UNESCO World Heritage Sites

Seonjeongneung (Tomb)

Seonjeongneung (Tomb)


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Seonjeongneung is the name of Seolleung and Jeongneung combined, and it refers to the royal tombs of King Seongjong (the 9th king of the Joseon Dynasty), Queen Jeonghyeon (the second wife of King Seongjong) and King Jungjong (a son of the two). Seonjeongneung was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2009, enhancing its status as historic remains. It is easily accessible as it is situated close to Seolleung Station, Subway Line 2. It makes an ideal place for the public to enjoy a stroll.

Seolleung, the tomb of King Seongjong (reigned 1469-1494) was built in 1495; subsequently, the tomb of Queen Jeonghyeon (1462-1530) was built on the east side of Seolleung in 1530. Jeongneung, which is the tomb of King Jungjong (the 11th king of the Joseon Dynasty, reigned 1506-1544), was built in 1544, and was moved from its original site in Wondang, Goyang-gun, Gyeonggi-do, to this current location in 1562 by Queen Munjeong (the second wife of King Jungjong, 1501-1565). Seonjeongneung is designated as Historic Site No. 199 as well as being a UNESCO World Heritage site.


Seolleung and Samneung Park, alternative names for Seonjeongneung

Seonjeongneung always attracts many visitors due to its easily accessible location. Although it is also known as “Samneung” since there are three royal tombs, or simply as “Seolleung”, Seonjeongneung is in fact the correct name, which combines Seolleung and Jeongneung together.
  • A view of the entrance to Jaesil
    A view of the entrance to Jaesil, a place to prepare for ancestral rites or stop a while

  • The tomb of Queen Jeonghyeon
    The tomb of Queen Jeonghyeon, the second wife of King Seongjong and the mother of King Jungjong
After coming through the entrance, Seolleung and the tomb of Queen Jeonghyeon immediately meet the eye. After passing by Seolleung with Jaesil (a house for preparing for ancestral rites) and Jeongjagak (a house for sacrifice before a royal tomb), and walking along a pathway on the right, you can see Jeongneung. Seolleung is on a small mound covered with grass and is surrounded by sheltering stones and stone railings, and the tomb of Queen Jeonghyeon features only stone railings.


  • Stone statues of a warrior and the 12 animals of the zodiac in front of Seolleung
    Stone statues of a warrior and the 12 animals of the zodiac in front of Seolleung

  • Jeongneung and stone statues of a scholar, warrior and the 12 zodiac animals
    Jeongneung and stone statues of a scholar, warrior and the 12 zodiac animals
  • A front view of Jeongjagak and Jeongneung
    A front view of Jeongjagak and Jeongneung

  • Iljumun, an entrance to Seolleung, and Jeongjagak
    Iljumun, an entrance to Seolleung, and Jeongjagak

  • The monumental house for Seolleung
    The monumental house for Seolleung

  • Jeongneung, the tomb of King Jungjong, and Jeongneung Jeongjagak
    Jeongneung, the tomb of King Jungjong, and Jeongneung Jeongjagak
Jeongneung is different from Seolleung in that its lattice gate and Jeongjagak are in line with the tomb itself. The area surrounding Jeongneung features a wide green open space encircled by trees, which form a boundary with the downtown area.


A pleasant stroll in downtown Seoul

A wide green open space provides the public with a place to relax▶ A wide green open space provides the public with a place to relax


Beyond Seonjeongneung, the skyscrapers of the Gangnam area meet the eye. This is a popular place with nearby workers who take a stroll or enjoy a break at lunchtime. Seonjeongneung features a wide range of trees, bushes and hedges, such as pine, cherry, flowering cherry, wild pear, fir and ginkgo, bridal wreath, hawthorn, weigela, oleaster, redbud, privet and cranberry. Each tree bears a name-tag, just like in an arboretum, offering another fun way to enjoy taking a stroll.

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