Gyeongneung Tomb at Seooreung Tombs

Gyeongneung tomb at Seooreung Tombs Korea

Shrine at Gyeongneung Tomb

Gyeongneung tomb is located at the Seeoreung tomb site. Gyeongneung tomb is made up of two tombs. The tomb of King Deokjong and Queen Sohye. King Sejo was the 7th monarch of the Joseon Dynasty. He was born in 1438 and passed away in 1457. In King Sejo’s lifetime he wasn’t given the title of King Sejo. He passed away at the age of 19 as a crown prince. When his second son (King Seongjong) became King, he gave his father and mother (Sohye) the tittle of King and Queen.

Queen Sohye was from the Han family and was born in 1437 and passed away in 1504. She married the crown prince Sejo in 1455 and gave birth to two sons, Wolsan and Seongjong. Queen Sohye was very clever and promoted Instructions for Women to teach them etiquette and translated Buddhist sutras from Chinese to Korean. She wrote a book called Naehun.

For a look at the life during the Joseon Dynasty watch the Korean Drama, “The King and I” it is a South Korean historical drama about a man who serves the Kings of Joseon. He serves Queen Sohye’s son, King Seongjong and Queen Sohye also makes an appearance.

The tomb was built in 1457 for crown price Uigyeong (Later King Sejo) and the tomb was upgraded to a Kng’s tomb by King Seongjong named “Gyeongneung” in 1472. Queen Sohye was buried on the adjacent hill in 1504.

Every year on September 20th there is a ceremony for the memorial rites of Gyeongneung tombs.

Unfortunately like other royal tombs in Korea there is a fence blocking off access. You are still able to get great views of the tomb and Shrine located at the tomb.

Opening Hours / Admission:

March to October: 6am ~ 6:30pm
November to February: 6:30am ~ 4:30pm
Tickets stop going on sale 1 hour before closing time.
Closed on Mondays.


1,000 won for adults (19 to 64)
500 won for youth (7 to 18)

How to get to Gyeongneung Tomb at Seooreung Royal Tombs:

Take line 3 to Nokbeon Station and leave exit 4. Walk straight for about 100 metres and there will be two bus stops on your left. Get on bus 9701 (Red) or Bus 702A (Blue, make sure its is A). Get off at Seooreung Entrance(서오릉입구).
You can also get bus 9701 (Red) from Gusan station line 6 exit 1.
When you get off at the bus stop take the first right and head straight. You will then see the Seooreung Tomb Entrance.

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Visit the other tombs at Seooreung.