Tourist Attractions per Theme

Heritage Royal Tombs of the Joseon Dynasty [UNESCO World Heritage]

WriterAdministratorDate11/10/2014

Royal Tombs of the Joseon Dynasty [UNESCO World Heritage]1
Royal Tombs of the Joseon Dynasty [UNESCO World Heritage]2
Royal Tombs of the Joseon Dynasty [UNESCO World Heritage]3
Royal Tombs of the Joseon Dynasty [UNESCO World Heritage]4
  • Location

    Yeoju

  • Address

    269-50, Yeongneung-ro, Neungseo-myeon, Yeoju-si

  • TEL

    +82-31-885-3123~4

The tomb refers to both Yeongneung (the joint tomb of King Sejong [4th king of Joseon] and Queen Soheon) and Nyeongneung (the joint tomb of King Hyojong [17th king of Joseon] and Queen Inseon). Yeongneung was initially located in Helleung, Gwangju (currently Naegok-dong, Seocho-gu, Seoul) and relocated to the current place in 1469. The current site is known to be the best site for a grave, with geomantic shapes resembling the sun, moon, and phoenix swooning with two unfolding wings. It is home to a shrine, Statue of King Sejong the Great, and a memorial hall commemorating the achievements of King Sejong the Great. The tomb hosts various events around Hangeul Day (a day celebrating Hangeul, the Korean alphabet which attributes its birth to King Sejong). Nyeongneung, the joint tomb of King Hyojong and Queen Inseon, was relocated to the current place from Geonwolleung in Guri in 1673. The tomb on the left is King Hyojong's, and the one on the right belongs to Queen Inseon. Queen Inseon's does not have Gokjang (three sides of walls around the burial mound), unlike King Hyojong's. The two tombs are placed slightly differently than each other, indicating the different place of the tombs at the initial stage. Other tomb arrangements and styles follow Gukjo-oryeui (Five Rites of State) in the early Joseon Dynasty.