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A Walk Among the Royal Tombs of Nine Kings of Joseon East Nine Royal Tombs (Donggureung), Guri
A Walk Among the Royal Tombs of Nine Kings of Joseon East Nine Royal Tombs (Donggureung), Guri

“Donggureung” means “nine tombs to the east of the capital.” It is the largest of the royal tombs from the Joseon Period. After King Taejo passed away, his son, King Taejong, chose this site as the resting place for his descendants, at the recommendation from Ha Ryun. The nine royal tombs include Geonwolleung built for King Taejo; Hyeolleung (King Munjong and Queen Hyeondeok); Mongneung (King Seonjo, Queen Uiin, and Queen Consort Inmok); Hwireung (Queen Consort Jangnyeol); Sungneung (King Hyeonjong and Queen Myeongseong); Hyereung (Queen Consort Danui); Wolleung (Yeongjo and Queen Jeongsun); Sureung (Crown Prince Hyomyeong, posthumously acclaimed as King Ikjong, and Queen Sinjeong); and Gyeongneung (King Hyeonjong, Queen Consort Hyohyeon, and Queen Consort Hyojeong). The name of the place changed as more tombs were added, from Dongoreung (East Five Royal Tombs) to Dongchilleung (East Seven Royal Tombs), and finally to Donggureung (East Nine Royal Tombs) when the Sureung Royal Tomb was relocated to the site in 1855 (6th year of King Cheoljong’s reign).
Pathways running in all directions from the Geonwolleung Royal Tomb serve as nice walking trails with beautiful sceneries and nature untainted by human contact. Fully grown white oaks and beautiful red pines stand like vassals guarding their kings resting in the tombs. It takes around two hours to follow the trails winding around the nine royal tombs. Warm sunlight beams through the oak and pine leaves, and the ground is covered with leaves dyed in autumn colors, offering visitors a chance to bask in the mood of the season. The softly whirling creek adds to the calmness of the place.

A Walk Among the Royal Tombs of Nine Kings of Joseon East Nine Royal Tombs (Donggureung), Guri