The Royal Tombs of the Joseon Dynasty form a collection of 40 tombs scattered over 18 locations. Built over five centuries, from 1408 to 1966, the tombs honoured the memory of ancestors, showed respect for their achievements, asserted royal authority, protected ancestral spirits from evil and provided protection from vandalism. Spots of outstanding natural beauty were chosen for the tombs which typically have their back protected by a hill as they face south toward water and, ideally, layers of mountain ridges in the distance. Alongside the burial area, the royal tombs feature a ceremonial area and an entrance. In addition to the burial mounds, associated buildings that are an integral part of the tombs include a T-shaped wooden shrine, a shed for stele, a royal kitchen and a guards’ house, a red-spiked gate and the tomb keeper’s house. The grounds are adorned on the outside with a range of stone objects including figures of people and animals. The Joseon Tombs completes the 5,000 year history of royal tombs architecture in the Korean peninsula.

- UNESCO (CC-BY-SA IGO 3.0)

18 sites in this World Heritage

  • Donggureung Cluster
  • Hongyureung Cluster
  • Sareung Cluster
  • Gwangneung Cluster
  • Yeongneung Cluster
  • Jangneung Cluster
  • Seolleung Cluster
  • Heolleung Cluster
  • Taereung Cluster
  • Jeongneung Cluster
  • Uireung Cluster
  • Seooreung Cluster
  • Seosamreung Cluster
  • Olleung Cluster
  • Pajusamreung Cluster
  • Jangneung Cluster
  • Jangneung Cluster
  • Yungneung Cluster

Donggureung Cluster

Hongyureung Cluster

Sareung Cluster

Gwangneung Cluster

Yeongneung Cluster

Jangneung Cluster

Seolleung Cluster

Heolleung Cluster

Taereung Cluster

Jeongneung Cluster

Uireung Cluster

Seooreung Cluster

Seosamreung Cluster

Olleung Cluster

Pajusamreung Cluster

Jangneung Cluster

Jangneung Cluster

Yungneung Cluster

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DATA

Region
Asia and the Pacific
Country
Korea 
Category
Cultural
Name
Royal Tombs of the Joseon Dynasty
Selection Criteria (?)
(iii)(iv)(vi)
Year of Registered
2009
Keyword
Registered in 2009, Tomb