Not many major cities can boast multiple UNESCO World Heritage Sites, but Seoul and its surrounding area have quite a few. One is Jeongneung Royal Tomb, where the remains of Queen Sindeok, the second wife of the Joseon Dynasty's founder King Taejo, are kept. The site displays some differences compared to other royal tombs, such as the crooked path leading to the tomb, which is usually straight, and the dull and faded red color of its building. The reason for this was turbulence in the royal family caused by Queen Sindeok. While the son of the king's first wife traditionally takes over the throne, Queen Sindeok was trying to get one of her sons on the throne instead. This caused a massive power struggle which ended with the killing of all her sons by King Taejo's successor and first son, King Taejong. After Queen Sindeok's death, he ordered that her tomb not be maintained.
While the story surrounding the tomb involves quite a bit of tragedy, the site itself is very serene and peaceful, providing a welcome oasis away from the hustle and bustle of Seoul. It's located on the base of the iconic Bukhansan Mountain, surrounded by lush forest, and many couples and families come to visit for a nice quiet stroll around the area. The opening of the Ui Line in 2017 improved access to the site, attracting even more visitors to the tomb and surrounding area.
|Company Name||Jeongneung Royal Tomb (서울 정릉)|
|Category||Outdoors & Adventure Tour & Sightseeing|
|Opening Hours from February to May||06:00 am - 06:00 pm|
|Opening Hours from June to August||06:00 am - 06:30 pm|
|Opening Hours from November to January||06:30 am - 05:30 pm|
116 Arirang-ro 19-gil, Jeongneung 2(i)-dong, Seongbuk-gu, Seoul, South Korea 116
Take the Ui Line to Jeongneung Station and go out Exit 1. -> Walk straight about 150 meters then turn left at the fork in the road. -> Follow this road for 250 meters and you will reach the entrance to Jeongneung Royal Tomb.