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The Resting Place of King Jeongjo and His Father, King Jango (Crown Prince Sado) Yunggeolleung Royal Tombs, Hwaseong
The Resting Place of King Jeongjo and His Father, King Jango (Crown Prince Sado) Yunggeolleung Royal Tombs, Hwaseong

The Yunggeolleung Royal Tombs consist of the Geolleung Royal Tomb of King Jeongjo and the Yuelleung Royal Tomb of King Jangjo (Crown Prince Sado) and Queen Heongyeong (Lady Hyegyeong). In Joseon’s typical royal tombs, the spiked red gate at the entrance, the T-shaped repository for ceremonial ware, and the tomb itself were aligned in a straight line. On the other hand, the Yungneung Royal Tomb is positioned off the line between the spiked red gate and the T-shaped repository. It is said that King Jeongjo chose this unique layout so that his father in the tomb could enjoy a clear view of the surroundings. The path connecting the two royal tombs is a highly popular walking trail. The trail runs 3.3 km and takes 50–90 minutes to complete. The trail, which some call “a resting spot for the living prepared by the departed,” begins with a host of tall and lush trees. Cool breezes accompany the visitors and carry the fresh scent of the trees that cleanse their bodies and souls. In autumn, the trail is covered in fallen leaves, enhancing the season’s atmosphere. Benches are strewn across the trail, so visitors can rest their legs whenever they want. In addition, the Yongjusa Temple is a five-minute drive from the tombs. The temple was built by King Jeongjo to guard the tomb of his father and console the tragic prince’s soul.

The Resting Place of King Jeongjo and His Father, King Jango (Crown Prince Sado) Yunggeolleung Royal Tombs, Hwaseong