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[Korea] Closed Royal Tombs to Open to the Public

  • Date12/31/2012
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Photo Credit: Cultural Heritage Administration

The Cultural Heritage Administration of Korea will open three Joseon Dynasty royal tombs, including Sungneung in Guri-si Gyeonggi-do, Sareung in Namyangju-si Gyeonggi-do, and Gangneung in Seoul, to the public starting January 1, 2013.

The royal tombs, which are registered as UNESCO World Heritage sites, have not allowed public access for the reason of preservation. After going through maintenance and installing several convenience facilities, the tombs are now ready to welcome visitors. The opening of the tombs is expected to help the public better understand the history and culture of Joseon Dynasty.

Admission to Sungneung is 1,000 won for adults and free for children, while admissions to Sareung and Gangneung are free for all age groups.

* Sungneung
One of the nine tombs of Donggureung. Tomb of Hyeonjong (the 18th King of Joseon Dynasty) & Queen Myeongseong. Starting with the opening of Sungneung, all the tombs in Donggureung will be open to the public.

* Sareung
Tomb of Danjong (the 6th King of Joseon Dynasty) and Queen Jeongsun.

* Gangneung
Tomb of Myeongjong (the 13th King of Joseon Dynasty) located next to Taereung, a tomb of his mother, Queen Munjeong

More info

< Royal Tomb Opening: Sungneung, Sareung, Gangneung >
Grand opening: January 1, 2013
Location: Sungneung (Guri-si Gyeonggi-do), Sareung (Namyangju-si Gyeonggi-do), and Gangneung (Nowon-gu, Seoul-si)
Opening hours: Winter 09:00–17:30 / Summer 09:00–18:00 ※ Closed on Mondays
    Sungneung: Adults 1,000 won / Children Free
    Sareung & Gangneung: Free
Homepage: (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
Inquiries: Cultural Heritage Administration +82-42-481-4738/ 4797 (Korean, English)
1330 Korea Travel Hotline: +82-2-1330 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
Related article: The 40 Royal Tombs of the Joseon Dynasty

Courtesy of Cultural Heritage Administration