|Gyeongju Samneung (Adallawangneung, Sindeogwangneung and Gyeongmyeongwangneung) (경주 배동 삼릉)|
means "three royal tombs," and has strong ties to history. The three
royal tombs house three kings of the Silla Kingdom: King Adala (8th King of the Dynasty), King Sindeok (53rd) and King Gyeongmyeong (54th).
King Adala, who cared deeply for his people, mobilized his soldiers to rescue his subjects that were abducted by the invaders of Baekje. After a while, Baekje asked for peace treaty and King Adala released the prisoners he took during the engagement. A kingdom in Japan sent an envoy to ask for friendly relations with the Silla. King Adala’s tomb is 58m in circumference at the base, 5.4m in height and 18m in diameter.
As King Hyogong died without any heirs, the people of the kingdom crowned his son-in-law as their next king – King Sindeok. During his reign, King Sindeok devoted himself to protecting his kingdom from invasions by Gyeonhwon and Gungye. The royal tomb is 61m in circumference at the base, 5.8m in height and 18m in diameter. It was robbed twice, inviting investigations in 1953 and 1963. The investigations revealed the tomb to be a chamber made of stone.
King Gyeongmyeong, the son of King Sindeok, together with Wanggeon, the founder of the Goryeo Dynasty, successfully thwarted Gyeonhwon’s attack against Daeyaseong Fortress. During his reign, he attempted to establish diplomatic relations with the Hudang Dynasty of China, but was unsuccessful. The tomb is 50m in circumference at the base, 4.5m in height and 16m in diameter.
|Historic Site No. 219 (Designated on April 28, 1971)|
|From Seoul Express Bus Terminal, take an express bus bound for Gyeongju Express Bus Terminal.
(First bus 6:10, last bus 23: 55 / travel time: 4 hr)
From Gyeongju Express Bus Terminal, take a taxi to the site.
(Approxi. 5 km away / The taxi fare will cost about 6,500 won.)
Or, take Bus 500 at the Intercity Bus Terminal Bus Stop.
From the bus terminal, walk toward the bridge and take a right to arrive the bus stop on Gangbyeon-ro.
Take a bus and get off at Samneung Bus Stop (20 bus stops)
Walk back toward New Samneung rest area and walk along the right-hand road upon passing the rest area.
The site will be located ahead, along the road.