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“Very nice Park but you can see very little of the tombs”

Seolleung & Jeongneung Royal Tomb
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Private Tour of Seoul: History and Culture or Urban Sights
Ranked #98 of 798 things to do in Seoul
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Reviewed October 30, 2013 via mobile

The Park is small but beautiful. The admission also is extremely cheap (less than 0.8 euros).
The downside is that the tombs are fenced quite far, therfore you get to see very little of them

Thank Luca P
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Reviewed October 25, 2013

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.

6  Thank BradJill
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Reviewed August 1, 2013

The burial ground is part of the 40 tombs of members of the Joseon Dynasty (1392–1910), which were listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2009. What make it special is three factors. First, it is in the south of the capital city, and is about 350 meters from Seolleung Station. Second, it consists of not one, but three tombs for two kings and one queen. Finally, it is nice to walk in the park, since there are trees there.

The westernmost tomb belongs to the 9th King Seongjong (r. 1469–1494). His second wife was buried here because she gave birth to the king’s second son. The son later became the 11th king (r. 1506–1544), called King Jungjong. The other Easternmost tomb belongs to him. He became king after his predecessor and his half brother was dethroned for being the worst tyrant in the dynasty’s history.

Thank abuben
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Reviewed June 16, 2013 via mobile

Took a free guided tour offered by the city of Seoul and met my tour guide one subway stop east of Gangnam station. Both Jeongneung (Royal Tomb of King Jungjong) and Seolleung (Royal Tomb of King Seongjong and Queen Jeonghyeon) are located close to each other and are included in a single admission price of less than one US dollar. Amazing place to visit, especially since it is surrounded by skyscrapers; my tour guide said the land is worth at least seven billion dollars at today's market prices!

In ancient times, the tombs had to be at least four miles outside the city limits of Seoul - not anymore as they are smack dab in the middle of everything south of the Han River. Make sure you stop by the history center to find out how the tombs were built.

Thank BrockDaBadger
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Reviewed June 16, 2013 via mobile

Took a free guided tour offered by the city of Seoul and met my tour guide one subway stop east of Gangnam station. Both Seolleung (Royal Tomb of King Seongjong and Queen Jeonghyeon) and Jeongneung (Royal Tomb of King Jungjong) are located close to each other and are included in a single admission price of less than one US Dollar. Amazing place to visit, especially since it is surrounded by skyscrapers; my tour guide said the land is worth at least seven billion dollars at today's market prices!

In ancient times, the tombs had to be at least four miles outside the city limits of Seoul - not anymore as they are smack dab in the middle of everything south of the Han River. Make sure you stop by the history center to find out how the tombs were built.

1  Thank BrockDaBadger
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