Seonjeongneung Royal Tombs in Seoul From Joseon Dynasty

Seonjeongneung Royal Tombs in Seoul comprises of the Seonneung Royal Tomb and the Jeongneung Royal Tomb. Located in downtown Seoul, this place offers tranquil and pleasant promenades. Seonjeongneung houses the burial mounds of King Seonjong (1469-1494), his wife Queen Jeonghyeon and King Jungjong (1506-1544) of the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910)

The second son of Seongjong, King Jungjong is considered to be one of the best Kings of the Joseon era. He is famous for his policies and the economic growth that occurred during his rule.

His reign is also notable for political reform and the adjusting for the faults of previous administrations. He was also responsible for the introduction of Hyangyak, a method of self administration that is still in practice by modern Korean government.

The 11th King of the Joseon Dynasty, King Jungjong ruled for 38 years from 1506-1544. Originally buried at Goyang in the North of Seoul, he was later moved here by his third wife, Queen Mungjeong. Entering the grounds, you can see a red gate with taegeuk or yin-yang symbol. There are stone paths leading to the sacrificial building.

There are two stone paths - the elevated path is for the dead King and the lower one is for living people.

There are statues of animals including sheep and tigers as well as those of military personnel surrounding the tomb. There are two stones in front of the tomb. The stones are called Mangjuseok which are designed to guide the dead King to his tomb.

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