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Heritage Gwangneung Royal Tomb[UNESCO World Heritage]

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Gwangneung Royal Tomb[UNESCO World Heritage]1
Gwangneung Royal Tomb[UNESCO World Heritage]2
Gwangneung Royal Tomb[UNESCO World Heritage]3
Gwangneung Royal Tomb[UNESCO World Heritage]4
  • Location

    Namyangju

  • Address

    246-5, Bupyeong-ri, Jinjeop-eup, Namyangju-si

  • TEL

    +82-31-527-7105

Designated as Historic Site No.197, this is the royal tomb of King Sejo (7th king of Joseon) and Queen Jeonghui. Unlike other royal tombs of Joseon, the king and queen are buried separately on different hills. The tomb on the left is King Sejo's, while the one on the right belongs to Queen Jeonghui. A pavilion stands between the two tombs. Unlike other royal tombs, it is constructed with simplicity. This may partly stem from King Sejo's will. He was believed to leave the message, "Upon my death, my body will be decomposed quickly. Do not build a burial chamber and stone coffin. Do not place a retaining stone in my tomb."  As such, twelve horary signs inscribed onto a retaining stone in a typical royal tomb is, rather, sculpted on the hedge-like stone outside the retaining stone in this tomb. The tomb is open between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. and is closed 30 minutes earlier during the winter season.