Royal Tombs of the Joseon Dynasty

Year of UNESCO Registration: 2009

A total of 40 royal tombs from the Joseon Kingdom are scattered around 18 regions, including Guri in Gyeonggido Province. They were created over the period of five centuries from 1408 to 1966 to manifest the history and dignity of the dynasty. The royal tombs played a role in praising and respecting the ancestors’ achievements, while strengthening the royal authority. Unlike the artificially created royal tombs of China, these tombs in Korea are known for their unique, natural beauty. The architectural styles that reveal the characteristics of each historical period, along with a variety of stone figures and the unique landscape styles based on Confucian and geomantic traditions, represent an important stage of the development of tombs in Korea and in Northeast Asia.

Source: Cultural Heritage Administration

Royal Tombs of the Joseon Dynasty

Source: KBS