Last week, Little Missy and I made a trip to the Shikinaen Garden.
It was built as a second home for the Ryukyu kings towards the end of the 18th century. Their main home was the Shuri-jo Castle. Like everything else, it was destroyed during WWII, but has been almost completely restored. In 2000, Shikinaen was added to the list of UNESCO World Heritage sites. Considering it’s December, the walk through the grounds was still pretty.
|The main gate|
Since we were in the area, we went to the Tamaudun Mausoleum next. It is right next to Shuri-jo Castle and was built for the royal family at the beginning of the 16th century. It to suffered damage during the war, was restored and is now on the UNESCO World Heritage site list.
The mausoleum consists of three closed chambers, the left is for kings and queens, the right for princes and princesses and the middle for storing the recently deceased. It is built in the tradition of Okinawan tombs, just on a larger, grander scale.