Samneung Royal tomb cluster is located in Paju, Gyeonggi-do. There are 3 burial areas at this site which holds the bodies of 4 royal members. This Royal Tomb and all the other royal tombs in Korea were added to the UNESCO World Heritage list in June, 2009. At Samneung tomb we can find 3 royal tombs called Gongneung, Sulleung and Yeongneung.
Gongneung: Gongneung tomb holds the body of Queen Jangsun. Although never actually becoming the Queen she was given this tittle and a royal tomb was made for her. She died when she was a crown princess after giving birth. Queen Jangsun was the wife of King Yejong, the 8th King of the Joseon Dynasty. Her tomb is very simple compared to other royal tombs.
Sulleung: Sulleung tomb holds the body of Queen Gonghye, the wife of King Seongjong, the 9th King of the Joseon Dynasty. Queen Gonghye was the younger sister of Queen Jangsun and it is the only time in the history of the Joseon Dynasty that two sisters became queen. Queen Gonghye and he sister Queen Jangsun tomb’s are facing each other. As Queen Gonghye was queen while alive her tomb is more decorated than her sisters.
Yeongneung: Yeongneung tomb holds the bodies of King Jinjong and Queen Hyosun. King Jinjong passed away at young age of 13 in Changgyeonggung Palace.
Opening Hours /Admission
March – October: 09:00 am – 18:30 pm
November – February: 09:00 am – 17:30 pm.
Last admission is one hour before closing.
Closed on Mondays.
How to get to Paju Samneung Royal Tombs Gyeonggi-do, Korea:
Take subway line 3 to Gupabal station. Leave exit 2 and take bus 9709, 9710, 909, 760, 30 or 31. Get off at Gongneung Entrance (공릉입구).
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