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Seolleung / Jeongneung (a.k.a. Seonjeongneung) [UNESCO World Heritage] (서울 선릉과 정릉 [유네스코 세계문화유산])

  • Seolleung / Jeongneung (a.k.a. Seonjeongneung) [UNESCO World Heritage] (서울 선릉과 정릉 [유네스코 세계문화유산])
  • Seolleung / Jeongneung (a.k.a. Seonjeongneung) [UNESCO World Heritage] (서울 선릉과 정릉 [유네스코 세계문화유산])
  • Seolleung / Jeongneung (a.k.a. Seonjeongneung) [UNESCO World Heritage] (서울 선릉과 정릉 [유네스코 세계문화유산])
  • Seolleung / Jeongneung (a.k.a. Seonjeongneung) [UNESCO World Heritage] (서울 선릉과 정릉 [유네스코 세계문화유산])
  • Seolleung / Jeongneung (a.k.a. Seonjeongneung) [UNESCO World Heritage] (서울 선릉과 정릉 [유네스코 세계문화유산])
Address
1, Seolleung-ro 100-gil, Gangnam-gu, Seoul
서울특별시 강남구 선릉로100길 1 (삼성동)
Type
Monuments/ Historical Sites
Inquiries
• 1330 Travel Hotline: +82-2-1330
(Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
• For more info: +82-2-568-1291
Homepage
royaltombs.cha.go.kr (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
  • Information
    Introduction
    * Night-time viewing is restricted to lighted areas
    * Night-time viewing prohibited November-February for the safety of all visitors

    Seonjeongneung is comprised of Seolleung Royal Tomb and Jeongneung Royal Tomb. Located in downtown Seoul, this place offers tranquil and pleasant promenades for couples and office workers. Seonjeongneung houses the burial mounds of King Seongjong (1469-1494), his wife Queen Jeonghyeon, and King Jungjong (1506-1544) of the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910).

    Upon entering the grounds, you can see a red gate (the red colour denotes holiness) with a taegeuk (yin-yang) symbol. The stone paths leading to the sacrificial building are noteworthy because there are two stone paths—the elevated path is for the dead King and the lower one is for living people.

    In the past, memorial rites were performed in the sacrificial building. Small sculptures on the eaves called Japsang were carved in the shape of animals, such as monkeys, and were believed to exorcise evil spirits. Next to the sacrificial building, there is a pavilion and a tombstone for the tomb of the king. Sculptures of sheep and tigers surround the tomb and are guardians of the deceased king. There is also a statue of a military officer bearing a sword. In front of the tomb is an outstanding sight called 'Mangjuseok,' which is a pair of stones designed to guide the spirit of the king to his tomb. Unlike the tombs of the kings, the queen’s tomb, Wanghureung, is simple. It doesn’t have any pavilions or sacrificial buildings, and is surrounded only by stone sculptures as guardians.

    Seonjeongneung has a lush forest, and benches on the promenade provide an ideal place to relax. There are numerous small hills with clusters of trees that create a border between the mystery and serenity of the royal tombs and the hustle and bustle of downtown Seoul.

    Telephone
    +82-2-568-1291

    Current Status
    Historic Site No.199 (Designated on May 26, 1970)

    Closed
    Mondays

    Operating Hours
    February 06:00-18:00 (Last ticketing 17:00)
    March-October 06:00-21:00 (Last ticketing 20:00)
    November-January 06:30-17:30 (Last ticketing 16:30)

    * Viewing takes approx. 1 hour to complete
    * Admission prohibited after 20:00; viewing is limited to lighted areas after dark

    Parking Facilities
    February 06:00-18:00
    March-October 06:00-21:00
    November-January 06:30-17:30

    * Inquiries: +80-330-3600

    Admission Fees
    Individuals: Adults (ages 19-64) - 1,000 won / Children (ages 7-18) - 500 won
    Groups (10 or more people): Adults - 800 won / Children - 400 won


    Facilities for the Handicapped
    Free wheelchair rental service (4 hand-operated and 1 automatic wheelchairs), designated parking spaces

    Baby Stroller Rentals
    Available

    Pets
    Not permitted

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