Seolleung & Jeongneung Royal Tomb

Seolleung & Jeongneung Royal Tomb

Seolleung & Jeongneung Royal Tomb
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Neighborhood: Samseongdong / COEX
A large business hub, Samseongdong is anchored by Korea’s World Trade Center, where many important business exhibitions and meetings are held. The enormous COEX mall sprawls underground, providing a myriad of things to do and see, including a large aquarium and movie theater. For a bit of peace and zen, head over to the ornate Bongeunsa Temple which is one of Korea’s most important places of worship. Or take a stroll nearby through the tranquil royal burial grounds of Seonjeongneung, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
How to get there
  • Seonjeongneung • 4 min walk
  • Seolleung • 8 min walk
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BradJill
Hong Kong, China159,655 contributions
Oct 2013 • Solo
Jeongnung is the royal tomb of King Jungjong which is in the same grounds as Seollung (the royal tomb of King Seongjong and Queen Jeonghyeon) and thus visited together. Collectively they are called "Seonjeongneung". These three well-preserved royal tombs in the Gangnam district were included in the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage list in 2009 and makes for a very good visit in the Coex Mall area.

Admission costs KRW1000 (~USD1) and gains access to all tombs. The attraction is closed on Mondays, and opening times are early (6 or 630am) til 8pm.

A few minutes from the entrance, there is a building which houses an introduction center for the site. Most of the text is in Korean, but there are excellent animation videos which show how the tombs were constructed in the 15th and 16th century. Unfortunately there is no English information for foreigners to know more about the Kings and Queen who were buried here, but there is an English brochure which makes up for this lack. There is also a postcard available here which gives a view of Seollung from the back, closer to the tomb (note the tombs can only viewed from the side).

The royal tombs are on very high mounds; with Jeongnung, the stone sculptures can only be partially seen from ground level. With Seollung one can walk up to the level of the tombs but as mentioned they are viewed from the side. At the foot of the Kings' burial mounds are sacrificial buildings with simple interiors and there are two stone paths leading from the red gate. Avoid stepping on the spirit path and spirit steps as these are considered sacred. What was lovely about this attraction is the wooded area between Jeongnung and Seollung which offered a very pleasant stroll through lush greenery.

These tombs might be similar to other royal tombs which are found in other locations in Korea (also inscribed in the World Heritage list), and may feel repetitive to some. However for first timers, Seonjeongnung makes for a very good, interesting and easy attraction to visit. Other attractions enjoyed in the same area are Bongeusa Temple and the Pulmuone Kimchi Museum.

Seonjeongneung is walking distance from Coex Mall or you can take Line 2 Seollung Station, Exit 8. There are wheelchairs free for use as well as baby strollers for rental.
Written October 26, 2013
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kjmagnuson
Los Angeles, CA668 contributions
May 2012 • Solo
The Seolleung Tombs are perhaps the most easily accessible tombs in Seoul. Since I visited in 2008, I've heard that the tombs themselves can only be visited from a nearby viewing area. I found it fascinating to explore the tombs close-up, but this practice is probably for the best. However, for those who are interested in exploring Seoul's dynastic history, there are numerous tombs surrounding Seoul that have no such barriers.

I recommend visiting royal tombs in and around Seoul in the spring when the grass is the most green, and the grounds are the most pleasant for a walk. Seoul's colder seasons will make a rather dreary visit. The Royal tombs of the Joseon Dynasty are the most complete and preserved tomb tradition found in East Asia.
Written November 26, 2012
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Kat
Seoul, South Korea2,117 contributions
Jun 2018 • Solo
I was just there yesterday as it was only a 5 minute walk from my hotel L7 Gangnam. I went for a nature walk and absolutely loved it. It's easy to walk and there are plenty of benches around for those who want to take a break. It was so green and pretty..almost felt as if walking in a forest. I went to 2 out of the 3 tombs, and liked the Korean traditional hanok houses but was really impressed more with the nature. I could believe such a peaceful place exists in Gangnam. It was so refreshing to take a walk and ponder. Would love to come back in the fall.
Written June 11, 2018
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DantesCaulfieldGatz
Savannah, GA51 contributions
Apr 2018 • Friends
This is a UNESCO site that is a bargain for the W1,000 you pay to gain entry. A breath of fresh air and green space in the gleaming, sterile district of Gangnam, it's a good place to catch a mix of history and nature amidst one of Seoul's most glitzy areas.

There are three tombs dating to the early Joseon dynasty and several nice walking paths between. The small museum on the site has very little translated into any languages other than Korean, but the site and its paths alone make a visit worthwhile. Very calming.
Written April 23, 2018
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hazinheira
Singapore, Singapore896 contributions
Apr 2016 • Couples
We wanted to go already for some time, but the tombs are a bit far from our usual hangout places in Seoul. Despite that, the tombs are easily accessible either by subway (Seolleung station - both yellow and green lines) or bus.
There's a KRW 1000 entrance fee, and the whole complex is secluded. It feels like an island of fresh and pure air in middle of the bustling city, and it is very well maintained.
There are three tombs to see, an impressive forest (there's a 500 yo ginkgo tree) and plenty of small animals - birds, squirrels, woodpeckers, grouses.
The whole complex is a UNESCO World Heritage.
Written April 23, 2016
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Alan S
North East, MD90 contributions
Apr 2015 • Solo
Think of this as a nature preserve in the middle of the city rather than a tourist attraction. If you are looking for a peaceful stroll along well maintained and wooded paths with lots of different types of birds, then this is your park. However if you are looking to see the burial tombs and learn some Korea history, this is not your best option.
Written April 25, 2015
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Tomi N
55 contributions
Sep 2019 • Business
1000 krw. Beautiful green oasis in the middle of buzzing metropol. Three tombs of royals, good info, peaceful area, nice trails and nice spots with benches where relax and enjoy.
Written September 4, 2019
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Kat
Seoul, South Korea2,117 contributions
Aug 2019

One of my favorite places in Gangnam to take a walk and escape the crowds and modernity. Seolleung Royal Tombs aka Seonjeongeung is the burial place of King Seongjong and his second wife Queen Jeong Hyeon and the King’s second son King Jungjong.
‘Seonjeongeung’ comes from Seolleung+Jeongneung. It has been designed as a historic site, as well as UNESCO World Heritage site. It is open Tuesday-Sunday and lies in a forest/park-like grounds. It is easily accessible by metro, bus or taxi.
If you are going for a walk here in the summer bring a bottle of water, although you can find water fountains inside.
Written August 11, 2019
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I Widyahening
Jakarta, Indonesia140 contributions
Oct 2018
The tomb is located in the middle of Gangnam area so it is very easy to visit if you are happen to stay in one of the many hotels within the territory. It covers a very vast and hilly area so you better wear convenient shoes if you plan to visit it.
Written July 21, 2019
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Wanderer3247
75 contributions
May 2019 • Solo
This was a nice way to spend a couple hours. Very cheap to get in (1,000 won). They provide you with an English brochure. Tombs aren’t terribly exciting but the park itself is beautiful and it is hard to believe it is in the middle of the city. If you are nearby, you should stop and visit.
Written May 8, 2019
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