the castle site under a cliff, the restorers constructed a tunnel and a gangway that lead to the tomb. The public can also get inside the tomb. The site will open to public from April 30.

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