Jeongneung Royal Tomb [UNESCO World Heritage] (서울 정릉 [유네스코 세계 문화유산])


116, Arirang-ro 19-gil, Seongbuk-gu, Seoul
서울특별시 성북구 아리랑로19길 116


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"Neglected for Royal Ascendance"

Jeongneung Royal Tomb (정릉) is the tomb of Queen Consort Sindeok, the second wife of King Taejo (1392-1398), founder of the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910). However, this tomb was not well-maintained compared to other royal tombs because of a power struggle. The queen consort had many children, which naturally induced a battle for the throne. Usually the son of the first wife is the successor of the throne, but Queen Consort Sindeok was determined to have one of her sons ascend the throne instead. However, the successor, King Taejong, killed all her sons and developed an extreme abhorrence towards the queen consort. When she died, King Taejong issued an order to not maintain and preserve her tomb. Therefore, the tomb is rather unkempt and the layout and composition is different from other royal tombs.

Upon entering the red gate, the sacrificial building can be seen in front of the tomb along with a pavilion and tombstone. Stone sculptures of sheep and tigers watch over the tomb. A major difference between this tomb and other royal tombs is exhibited in the path from the red gate to the sacrificial building. Usually the path is a straight line, but at Jeongneung Royal Tomb, it is crooked and bent. Furthermore, the color of the sacrificial building is dull and faded.

Even though the tomb symbolizes the turmoil and wrath of political struggles, many couples and families come to Jeongneung Royal Tomb for a stroll because of its peacefulness and natural surroundings.





Current Status

Historic Site No.208 (Designated on May 26, 1970)


Closed Mondays

Operating Hours

06:00-18:00 (Feb-May) / 06:00-18:30 (Jun-Aug) / 06:30-17:30 (Nov-Jan)

Maximum Occupancy

1,000 people

Parking Facilities

13 parking spaces

Admission Fees

Adults (ages 19~64) 1,000 won / Group 800 won

Children (ages 7~18) 500 won / Group 400 won

* Last admission: 1 hour before closing.

* Children (ages 6 & under) and Seniors (ages 65 & over) may enter free of charge.
ID must be presented at the ticket box.

[Free entry]

* All visitors on the last Wednesday of each month (Culture Day) from January 29, 2014.

* Visitors wearing Hanbok.

* State or National guests and their entourages.

[Hourly / Lunch / Day Pass]

Hourly Pass : Valid for 1 year

Early Bird Entry: 06:00-09:00 / (Nov-Feb 06:30-09:00)

Lunch Entry: 11:30-13:30
- Fee: 30,000 won

Lunch Pass: Valid for 3 months

- Entry : 11:30-13:00

- Fee: 30,000 won

Day Pass: Valid for 1 month

- Entry : Anytime during the operating hours.

- Fee: 10,000 won

Facilities for the Handicapped

Wheelchair rental service, designated toilet and parking lot



Baby Stroller Rentals



Not permitted