Jeongneung is the royal tomb of King Jungjong (1488-1544), second son of King Seongjong and Queen Jeonghyeon, who are buried nearby at Seolleung Royal Tomb.
Jungjong was born Yi Yeok on April 16, 1488. He ascended to the throne to become the eleventh Joseon king at the age of 18 in 1506. He became king after his older half brother, King Yeonsangun, was ousted from the throne during a coup caused by tyrannical misrule.
In the first few years of his reign he reopened Seonggyungwan royal university and the Office of Censors. Jeongneung’s power was limited by those who put him in power. Once they died, Jungjong began to extend his royal authority including attempting to strengthen royal authority.
After his death in 1544, Jeongneung was buried northwest of Seoul at Huireung (Seosamneung Royal Tomb). He was interned next to his second wife, Queen Janggyeong. In 1562, his third wife, Queen Munjeong moved the tomb to the present site seen today which was seen as more propitious.
Munjeong wanted to be buried next to Jeongneung, but failed in her efforts. She is now buried alone at Taereung in northeast Seoul.
Queen Dangyeong, the first wife of Jeongneung, was deposed and killed during the coup that led to his accession to the throne. She was reinstated during the reign of King Yeongjo and is buried at Olleung.
Stone figures that surround the tomb are 3 meters (9.8 feet) tall.
Rites for Jungjong are held every December 9th.