Photos of Royal Tombs of the Joseon Dynasty, Korea

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Royal Tombs of the Joseon Dynasty

There are forty tombs of members of the Korean Joseon Dynasty (1392–1910) scattered in over 18 locations across South Korea - built to honour and respect the Joseon Kings and Queens and their achievements, they also served to assert Royal authority.

Sureung, Donggureung
 
Hyeolleung, Donggureung
 
King Munjong's tomb
 
Geonwolleung, Donggureung
 
Stele shed, Geonwolleung
 
Mongneung, Donggureung
 
Guard sculptures
 
Queens Ui-in's tomb
 
King Seonjo's tomb
 
Royal stele
 
Hwireung, Donggureung
 
Wolleung, Donggureung
 
Gyeongneung, Donggureung
 
Hyereung, Donggureung
 
Hyereung, Donggureung
 
Sungneung, Donggureung
 
Jeonneung, Samreung Gongwon
 
Samreung Gongwon
 
Stele shed, Seolleung
 
Queen Jeonghyeon's tomb
 
Statues, Samreung Gongwon
 
Statues, Samreung Gongwon
 
King Seonjong's tomb
 
Statues, Samreung Gongwon
 

Donggureung, ("East Nine Royal Tombs"), in a large forest area in Guri, Gyeonggi Province, on the north eastern periphery of Seoul, is the largest cluster of Joseon Dynasty royal tombs in South Korea; there are nine royal mausoleums and seventeen graves, of seven Kings and ten Queens. The nine royal mausoleums include Geonwolleung, the tomb of Joseon Dynasty’s founder King Taejo (1335-1408). The newest tomb here is Gyeongneung, holding the remains of King Heonjong, who ruled from 1834 to 1849, and his wives Queen Hyohyeon and Queen Hyojeong, representing the evolution of Joseon-style tomb architecture over a period of five hundred years.

In the heart of Gangnam-gu, the busy district south of the Han River in

  • Seoul is Samreung Gongwon "Three Tombs Park" with Joseon-era burial mounds and attendant statues of King Seongjong, who ruled from 1469 to 1494, King Jeongjong, who ruled from 1506 - 1544 and Queen Jeonghyeon Wanghum who was King Seongjong's second wife.