Seonjeongneung is the name of the park and royal tombs close to Seollung Station on line 2 in Gangnam-gu, Seoul. The two most notable tombs are those of King Seonjeong and King Jungjong, both of the Joseon dynasty. There is a path that circles around the park and there are a number of statues, shrines, and smaller structures throughout. There is also an interesting juxtaposition of old and new, as the highrise buildings of Gangnam peak over the hills and trees inside the park.
Tomb of King Seonjeong (King Seolleung)
This is the first tomb on the path, if travelling counter-clockwise. Set atop a hill, the large circular mound is surrounded by statues of soldiers and animals of the zodiac. A small wall is at the rear of the tomb, and a large field spreads out in front, which offers a view of both the tomb area and, in the opposite direction, of the buildings in Samseong-dong and Gangnam.
Tomb of King Jungjong (King Jeongreung)
Tomb of Queen Jeonghyeon
A "Jaesil" (재실) is a house built with used timbers . The one at Seongjeongneung is located to the right of the main entrance---one of the final destinations if walking counter-clockwise around the park---and was used by caretakers and priests who prepared sacrifices and offerings to the royalty buried here. Even today there is a caretaker who uses the jaesil for memorial services dedicated to the departed. The site underwent a major renovation in 2005, and reopened on April 1, 2006.
Admission is 1,000 won for adults, 500 won for children, and free for those age six and under. The site is closed on Mondays and holidays. A small parking lot is available.
- Via subway: The tombs are accessible from exit 2 of Seolleung Station or exit 7 of Gangnam-gu Office Station.
- Via bus: The following buses go to or near the tombs: 146, 360, 472, 730, 3219, 6411, 4312, 4420, and 6411.
- Address: 서울특별시 강남구 삼성2동 135-4
- Telephone: (02) 568-1291