Seolleung Royal Tomb

Seolleung Royal Tomb 2014-07-06T12:38:11+00:00
Red spiked gate leading to the tomb of King Seongjong  at Seonjeongneung in Seoul

Red spiked gate, known as Hongsalmun, leading to the tomb of King Seongjong

Seolleung is the location of two royal tombs. One is of King Seongjong (1457–1494) and another is for his second wife, Queen Jeonghyeon (1462-1530). The burial mound of King Seongjong lies to west of the mound of Queen Jeonghyeon.

Tomb of King Seongjong

Seolleung, the royal tomb of King Seongjong at Seonjeongneung in Seoul

The royal tomb of King Seongjong

The layout of the tomb is similar to others. A red spiked gate, known as Hongsalmun, leads by stone walkway to a T-shaped shrine known as Jeongjagak. The stone walkway has two roads, a higher road for the spirits and a lower road for the king.

Seongjong succeed King Yejong and became king in 1469 at the age of 12. His grandmother, Queen Jeonghee, and mother, Queen Insu, ruled Korea until he turned 20 in 1476. At this age, he began to rule the country.

The country enjoyed peace, prosperity, and economic growth during his 25 year reign. He encourage learning for the ordinary citizen and pushed for the publishing of books on topics such as geography social etiquette.

A code of law known as Gyeonggukdaejeon (Grand Code of State Administration) was completed and proclaimed in 1485 during the 16th year of his reign. This code of law was based on over 500 years of Joseon Dynasty politics.

Queen Gonghye, the first wife of Seongjong, died at a young age in 1474 without having any children.

His second wife was Lady Yun. They had one son who was born in 1476 who became succeed his father and became king in 1494. His was known as King Yeonsangun. Lady Yun was deposed of after causing trouble inside the royal court.

Queen Jeonghyeon was the third wife of Seongjong. They had two daughters and one son. The son, born Yi Yeok, went on to become King Jungjong. Both are buried here at Seonjeongneung.

King Seongjong was interred here in 1495. Memorial rites are held every December 24.

Tomb of Queen Jeonghyeon

Tomb of Queen Jeonghyeon at Seonjeongneung in Seoul

Tomb of Queen Jeonghyeon

Queen Jeonghyeon was the third wife of King Seongjong. She was born Yoon Chang-nyeon in 1462 and was the daughter of Third State Councilor Yeongwon Buwongun.

She was promoted from combine to queen at the age of 17 in 1480. This was after the disposal of Lady Yun.

Queen Jeonghyeon gave birth to one son who went on to become King Jungjong.

She died in 1530 at the age of 68.

Queen Jeonghyeon was interred here in 1530. Memorial rites are held every August 22.