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South Korean first lady visits Humayun's Tomb, says Taj on next trip

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

South Korean today took a tour of the 16th century Humayun's Tomb, the celebrated monument which served as an architectural inspiration for the Taj Mahal, and said she would surely visit the Mughal-era icon in in her next trip to

South Korean Moon Jae-in and his wife had arrived in yesterday as part of his first state visit to the country.

Kim spent nearly 45 minutes in the complex of the iconic garden-tomb that was commissioned by Mughal Humayun's widow

She was given a tour of the by Praveen Singh, Deputy of the Archaeological Survey of India's Delhi Circle, which maintains the site.

Kim, who took a walk through the premises, stopped by at several places to admire the view and of the main tomb.

"This time we had little time, so we are not able to visit the Taj. But, I knew that the Tomb's design had inspired the makers of So, next time, I will surely visit the Taj Mahal," she said.

Built in 1570, the tomb is of a particular cultural significance as it was the first garden-tomb on the Indian subcontinent. It inspired several major architectural innovations, culminating in the construction of the

died in 1556, and his widow Hamida Banu Begam, also known as Haji Begam, commenced the construction of his tomb in 1569, 14 years after his death. It is the first distinct example of proper Mughal style, which was inspired by Persian

"She observed the designs and detailings in very keenly and enquired about the carvings on the walls inside the main tomb. The also visited the chambers in which the two wives of lay buried," Singh told

"I also requested her to visit the in her next trip," he said.

The Korean also enquired about the finial crowning the main tomb and praised the symmetry of the monument and the 'charbagh' design of the garden.

The finial was hit by a massive storm in May 2014 which had dislodged and damaged it. It was restored in 2016.

"The steps leading to the tomb may be of bit high elevation, but the height lend symmetrical view to the monument," she said.

She also posed for pictures at its grand entrance endowed with fountains near the monument.

Moon and his wife had yesterday visited the here.

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First Published: Mon, July 09 2018. 19:15 IST